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Lighting candles no answer: Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray did not approve of the candlelight vigils that some ‘nalayak’ (useless) people organised near Gateway of India in the wake of last month’s terror attacks.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2008 00:55 IST
HT Political Bureau

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray did not approve of the candlelight vigils that some ‘nalayak’ (useless) people organised near Gateway of India in the wake of last month’s terror attacks. He said burning candles was no answer to terrorism.

In an interview to the Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Tuesday, Thackeray lambasted those who frequent the city’s five star hotels attacked by the Pakistani terrorists. “Most of the people who lit candles in front the Taj were useless. Where were they when terrorist attacked us before 26/11?” he asked.

Thackeray advised the female participants of candle light vigils to learn a lesson or two from the women freedom fighters.

“These women did not fight against anything before this candle light show. They may not have seen or heard about the protests by our female freedom fighters and the women who fought for unified state of Maharashtra.”

Thackeray said he would be happy if charges against the Hindu activists allegedly involved in the Malegaon blasts were proved. “I want the Hindus to produce terrorists. That would be the way to tackle present situation.”

‘Pak centre of terrorism’
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal on Tuesday said war with Pakistan was inevitable.

“They (Pakistan) have already launched a war against India," Singhal said, adding, "The world knows that Pakistan is centre of global terrorism.