Not that alone, Thackeray hit the BJP government, saying that they should have handled the 1993 blast accused Memon's execution more sensibly. He also alleged that the centre made his death into a sensation to break out riots 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. Targetting the media, he further added that they were being informed about everything through inside sources way ahead of the execution.
"On the day of Yakub's hanging, newspapers printed so many pictures of this traitor, while we could barely see photos of a nationalist like A P J Abdul Kalam (who was laid to rest on July 30)," he said.
And for Salman, he said,"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.
Having said that, he justified his visit to Salman's residence when he was in custody in the 'hit and run' case, saying he had very old family ties with Salman's father Salim and that Raj wanted to stay with the family at the time of crisis. He, however, praised Fadnavis for his excellent will to bring new industries to the state.