The MNS is not contesting Lok Sabha elections but Raj Thackeray has been holding campaign rallies across Maharashtra, screening videos of Modi’s speeches delivered before and after the 2014 polls to highlight contradictions.
In his first rally in the city, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday urged people not to vote for the Shiv Sena as it would mean voting for Modi and Amit Shah. His remarks came two days after Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, without naming the MNS chief, asked him to state the reason for asking voters not to vote for the BJP-Sena and who they should vote instead.
Now, in a strange yet interesting incident, on Tuesday, April 23, at a rally, Raj Thackeray brought an entire family on the stage, revealing that their photo had been misused by the BJP and its IT Cell, to further their propaganda of Vikas (development) which never happened. He also accused the BJP of doing this without the family’s knowledge.
At first, Thackeray displayed the screenshot of a BJP Facebook page which had showcased Modi’s achievements alongside the photograph and later invited the entire family on stage, while asking the crowd to look at a large screen and connect the dots.
The page in question was a post by a Facebook page called ‘Modi For New India’. The post was a photo of a family, with a photo of PM Modi alongside, captioned,
“To provide a better life to poor is not just a slogan for Modi ji but it’s a mission. The Congress can only give the slogan of remove poverty, but it can’t do anything tangible.”
Thackeray revealed that the family had no clue that their personal photograph had been chosen by BJP’s IT cell to highlight the success of their ‘poverty reduction scheme’. He asked the crowd present at the rally:
“Why don’t you check for yourself? Look at the family on stage and look at the photo next to that of Modi’s. These people had no clue that they are featured in this BJP Ad.”
Thackeray, whose ideology is completely different than the current opposition, has garnered appreciation on social media for his revelation, and many have hailed him for doing media’s job in exposing the lies of the ruling BJP.
WATCH FULLY RALLY VIDEO : (Family Incident at 21minutes)
These were some of the reactions after the video went viral: