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Updated: February 5, 2010 01:45 IST

Thackeray says anti-Mumbai virus has spread

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Bal Thackeray waves to supporters on his 84th birthday at his residence in Mumbai. File Photo: PTI
PTI Bal Thackeray waves to supporters on his 84th birthday at his residence in Mumbai. File Photo: PTI

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today termed as "Goebbels' propaganda" the raking up of the issue of Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad's visit to his residence here five years ago, saying an anti-Mumbai virus has spread but it would have no impact on his party.

"The Pakistan cricketer's visit to my house is being capitalised for political gains. I would like to state that it won't have any impact on Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainiks," Mr Thackeray said in an article in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"There has been a spurt of anti-Mumbai and anti-Maharashtra virus. It is not surprising because some people have been hurt that Maharashtra got Mumbai," Mr Thackeray said.

He said raising the issue of Miandad's visit to his house was part of a "Goebbels propaganda" by a section of media and recalled that cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar took the initiative in arranging the meeting with Miandad.

"The meeting was to request that Pakistan players be allowed to play in India. I rejected that request," the Shiv Sena supremo said.

Meanwhile, NCP MLA and former minister Nawab Malik has said the 2004 visit by Miandad to Thackeray's residence in suburban Bandra shows that "Thackeray has no right to call actor Shah Rukh Khan anti-national."

Keywords: IPLMiandadcricketShiv SenaSaamana


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