Maharashtrians stood by me: Thackeray
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray says Maharashtrians voted the way the Muslims vote as a vote bank, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.Updated: Feb 03, 2007, 20:30 IST
Sons of the soil and threat of Islamic terrorism - two time tested formula again worked for the Shiv Sena, by own admission of Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
A day after his party's comeback in the civic polls, a bouyoed Thackeray chatted with the media and analysed what made Sena win the elections.
"I was stunned by the victory. Maharashtrians voted the way the Muslims vote as a vote bank," he said.
Thackeray also gave credit to his loyal cadre that stood by him and not rebels like Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray.
"Hindu community especially Marathi people have proved that if they unite for a cause (to fight against the terror and threat from Islam) they cannot be defeated," he insisted, indicating that hardline Hindu agenda would continue to be on Sena's radar.
"Mumbai which is recognised as fiancial capital of the country has now transformed into a 'terrorist capital'. Only Maharashtra, Punjab or West Bengal cannot fight terrorism. Hindus need to come together and fight against it," he said.
Happy with the return of his party in civic polls in Mumbai and Thane, Thackeray ridiculed the Rane and Raj factors.
"Poll results have wipped out all these factors," he said.
However, Thackeray was not too keen on talking about his nephew Raj whose party; Maharashtra Navnirman Sena won seven seats and damaged Sena's chances as several places. Though it managed to retain its prime position in Mumbai, Sena's tally in Mumbai came down to 83 from 103 in the previous civic house.
"Let's not talk and discuss that issue. It is our personal affair," he snapped when the mediapersons insisted for more comments on Raj.