A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, Raj Thackeray slammed deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar and home minister, RR Patil at a rally in Aurangabad over the alleged manhandling of a MNS legislator by the police, Pawar hit back at Thackeray, saying his statements stemmed from “desperation” and “disappointment”.
“It seemed that he did not have any real development issues, so he resorted to this kind of loose talk, hitting at people — including the chief minister — below the belt. I don’t think he knew what he was talking about,’’ said Pawar.
He said he did not subscribe to police using force against anyone as was in the case of MNS legislator Harshawardhan Jadhav, but Jadhav was also in the wrong because he too attacked the police.
Terming the MNS style of functioning as a “short cut” method to heroism, he said Jadhav could have tried Pawar meet the chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan like many others at the Circuit house instead he tried to cut into the CM’s convoy.
“Such short-cut methods to becoming a hero can backfire. I don’t think we should pay too much attention to these kind of speeches. You speak of Shivaji on one hand and then resort to such abusive language on the other,’’ said Pawar. Thackeray in his rally at Aurangabad on Wednesday had said Pawar and Patil had ordered the police to beat up Jadhav and NCP on the whole subscribed to such methods. He also criticised NCP for pandering to caste politics.
This is the first time that Thackeray and Pawar have gotten into a war of words. Chavan chose to ignore Thackeray’s barbs.
He had told the media on Wednesday, “The police is inquiring into the incident. It should not have happened. But, if someone decides to play politics then there is nothing one can do.”