One thing is clear: The Sena has won this round
The Shiv Sena seems to have had the last laugh. The Thackerays have won a pitched battle with Chief Minister Ashok Chavan over My Name Is Khan — and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has only Chavan to thank, writes Dharmendra Jore.india Updated: Feb 12, 2010 01:57 IST
The Shiv Sena seems to have had the last laugh. The Thackerays have won a pitched battle with Chief Minister Ashok Chavan over My Name Is Khan — and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has only Chavan to thank.
Chavan fuelled the war but retreated when the victory seemed in his reach.
A helpless CM asked all parties to come together to resolve the issue when he needed to use iron fists against the Sena, the party responsible for holding the city to ransom.
Undoubtedly, it wasn’t all Chavan’s doing. By meeting with Bal Thackeray last week, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar gave Uddhav and his ego-bruised troops a much-needed morale boost after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s humiliating train ride to Dadar.
“Uddhav must be happy to have diverted all the attention to this issue when the city faces an acute water shortage,” said political commentator Surendra Jondhale. “Chavan should have taken stern action against the Sena, but he seemed extra-cautious. It’s his weakness. He knows if anything goes wrong, nobody will share the blame [with him].”
Uddhav’s estranged cousin Raj, who maintained a studied silence until now, has questioned the Sena’s “double standards”. But in doing so, he fulfilled the political compulsion of denying Uddhav all the attention — and cleared up any confusion in the MNS rank and file.
Knowingly or unknowingly, Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Sivanandhan put things in perfect perspective when he stated on a television news channel that handling the underworld was much easier [than controlling the Sena’s political vandalism].
Chances are Chavan would agree.