Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is hurt. For the first time since his party was established for the cause of the sons of the soil, the 83-year-old has said the Marathi manoos has stabbed him in the back.
“I’ve no faith in anything…neither in the people nor in the Marathi manoos or even God,” a bitter Thackeray said in an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece, Saamna, commenting on the outcome of the recent assembly elections. “The Marathi manoos has ditched me.”
The Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance put up its worst performance in two decades in the polls. The Sena won only 44 seats, the fewest in two decades.
The defeat has obviously upset the ailing tiger.
He reminded Maharashtrians that they used to come to the Sena for every little problem.
“Has the Marathi manoos voted with a closed mind?” Thackeray said. “If it’s so, I don’t feel like living in such a Maharashtra….I feel I may’ve to repent for the 44 years that I’ve given to the Shiv Sena.”