MNS chief Raj Thackeray has accused his former party, the Shiv Sena, of double standards.
The rebel nephew of Sena chief Bal Thackeray — who now heads his own Maharashtra Navnirman Sena — had for two weeks refrained from commenting on the Shiv Sena’s tirade against Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
On Thursday, however, he spoke to a group of journalists about the Shiv Sena’s violent protests over Khan’s comment that Pakistani cricketers should have been included in the Indian Premier League teams.
“They are demanding an apology from Khan for his remarks on the Pakistani players,” Raj said. “But we have just seen Amitabh sharing a dais with Pakistani artists and reciting poems. Why are they not asking Amitabh to apologise?”
Raj was referring to another Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, who on Monday participated in a poetry reading as part of an ongoing effort to promote peace between India and Pakistan.
Adding that he had no personal motives for his statement, as he neither shared a friendship with Khan nor had anything against Bachchan, Raj hinted that the Bachchans’ long-standing friendship with the Thackerays had prompted the latter to look the other way.
“I will neither seek an apology from Bachchan not protests against Khan,” Raj clarified, but added that he found it strange that Bachchan rejected a doctorate from an Australia University last May in protest against the racial attacks on Indians there but did not hesitate to interact with artists from Pakistan, though that country was responsible for the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai.