The “prince of the Congress” is a deluded bachelor who has lost his mental balance, an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna said on Wednesday.
Lashing out at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi a day after he spoke in support of north Indians in Bihar, the editorial went on to say “Mumbai may belong to all Indians, but how can it belong to his Italian mummy?”
Sena chief Bal Thackeray is the editor of Saamna and the newspaper’s editorial is generally seen as his message.
On Wednesday, his Marathi daily launched one of its most personal attacks ever on the Gandhis, saying “if marriage does not happen by a certain age, a person becomes deluded. Rahul has become totally deluded and it is out of this madness that he has insulted Marathi people and Maharashtra”.
The missive also accused the Congress of dividing the country and ordered that it “not speak about the nation’s unity. The country’s division was the biggest sin of the party”.
Let ‘Prince Rahul’ study history and he would know how his great-grandfather Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had to apologise to the people of Maharashtra, the editorial added, cautioning: “Let the Prince not repeat such mistakes.”
Thackeray also asked why the Congress was quiet on the “torture” of the Marathi community along Maharashtra-Karnataka border and hit out at Rahul for saying north Indian commandoes rescued Mumbai during the 26/11 attack.
“[This] is insulting the sacrifice of policemen like Karkare, Salaskar, Kamte and Omble,” the editorial said. “He has spat on the sacrifices of brave Marathis and other security personnel during the Mumbai attacks. Every Maharashtrian must deplore him.”
Concluding with a message that was half concurrence and half threat, the article said: “Mumbai does belong to all, but first it belongs to Maharashtra and Marathi people. If anyone is going to murder this truth, he will have to face the consequences”.
The piece ended with a salvo at the ruling Congress-NCP combine: “Politicians from the north have always been anti-Maharashtra and they will never work in the interest of the Marathi manoos.”