If Savarkar was the first Prime Minister, Pakistan wouldn't have existed: Uddhav Thackeray

The Shiv Sena chief made the statement while speaking at a book launch event. Alongside, he also criticised the Congress party

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Speaking at a book launch event, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that had Veer Savarkar been the first Prime Minister of independent India, then Pakistan would not have been formed. 

Thackeray, who is the successor to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's political legacy said, 

Savarkar was a true patriot and nationalist. Had he become the country's first Prime Minister, the partition would have never happened in the first place."

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Meanwhile, criticising Congress party's Rahul Gandhi and Manishankar Aiyar, he said that people defaming Veer Savarkar must be beaten with shoes.

He added that some leaders criticise Savarkar instead of thanking him for his immense contribution towards Indian freedom struggle. He also said that if Aiyar arrives in Mumbai someday, he will have to face the wrath of Mumbaikars and Shiv Sena workers.

Thackeray was present at the launch of the book by Vikram Sampat, 'Savarkar- Echoes From A Forgotten Past'.

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