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Mumbai, Jan 30: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has been busy holding rallies ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

In his speeches, Thackeray left nothing to the imagination, using scathing remarks against his opponents and on Monday, he didn't even spare President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Speaking on the issue of the death sentence of Parliament attack accused, Mohammad Afzal Guru, Thackeray said agitatedly, “Now the President cannot see what is happening. His long hair has come before his eyes. He cannot see what is happening before him." 

This is the first time in the history of the country that such harsh and humiliating words have been used for a President, and that too in public domain, but Thackeray did not stop at that.

Though, he has never been subtle about his dislike for UPA chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on previous occasions the language was always constrained. However, this time it was a no-holds-barred salvo on Sonia.

“This country is being ruled by foreigners. The Congress leaders and workers are all impotent,” Thackeray said.

Now what remains to be debated is whether such unparliamentary language should be banned from usage in public speeches.

Political observers see Thackeray's comments as the last and desperate attempt by the Sena patriarch to revive the declining morale and fortune of his ravaged party.

Thackeray who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, made an emotional appeal to the Marathis in a recent rally on Sunday saying there was a conspiracy to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra and it would not be “tolerated."

"The city will burn if it is taken away from Maharashtra," Thackeray said.

All set to give a fitting reply if such an attempt is made, Thackeray added, "Let them even try to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra and we will give them a fitting reply. One hundred and five martyrs, mostly mill workers, had sacrificed their lives for the cause of Maharashtra with Mumbai and we will not let it go to waste."

But for the moment, Shiv Sena and its alliance partner BJP are looking forward to salvage their lost pride, after the party split in 2006, by retaining their hold over the BMC. 


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