Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday slammed the Maharashtra government for the state funeral accorded to Bollywood icon Sridevi after her death last month. The MNS chief further alleged that the media attention given to her demise was a ruse to divert focus from multi-million Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud scam.
Addressing the party workers at a rally in central Mumbai’s Shivaji Park, Raj Thackeray said: “Nirav Modi was the talk of the town, and then the issue of Sridevi came in. This was brought to change the issue. When a person like Sridevi dies, you wrap her in tricolor and you say you did that because she was a Padma Shri.”
“It was all fault of the Maharashtra government,” Thackeray added.
Raj Thackeray further said, “It was said that Sridevi died by drowning in the bathtub as she consumed too much of liquor. Films like ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Padman‘ were a covert propaganda for government schemes.”
Meanwhile, Raj Thackeray also attacked the Centre called for a ‘Modi-muktBharat’. He said, ‘Today, we have to gear up for the third independence. All the political parties must unite to make Modi-mukt Bharat a reality.”
In an hour-long speech, the MNS chief Raj Thackeray also warned about attempts by certain elements to spark nation-wide riots in future.
(With ANI inputs)