Lashing out at superstar for defending 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, the 47-year-old firebrand leader Thackeray has termed Salman Khan a man without brain. MNS leader stated this while addressing a gathering of party supporters in Thane.
"Salman is a man without brains, while his father is a respectable man. He does not read newspapers and does not know the law and thus went on tweeting in his (Yakub's) favour.
Then there are people who sent letters to the President seeking mercy for the traitor. How can anybody question a Supreme Court order?" he asked.
Justifying his visit to the actor's residence after he was pronounced guilty in the hit-and-run case, Raj said he has very old family ties with his father Salim Khan and thus went there to be with him at the time of crisis.
In a series of tweets, Salman Khan had urged Indian government to hang Tiger Memon and not his brother Yakub. Tiger was one of the main conspirators of 1993 serial bomb blasts.
Salman's tweet read, "Get Tiger hang him, parade him not his brother... 1 innocent man killed is killing the humanity." The tweet had created much uproar within the country.
MNS chief has targetted BJP too. He has alleged that the BJP-led governments at the Centre and state wanted "riots to break out in the country".
"Yakub Memon was a terrorist but his hanging episode was converted into a drama by both the Centre and the state government. Looking into the events preceding and following the hanging of this traitor who killed so many people, I feel that both governments only wanted riots to break out in the country," he said.
Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon, the lone death row convict in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was hanged in the Nagpur Central Jail on July 30, after a prolonged legal battle.
(With inputs from agencies)