Once fired, missiles cannot be called back. And the 'Hemant Karkare killing-conspiracy' missile fired by Union Minority Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Antulay now threatens to hit him in the Lok Sabha polls.
Antulay’s verdict on how Mumbai cop Hemant Karkare died may cost his Lok Sabha re-entry bid dearly, with his Shiv Sena rival planning to tear him down on that front.
In fact, Antulay is a reluctant candidate and had sought to make age an excuse for not contesting the election. In fact, he was keen to stand down after opposition to his candidature from locals and the district unit of the Congress party.
Even Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and state Congress president Manikrao Thakre had opined that Antulay was not keen on entering the fray. Whether or not he wanted to contest, the 80-year-old is now in the fight and might as well be in it to win, say some partymen.
Antulay, who felt Karkare was killed to put the probe into the alleged involvement of Hindu radicals in the Malegaon blasts case under wraps, is now banking on support from Maharashtra Energy Minister Sunil Tatkare, an NCP leader.
The union minster had later said that there was no need for a probe into his conspiracy theory angle. Karkare by terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.