Governance Now Visionary Talks Series

Rahul will go to Mumbai, Thackeray will rabble rouse

PTI | February 4, 2010

File photo of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray greeting his supporters on his 84th birthday in Mumbai.
File photo of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray greeting his supporters on his 84th birthday in Mumbai.

Upping the ante in the "Mumbai for all" row, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today ordered party cadres to greet Rahul Gandhi with black flags to mark their protests when he visits Mumbai tomorrow after the unfazed Congress leader stuck to his schedule.

Gearing up for the Congress leader's visit, authorities have tightened security at venues during his interactions with youths and slum dwellers even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan warned of strict action if anyone takes law into their hands.

Bal Thackeray has asked Sena workers to show black flags to Rahul during his visit to the city, senior party leader Sanjay Raut told PTI.

Reacting with disdain, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said in New Delhi that Congress and Rahul are not bothered about Shiv Sena's rhetoric and their black flag protests.

Apparently setting the stage for a tough political war on the issue of North Indian migrants through the black flag protests, Bal Thackeray's directive came amid esclating war of words between Shiv Sena and Rahul who has taken that party head on with his remark that Mumbai is for all Indians and that all people have a right to go anywhere.

Against the backdrop of the personal and vicious attack by Shiv Sena leaders against Rahul and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, who has also earned the ire of the party, Maharashtra Government has sought legal opinion on all controversial statements reported in the media in the last 15 days.

"We have asked the Law and Judiciary Department to check all the controversial visuals, statements that were reported in the media in last 15 days," Home Minister R R Patil said.




Other News

Breaking new ground in Ayodhya: History is created

History was created as prime minister Narendra Modi participated in the foundation-stone-laying ceremony for the new Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, ending centuries of controversy. Modi performed Bhoomi Pujan at `Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir`, in the presence of a very limited number o

How to encourage and support breastfeeding amid pandemic

The most joyous moment of a woman’s life is to breastfeed her baby for the first time. Breast milk is the foundation to build a strong bonding between mother and child and must not be missed by any newborn in its nutrition uptake. The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging people to “su

Covid testing: India crosses 2 crore milestone

As part of its 3T strategy of focusing on testing, tracing and treating to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, India crossed a landmark, testing 2,02,02,858 COVID-19 samples so far. This is pursuant to the key strategy followed by state/UT governments under the guidance of the centre for managem

Sustaining development in the time of pandemic

The continuing spread of COVID-19 has emerged as the biggest roadblock to development in 2020. Citizens across the globe have been breathing an air of panic, fear, and confusion, not knowing what lies ahead. The pandemic has hit some communities and countries harder than the others, requiring everyone to u

"Mumbai Commissioner shameless in taking credit for Covid numbers"

Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has blasted BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner IS Chahal for taking credit for reducing the number of coronavirus infections in the in the slum sprawl of  Dharavi, and wondered how could the authorities make boasts when 10,000-plus people have died.&n

Mumbai civic body hiding real Covid-19 toll: Kirit Somaiya

Firebrand BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has blasted BMC Commissioner, IS Chahal, for claiming credit for reducing numbers of coronavirus cases in Mumbai city and said that BMC’s own Sero Survey has revealed that 57% slum dwellers have developed immunity which is why the cases are coming down.  

Governance Now 5th PSU IT Forum


Current Issue


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter