Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray criticised BJP leaders LK Advani and Narendra Modi for playing “dirty politics” and lauded Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her “balanced stand” after the Parliament attack, when the BJP was in power at the Centre.
“They (Advani and Modi) sought to play communal politics even when police personnel were laying down their lives… Gandhi observed patience when Parliament was attacked,” he said in an open letter to CM Vilasrao Deshmukh. He also pointed out that there was no check on influx of people into the city. “There has to be some check on people coming into this city... The way things are, anyone can get an atom bomb into this city,” he said.
He criticised the Shiv Sena, without naming it, saying it first demoralised the police and Anti-Terrorism Squad in an editorial in the party mouthpiece and the very next day came to pay homage to its officers. Thackeray signed off as “citizen of Maharashtra”.