Lok Sabha elections 2019: Raj Thackeray takes pot shots at PM Narendra Modi’s 8.5 lakh toilets in Bihar claim


The public thronged the venue of Raj’s rally in Satara on Wednesday, to hear him. And he did not disappoint them, regaling them with an impromptu deconstruction of the statistics put out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his praise of Bihar’s success in meeting its Swachh Bharat Abhiyan target.

Once the poll dates were announced, Raj had said he would campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, a pledge that he has taken seriously. He replayed a recent speech of Modi in Bihar, appreciating the efforts the state had taken towards reaching its ‘swachhata abhiyan’ goals. Raj prompted the audience to listen carefully, warning not to let Modi do a number on them.

“I have never seen such a dishonest PM in my entire life. Listen carefully to the numbers he claims,” said Raj. He then played the video where Modi is heard saying, Bihar was the only state which had about 50% individual household toilets. But within one week, the state had met the Swachhta Abhiyan target. Modi claims, “Within one week, Bihar has constructed more than 8.50 lakh toilets.”

As soon as the video clip ended, the first thing Raj could be heard saying is, “There is a limit to telling lies.” He then proceed to flush this claim down the drain. If 8.50 lakh toilets were built in one week, Raj informed the crowd that simply meant, 84 toilets were built in a minute and seven toilets every five seconds. “Vikramach mhantla pahije (Extraordinary achievement this)! They have built toilets faster than the time it takes for one to pee,” was his parting shot.

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