Says unlike Congress, there is no dynastic politics in Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Friday lashed out at the ‘dynastic politics’ of the Congress, commenting that its president Sonia Gandhi was taking the country down the drain.
In an interview in his party mouthpiece Saamna, Mr. Thackeray claimed there was no ‘dynastic politics’ in the Shiv Sena.
He charged Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi with harbouring ambitions of becoming the next Prime Minister.
“But I have never nominated Uddhav [his son] or Aditya [his grandson],” he said.
“Rahul wants to become the Prime Minister. Does he think the post of the PM is a seat in Bhendibazaar”, he said, referring to a market in the city.
Commenting upon the ascent of Mr. Gandhi’s sister, Priyanka Vadra, in politics, the octogenarian leader likened her to Indira Gandhi.
Mr. Thackeray praised Indira Gandhi’s courage and decisive action against Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
“But Assam is part of our own country. Why isn’t the Army cracking down on ‘infiltration’ today,” asked Mr. Thackeray, referring to the recent riots in Assam.
‘Hang Afzal, Kasab’
Referring to the pending sentences of Parliament terror attack accused Afzal Guru and the recent one awarded to the 26/11 gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab, Mr. Thackeray hit out at the 11-year delay in carrying out Afzal Guru’s sentence.
“Why can’t they be hanged? Or have we run out of ropes due to farmers’ suicides?” he wondered.
Saying he was ashamed of the August 11 rioting near Azad Maidan, Mr. Thackeray claimed that not a single riot broke out when the Shiv Sena ran the government in Maharashtra.