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Sena chief tries to lift spirits

“Don’t look at me with suspicion. You are the instant tonic that charges my batteries…Ignore the allegations, don’t let the poison let in by the Opposition affect you.”

mumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2012 01:04 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

“Don’t look at me with suspicion. You are the instant tonic that charges my batteries…Ignore the allegations, don’t let the poison let in by the Opposition affect you.”

With these words, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday aimed to discard the charges levelled against his party, which in alliance with the BJP has ruled the civic body for 16 years, and lift the spirits of the thousands of supporters assembled at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra-Kurla Complex for the final election rally of the Sena-BJP-RPI alliance.

Thackeray chose to ignore his nephew Raj, instead flaying the Congress-NCP alliance and attempting to show that the Sena’s fight is with the Congress-NCP combine and not the MNS. “You ask us what we have given you in 16 years? What has the Congress given you? Do women feel secure even at home?” he asked, criticising Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for furthering the Gandhi dynasty by roping in her son-in-law Robert Vadera and his children.

Defending his appointment of his son Uddhav as successor and grandson Aditya as the Sena’s youth wing president, he said: “I am not for dynasty, but they both were elected by you. In Mahabaleshwar [in the 2002 party session], Raj took the initiative and made Uddhav the president.” Thackeray reminded the crowd that he was the first who raised the issue of illegal migrants. “I suggested that a permit system be introduced in the state.” He criticised old friend Sharad Pawar for his comments about corruption in the civic body and the Sena’s objections to naming the Marathwada university after Dr Ambedkar.