Bal Thackeray attacks Rahul, calls him 'frustrated'

  • HT Correspondent, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 03, 2010 16:24 IST

Strongly criticising AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday hit a new low making personal attacks on the Nehru-Gandhi family saying that the “prince of the Congress” is a frustrated bachelor and that Mumbai may belong to all Indians but how can it belong to his “Italian mommy”?

An editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, said, “The ‘Prince of Congress’ has lost
mental balance as he is still single despite advancing age and it is in this
frustration he has insulted Marathi people and Maharashtra.”

Sena Chief Bal Thackeray is editor of Saamna and the newspaper's editorial is regarded
as his comment. 

“The Congress that divided the country should not speak about the nation’s unity.
The country’s division was the biggest sin of the party, he said.

Targeting the issue of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin, Thackeray said that Mumbai may belong to all Indians but how can it belong to his `Italian mommy.'

Even former prime minister and Rahul’s great grandfather Pandit Nehru had to apologise for his anti-Marathi remarks in the late 60s, Thackeray said and advised Rahul against doing the same.

“Mumbai does belong to all, but first it belongs to Maharashtra and Marathi people. If anyone is going to murder this truth, he will have to face consequences."

Thackeray also asked why was the Congress quiet on the “torture” of Marathi community along Maharashtra-Karnataka border. “If Rahul gives them justice, we will not hesitate to congratulate him,” the editorial added.

“How can Rahul forget Karkare, Kamte, Salaskar and Ombale who were all Marathi? Politicians from north have always been anti-Maharashtra and they will never work in the interest of Marathi Manoos. Only Shiv Sena can save Mumbai from these politicians,”it added.


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