Raj Thackeray (File Photo)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray on Saturday claimed that another “Pulwama-like attack would be organised within a couple of months", at the height of the Lok Sabha elections.”
"Mark my words - another 'Pulwama-type' strike will be organised in the next two months, during the Lok Sabha elections, to divert peoples' attention from all problems to patriotism," he said, addressing the MNS' 13th anniversary celebrations.
This is because, Thackeray alleged, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have "miserably failed" in all their policies, including the Ram temple issue.
Thackeray’s remarks come at a time when the Congress and other opposition parties have accused the government of constantly calling attention to the airstrike in BJP’s election rallies, in the process of politicising the aerial bombing on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The opposition has also raised questions on the government’s claim that over 300 terrorists were neutralised in the pre-dawn strike. However, an assessment by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) that said some 300 mobile phones were active at Balakot just before 12 Mirage 2000 of the IAF dropped laser-guided bombs on the terror camp.