Vastavam web: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take the defence ministry “seriously” as the country is “staring at a war with China” and facing terrorism emanating from Pakistan.”The environment in the country today is such that on one hand we are staring at a war with China and on the other, infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan does not stop,” Thackeray told reporters here.”The prime minister should take a stand the defence ministry should be taken seriously and cannot be played with,” he said.
The defence portfolio was with Manohar Parrikar before he moved to Goa as the chief minister in March.”The Goa chief minister is going to contest a byelection.Yesterday, I read his statement that if he loses, he will once again take up defence ministry. If the ministry is being treated lightly, anarchy will prevail across the country,” he said.The Sena supremo further demanded that the government reveals the names of all farmers, who benefitted from the government’s loan waiver scheme.
“The government, in its enthusiasm, may declare more names of farmers being benefitted than total population of the state. Just so that this does not happen, the names of all beneficiaries should be declared in the legislative assembly,” he said.He added that Shivsainiks will personally visit those farmers and verify the government’s claims.”This is a democracy. If your people do not choose you and you lose, then go and sit at your home. You say, I will go to the Centre and be the defence minister again after losing.He pointed out that there is no full-time defence minister in the country.