Mumbai, Aug. 17: The Shiv Sena today questioned the propriety of Narendra Modi criticising the Prime Minister on Independence Day and took a dig at him by hoping he would be able to walk the talk on all issues that he targeted Manmohan Singh for.
A surprisingly aggressive editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamna said: “Modi has to resolve the issues on which he lashed at the PM. We are sure when Modi gets power like Sardar Patel in Delhi, he will imprison all the bandits looting the country. Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and the likes will be dragged from Pakistan and hanged.
“He will stuff all the black money in a cargo plane and bring it back from Switzerland. The farmers and the poor will lead a happy and debt-free life.
“India’s derailed economy will be brought back on track, and the rupee that is falling against the dollar will show an exactly opposite trend. The dollar will fall against the rupee.
“We are sure if Modi comes to power, Pakistanis will not cross our borders and kill our soldiers. Our submarines like Sindhurakshak will not catch fire. Modi can make all this happen, and no one needs to doubt it.
“Whether Pakistan loses its sleep over Modi’s speech is only known to Hafiz Saeed, but we have heard that some Congress ministers have certainly ordered for sleeping pills. It is true!”
Comparing the I-Day speeches of Manmohan and Modi, the editorial said: “As usual Manmohan Singh took a mellow stance towards Pakistan, while the Gujarat chief minister burst bombs in the desert of Kutch with his aggressive oratory.
“Manmohan Singh cannot speak like a warmonger and cannot display aggression, while Modi has been shelling aggressive words. In spite of this, is it correct to insult the country’s Prime Minister on our Independence Day? L.K. Advani has himself raised a question mark over this.”
The editorial then warned: “Today Modi has set the battlefield on fire, but we need not tell Modi that these flames can sometimes consume those who set the blaze….”
Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has issued a clarification that his party bore no ill will towards Modi. Sanjay Raut, the Saamna executive editor, could not be reached.