The warring Thackeray brothers of Maharashtra politics are now locked in a verbal war over respecting the state’s icons and the trigger is a proposed flyover.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has questioned Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s criticism of singers and sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle who have been opposing the Peddar Road flyover.
Simultaneously, he has questioned why his cousin was criticising them while supporting cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s demand for more buildable area for his new house at Bandra.
“It is surprising that people who supported Tendulkar’s demand for extra FSI (floor space index) for his new bungalow, even though it did not fit within the government rules, are criticising Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle,” he said in a press statement on Wednesday.
He also advised the MNS chief to respect Mangeshkar, Bhosle and Tendulkar.
Raj responded, saying if he wanted to respect Tendulkar why had the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, ruled by Shiv Sena, slapped a R5 lakh notice on the cricketer for a minor FSI violation.
“I see no logic in dragging Sachin Tendulkar and the Mangeshkar sisters into the matter,” said Raj. “Is this a match between the Tendulkars and the Mangeshkars?” He said he had utmost respect for the singers.
On Tuesday, Raj had targeted the state government for its move to scrap the Peddar Road flyover project and said it was the result of “unjust demand” of some “pampered residents”.
The 4.5-km flyover, which would connect Haji Ali and Marine Drive, has been kept on a hold for almost a decade following opposition from the legendary singers who are residents of Peddar Road.