Thackeray targets Maharashtra ministers in Delhi

Pawar, Deshmukh, Shinde, Chavan, Deora and Patel cannot show self-respect, he says

PTI | February 5, 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.

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who has issued a diktat to his party workers to greet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with black flags for his "Mumbai for all Indians" remark, on Friday attacked Marathi ministers in the central government for "not protesting Rahul's anti-Mumbai statement."

"Sharad Pawar, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan, Murli Deora and Praful Patel cannot show the self-respect shown by late C.D. Deshmukh. Not a single Marathi minister at the centre opposed the humiliation of Marathi people," he said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

On the contrary, "Congressmen are ready to even take up a broom and clean the road where Rahul Gandhi would be travelling (during his Mumbai visit)," Thackeray said.

Comparing Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan with his historical namesake, Thackeray said, "that Prithviraj Chauhan was patriotic and fought against foreign invaders. This Prithviraj Chavan bows before foreigners.

"The history of Rahul's ancestors is that of being anti-Maharashtra. Motilal Nehru used to get angry by the mere mention of the word Maharashtra," he alleged.

"Is it a crime to say Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra and Marathi people?" the Sena chief asked. "Shah Rukh Khan rolls out the carpet for Pakistan players and shamelessly asks what crime has he committed," Thackeray said.

Thackeray described Rahul Gandhi as "the Italian prince" and asked people to show him black flags in Mumbai.

The Congress leader will visit the city later Friday and interact with students and slum youths.

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