Letter to all Respected Marathis and Raj Thackeray
Ignore allegations, Thackeray
||MUMBAI: Breaking his silence
on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray’s outbursts against
north Indians, Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray on Wednesday said making
parochial allegations against actor Amitabh Bachchan was plain foolishness.
In a statement, Mr. Bal
Thackeray said: “In the end Amitabh Bachchan is Amitabh Bachchan.” Mr.
Bachchan should ignore all these silly allegations and those who speak
“Bachchan is not only my
friend; we have family relations. Whenever he has the time he comes over
and visits us. Our friendship has lasted for 40 years and there has been
no strain in our relationship,” Mr. Bal Thackeray pointed out.
Mr. Raj Thackeray had criticised
Mr. Bachchan “for being the brand ambassador of Uttar Pradesh.” He had
also said that the actor opened a school for girls in Uttar Pradesh when
Mumbai had given him all his fame and glory
Bachchan is a global
superstar and is respected all over the world. He has always expressed
his gratitude to Mumbai and the people for giving him fame," Thackeray
said in comments exposing the divide in the Thackeray family.
Raj Thackeray wants to
do a Bal Thackeray
03. Feb. 2008. Raj Thackeray
has done it again. After outraging Biharis by calling the Chhat festival
a 'drama', he has hit out at superstar Amitabh Bachchan for not being loyal
enough to Maharashtra.
Please tell Mr Raj Thackeray
to concentrate on constructive politics instead of seeking cheap publicity
through cheap methods. Mr Bachchan may invest his money in Timbuktu, how
does it matter to Raj Thackeray?
There are labourers who
are working in Dubai, one does not expect them to develop Dubai.
There are so many ‘bhaiyas’
working in Mumbai and Punjab, does one expect them to put their money in
the development of Mumbai? Mr Raj Thackeray, please concentrate on what
is ailing Mumbai.
And surprisingly, he has
found support in the Shiv Sena.
What's more, the matter doesn't
||''Amitabh Bachchan chose
to contest elections from Uttar Pradesh instead of Mumbai. If a person
of such stature who is revered in Mumbai can feel patriotic about his own
state, can't Raj Thackeray feel the same?'' said Raj Thackeray, President,
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
And once more taking offence
to this was not Bachchan himself but good friend and Samajwadi party MP
''Amitabh Bachchan is revered
not just in India but all over the world. He doesn't need a certificate
of loyalty from Raj Thackeray,'' said Amar Singh, MP, Samajwadi Party
The Shiv Sena, usually critical
of Raj Thackeray, for once endorsed his views and deepened the divide between
Maharshtrians and outsiders.
The political bedlam over
who really is worth being a Mumbaikar has finally found its target in Amitabh
A new political party hungry
for publicity, a North Indian front in defence of its criticism and an
ageing Maharashtrian force, trying to hold on to its own fort.
Big B's house vandalised
Vandals tried to attack
Amitabh Bachchan's residence 'Prateeksha' in Mumbai on Sunday night, hurling
bottles into the compound. Security has been increased outside Bachchan's
||The attack came hours after
supporters of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray attacked
taxi drivers and others from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in Mumbai's Dadar
Over the last few days, Thackeray
had made public statements questioning Bachchan's loyalty to the state.
The Bachchans don't live
in 'Prateeksha' but in another house called 'Jalsa'. Bachchan family is
originally from Uttar Pradesh while Jaya Bachchan is a Samajwadi party
Raj Thackeray's supporters
clash with SP workers in Mumbai
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Navnirman
Sena (MNS) activists clashed with Samajwadi Party supporters close to the
venue of a rally organised by United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA)
The clash took place before
the start of the rally at Shivaji Park where top leaders of UNPA, including
Samajwadi Party chief and the group's Chairman Mulayam Singh Yadav, were
scheduled to speak.
Some members of the mob were
detained and security at the venue in Central Mumbai stepped up, police
Activists of both political
parties assembled outside the Plaza Cinema in Dadar and indulged in stone
pelting. Five cars were also damaged in the incident.
The clash comes hours after
actor and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan's retaliation to MNS president
Raj Thackeray's statement against her husband and superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
Incidents of tearing of posters
en-route to Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai allegedly by MNS activists to
disrupt the rally have also been reported.
Latter to all Respected Marathis and Raj Thackeray
Mumbai molestation: Raj
Thackeray men 'attack' TV van
MUMBAI: An outdoor broadcasting
(OB) van of a TV news channel was damaged at Worli on Friday night allegedly
by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers.
The MNS activists were apparently
upset with a report being aired by the network's Hindi channel, which had
referred to MNS chief Raj Thackeray as 'gunehgaron ka sardar' (leader of
Thackeray had recently led
a delegation of youths accused in the New Year's Eve Juhu molestation case
to meet deputy chief minister R R Patil. He reportedly told Patil that
the real accused were missing and these boys were nabbed by the police
probably giving in to media pressure.
I don’t know who Raj Thackeray
is: Jaya Bachchan
||Claiming that the boys had
been "framed," the Shiv Sena took up the cudgel on their behalf and its
rival, MNS, decided to take the issue forward.
Upset with the marquee on
the channel, the MNS activists tried to take out a rally to the channel's
office in Lower Parel, but the police bandobast deterred them. Later, they
stoned an OB van, which was passing near the petrol pump at Worli Naka
and thrashed its driver, Ram Singh.
Senior editor of the channel
Sanjay Singh said, "We stand by our story. We had given MNS enough chance
to present their side of the story. Since they could not attack our office,
they stoned the van."
MUMBAI: Even as Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray continues his tirade against North
Indians, film actor Jaya Bachchan claimed she did not know who Raj Thackeray
Ms. Bachchan told reporters
that she knew of no other Thackeray other than Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray
and his son Uddhav.
“I heard that Raj Thackeray
owns huge property in Maharashtra ... in Mumbai ... Kohinoor Mills. If
he is willing to donate land, we can start a school in the name of [daughter-in-law]
Aishwarya here,” PTI quoted her as telling journalists here.
“Mr. Bal Thackeray [Shiv
Sena chief] is like a father to me and Mr. Uddhav [Sena Executive President]
is his son. I don’t know any other Thackeray,” she said.
Lalu Yadav : Terming
Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray as "just a child in politics", Railway
Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday made light of the former's advice to non-
Maharashtrians saying it is better if people say "Jai Bharat".
Talking to reporters after
a function here, Lalu said Raj, whose party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
has been targeting migrants from north India living in this metropolis,
is a political novice.