BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla today termed Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's remark on Sachin as uncalled for. Thackeray criticised Sachin Tendulkar for his "Mumbai for all" remark, saying there was no need for the cricket icon to take a "cheeky single" and hurting the Marathi psyche by moving to the pitch of politics.
Shukla said that Sena, MNS were not representatives of Maharashtra, but Congress and NCP are as they had been chosen by the Maharashtrians. Sena's comment is unfortunate and they are talking like Jinnah, trying to divide the country.
Sena mouthpiece 'Sammana' quoted Thackeray as saying, "There was no need for him to take a cheeky single by making such remarks". "By making these remarks, you have got run-out on the pitch of Marathi psyche. You were not even born when the 'Marathi Manoos' got Mumbai and 105 Marathi people sacrificed their lives to get Mumbai," he said.
Thackeray expressed displeasure that Sachin "left the crease" and moved to the pitch of politics by making these remarks which have hurt Marathi sentiment.
In a rebuff to the "Marathi Manoos" plank of Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray's MNS, Tendulkar had said on Friday that
Mumbai is for all Indians.
"Mumbai belongs to India. That is how I look at it. And I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that but I am
an Indian first," said Tendulkar.
Shiv Sena and MNS have often played the "Marathi Manoos" card in a bid to attract votes. Raj Thackeray's fledgling
party had even unleashed an anti-north Indian campaign inviting criticism. (With PTI inputs)