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After poll loss, Sena is clutching at straws

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2010 01:12 IST

The Shiv Sena’s campaign against North Indians is indicative of their frustration at losing the Assembly elections. They do not have any agenda for the people and want to mislead people by raking up the bogus issue of the Marathi manoos.
By targeting RSS, the backbone of the BJP, the alliance between Shiv Sena and BJP is going to break down in the near future. The BJP cannot take a stand against North Indians as a majority of their leaders are from North India.

Senas need a dose of their own medicine
The Shiv Sena is targeting celebrities to boost their reputation that was tarnished by the defeat in the general elections and in the Assembly polls.
When someone hurts public sentiments, Sena and MNS members get violent. But now, when these parties are making objectionable comments about some of the biggest icons in cricket and the film industry, then why shouldn’t they be treated in the same way? They should be given a dose of their own medicine.
The celebrities must not bow to these political parties.

Politics, not culture, breaking up states
India was once a cluster of princely states. After Independence, the states were segregated on the basis of language. But these states are being re-segregated on the basis of political influence. If this trend continuous, eventually all the states will be broken up by internal threats.

‘Outsiders’ have made Mumbai what it is
The ‘Maharashtra for Maharashtrians only’ claim is parochial, divisive, separatist, seditious, and secessionist. How can the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ignore the fact that the ‘outsiders’ have contributed the lion’s share to the growth of Mumbai? The Shiv Sena stands for the welfare of upper caste, Maharashtrian Hindus only. But one must agree with the two parties that the influx of people into Mumbai needs to be controlled. The city does not have the infrastructure to cope with it.

RSS and BJP know what they’re doing
RSS has had a national identity for over half a century and has been the driving force for the BJP. Both are quite rightly singing the same tune, projecting their nationalistic outlook in connection with the issue of the ‘outsiders’ in Mumbai. There are several senior leaders in the two parties who possess maturity and foresight and one gets the feeling that they are all well aware of the consequences of the present confrontation and prepared for the same.