MNS Chief Raj Thackeray gave a statement on Tuesday saying that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are a fight between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country,

Lashing out at the BJP government, Thackeray questioned how was India in a position to fight Pakistan when its Centre is "begging" for money from the Reserve Bank of India.

He claimed that the government has no answer for the country’s questions and instead, are indulging in gimmicks like ''chowkidar''.

Thackeray was addressing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers in Mumbai when he questioned the government about its promise of providing two crore jobs.

He further claimed that 14,000 in the state have committed suicide since 2014 but the PM doesn’t have the time to meet their families.

He then further slammed Modi for showing a false picture of Gujarat's development prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections which caused him to support the BJP then.

Thackeray then questioned where were funds to fight Pakistan referring to the event of the Centre asking RBI for Rs. 3 lakh crore, out of which it was given 28,000 crores. He then stated that this wasn’t acceptable to the former RBI governor, Urjit Patel which is why he resigned.

"This fight is not against any particular party, but against Modi and Shah. The country is in danger," he said.

Lastly, he claimed that the BJP will be indulging in giving poll bribes during the run-up to the elections, and asked his party workers to accept the money since it had looted the country in the last 5 years. 

He had earlier announced that his party won’t be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections but instead in the Maharashtra Assembly polls later this year.