The prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Dawood Ibrahim, now a fugitive in Karachi, is ill and is negotiating with the Central Government for a surrender, according to the Maharashtra NavnirmanSena chief, Raj Thackeray.
‘Dawood is presently doing a ‘settling’ with the government so that he can return to India’ Thackeray said. The BJP too is keen on bringing Dawood to India closer to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections so that the party could exploit the situation politically. ‘Dawood is keen to return so that he can die in his motherland … The BJP, however, wants to take credit for this,’ Thackeray pointed out.
He also utilized the occasion to hit out at the NarendraModi government and said that, ‘three-and-half years have passed and we are still waiting… fake praises are meaningless... This country has only heard speeches for 70 years.’
Thackeray also criticized the Centre’s demonetization exercise and asked, ‘If 99 per cent of the money came back, where is it? The ones who owned black money are still safe,’ he said.
Also hitting out at the Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Thackeray said it was in continuation of the Gujarati lobby’s old dream to make the country’s financial capital a part of that state.
‘Don’t we understand your tactics?,’ he asked. The Bullet train is in pursuit of joining Mumbai with Gujarat. To keep the Gujaratis of Mumbai happy you are taking a loan of Rs 1.08 lakh crore.’
Soon, the price of land near the railway will increase and the Marathi manoos will not be able to afford it.