At his "Gudi Padwa" rally held at the Shivaji Park grounds in north-central Mumbai, Raj had said: "I have definite information that there will be communal riots in the coming months on the issue of Ram Mandir".
The MNS chief said India got its first Independence in 1947, second one in 1977 (following post-Emergency elections that threw Indira Gandhi out of power), and now 2019 can bring a third Independence if people of India vote out BJP and make the country "Modi-mukt".
Slamming PM Modi for his foreign tours, Thackeray said that he was apparently visiting those countries to get "flour for pakoda" as the visits had not fetched any investments. He said the issues is expected to be deliberated by certain parties extensively now as the Supreme Court is presently hearing the case.
He further said, "Sridevi was a great actor, but what had she done for the country so that her body should have been wrapped in the tricolor?" As per the rules, only Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Speakers and other high ranking Government dignitaries can be accorded a state funeral along with the National Flag being half-masted. Attacking the BJP-led NDA, he had said that if demonetisation was ever probed, it would turn out to be the biggest scam ever. He added, Nirav Modi looted thousands of crores of rupees and when the media was supposed to discuss on this scandal, media turned entire attention to Sridevi's death.
Thackeray said that Akshay was trying to walk in the footsteps of yesteryear actor Manoj Kumar, popularly known as 'Bharat Kumar.' However, the MNS chief reminded that the actor, who preached nationalism to Indians, himself was a Canadian citizen.
Thackeray later described the meeting, at Pawar's residence in south Mumbai, as a courtesy call and not a political one.