MNS chief Raj Thackeray accused Sharad Pawar and his nephew, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, of "raping" Maharashtra for the past 14 years.
"The NCP is holding all the crucial departments, home, irrigation, power and roads since 14 years. But what have they done so far The NCP has raped the state," Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said at a public rally in Jalna in the parched Marathwada region.
Raj dares Ajit Pawar to intimidate MNS without state help
MNS chief Raj Thackeray dared NCP leader Ajit Pawar to intimidate his party without the help of the state apparatus, saying stones can come from "our side" too in an escalating war of words between the two leaders from Maharashtra.
As MNS chief Raj Thackeray's convoy in Ahmednagar was attacked on Tuesday over his criticism of Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar.NCP and MNS workers thereafter pelted stones at each other Tuesday shortly after Raj Thackeray left a public meeting in Ahmednagar district.
Raj also asked Union Agriculture Minister and NCP leader Sharad Pawar if the matches of Indian Premier League(IPL) would be cancelled in Maharashtra this time around on account of the terrible drought the state is facing.
Addressing a rally here as a part of his organisation-building drive across the state, Raj said MNS was ready to take on NCP if the latter were to use the government power to intimidate.
"Ajit Pawar (Deputy Chief Minister) says they will givebefitting reply (to MNS). I am ready for it. Stones can comefrom our side too," said Raj, against the backdrop of recentclashes between NCP and MNS workers at various places.
He dared Ajit Pawar to confront MNS without the aid of Home Department and police.
Raj alleged that cable TV networks at several places were shut down ahead of his rally today. Referring to Ajit Pawar's
earlier statement that Raj Thackeray was "going berserk", he said, "This shows who is going berserk, I or they."
Thacekray blames NCP and Ajit Pawar for drought
Thackeray squarely blamed the ruling coalition, especially NCP,for the drought situation in the state.
"The drought has hit 72% of the state. With another three months of summer to go the situation can well be imagined. In all these years, as many as 336 irrigation projects have been left incomplete and they need Rs. 12,000 crore to complete. But, what are they doing?" he asked.
Naming certain NCP and Bharatiya Janata Party legislators and parliamentarians, Thackeray accused them of being hand-in-glove in looting the state: "Why are the BJP-Shiv Sena silent in the face of such a serious drought reeling across the state?"
He alleged that if the projects are completed, then money will stop coming from the contractors.
Thackeray said that at least four big contractors became affluent overnight and demanded a probe into their assets.
He also said that though huge amounts of funds go to Western Maharashtra, a bastion of Congress and NCP, even that part of the state was in the grip of drought.
"All the money goes to western Maharashtra. Marathwada was ignored. But in Western Maharashtra also people are leaving homes. They are also affected by drought," he said.
He asked Ajit Pawar, who has held Irrigation portfolio in recent years, to explain "where Rs 70,000 crore spent on irrigation projects went".
Referring to Sharad Pawar's castigating of a recent lavish wedding hosted by NCP minister Bhaskar Jadhav, Raj asked: "I want to ask Pawar, would the IPL matches be cancelled this summer?If not, then stop this hypocrisy."
Ajit Pawar had earlier said that NCP would give befitting reply to MNS in the state. Referring to it, Raj said: "Why didn't Ajit Pawar speak of `a befitting reply' when lady constables were assaulted by the miscreants during a rally in Mumbai (organised by local organisations to protest atrocities against Muslims in Assam and Myanmar)".