Only Shiv Sena Pattern will Work in Maharashtra: Bal Thackeray

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Mumbai, Jan 23: In words that indicate that Shiv Sena does not welcome fellow saffronite Narendra Modi's incursions into Maharashtra, Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday said only the Sena partern will work and the state will not accept "anybody".

"Maharashtra will not accept anybody. States have been divided on linguistic basis. Modi has got Gujarat. Mayawati got Uttar Pradesh. Leave Maharashtra to us. In Maharashtra, only the Shiv Sena pattern will work", he told reporters at his residence.

Thackeray, who turned 82 on Jan 23, made light of BJP's efforts to project Modi in Maharashtra when reporters sought his views on the issue against the backdrop of the public meeting of Narendra Modi and Mayawati's rally in Mumbai.

Modi was in the city last Sunday for participation in a rally to celebrate his victory in Gujarat and the Sena was not not involved in it.

Seeking to downplay Thackeray's remarks, BJP leader in Maharashtra Gopinath Munde said his party was fully with the Shiv Sena and would fight the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections jointly with it.

In an interview to Sena mouthpiece "Saamna", Thackeray said the Godhra killings and subsequent riots in Gujarat were beneficial for Modi.


Bal Thackeray turns 82

Mumbai, Jan 23: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray turned 82 today and celebrated his birthday among family members and party workers at his suburban Bandra home.

Shiv sainiks thronged Matoshree, the Thackeray residence in Kalanagar area of Bandra to greet the Sena patriarch. There were 'rangoli' designs outside the house and firecrackers were burst.

Thackeray made a brief appearance before the party workers, waving to them. His son and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray accepted floral bouquets on his behalf.

The Sena chief spoke to waiting reporters and also released a book on Sena by senior party leader Manohar Joshi.

Those who visited Matoshree to greet Thackeray included BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde, slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's daughter Poonam Mahajan Rao, son of the Sena chief's nephew Raj Thackeray and PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal's son Pankaj and nephew Sameer.


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  • K. S. Mayya, Mangalore/South Korea

    Thu, Jan 24 2008

    People of Karnataka have a lot to learn from the mistakes of Mumbaikars. Luckily Bal Thackeray's popularity vaporizes as soon as you leave Mumbai. To boot, Thackeray(s) own a significant part of Mumbai real estate. Anyway, he is wanting Maharashtra for himself, sure could be a birthday wish that never came true especially considering that he has expressed his inability to tackle his family members...indirectly meaning that he is a firm believer of dynasty politics..also indicating that there will be two tigers now (Raj and Udhav).

    Bal Thackeray was a good cartoonist and a shrewed politician. He can be popular among maharashtrian masses in Mumbai provided there are plenty of non-maharashtrains around. So much for globalization and freedom of movement for Indians the likes of Thackerays want completely opposite. Occasionally his tigers volunteer to work on cricket pitches and visit musical shows. There are some who have no new ideas and hence trying to jump onto his bandwagon in an attempt to rid non-Kannadigas from Bangalore.

    Their point is they have to speak in english/hindi instead of Kannada. If they are so worried about erosion of Kannada from their daily life, they should volunteer to teach Kannada freely to the prospective wannabes! Belated birthday wishes...Mr. Bal Thackeray!

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