Mumbai (Web Desk): Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has warned that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could organise another "Pulwama-like attack would come within a couple of months" at the height of the upcoming 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 party workers.
Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah's statement on the number of casualties in the Balakot airstrike, Thackeray questioned whether Shah was one of the "co-pilots" who participated in it.
Dismissing the Indian government’s claim that a large camp of terrorists was destroyed in the air raids, Thackeray said had that been the case, Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman would not have been allowed to return home from captivity by Pakistan.
"There is a limit to speaking lies. Lies are being spoken to win elections. In a bid to win upcoming elections, there will be another Pulwama like attack within the next one or two months," he said.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress, has said that he has not seen a bigger liar than Modi.
"I can only say that we have not seen a bigger liar than Narendra Modi," the politician said.
Speaking to reporters, Digvijaya Singh demanded the Modi government to present evidence of the Indian Air Force's “air strike” on alleged terrorist camps in Balakot, Pakistan.
"I am not questioning the recent IAF action against Pakistan-based terrorist camps. But pictures of any incident in open space can be accessed through satellite technology. So we should also give evidence, the way the United States government presented evidence of Osama bin Laden's killing before the world," NDTV quoted him as saying.
Singh also congratulated Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for releasing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
"I also congratulate the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for showing us a new way of being a good neighbour and returning the brave Indian Air Force officer to us," the Congress leader said.
He also refuted Modi's claim that after the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the Indian Air Force wanted to conduct a “surgical strike” against Pakistan, but the Congress-led UPA government nixed the idea.
Over 40 Indian soldiers were killed on February 14 in Pulwama, when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus in the paramilitary force's convoy.