Bal Thackeray stayed clear of criticising PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, saying ‘he’s in love with me’
Mellowing his stand against Muslims for the first time, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray trained his guns against Christians and attacked Congress leaders for cosying up to the US.
In his 40-minute address at the Sena’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, Thackeray singled out Congress for criticism on issues like the Indo-US nuclear deal and the Sethu Samudram project.
Questioning Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s fondness for Christian leaders like Margaret Alva, Union ministers like Oscar Fernandes and her son-in-law Robert Vadera, Thackeray wondered why Hindus do not feel ashamed.
“Mughals ruled us for over 600 years while the British ruled us for over 150 years. We do not like someone from amongst us on the top. We prefer imported leaders,” he said, alluding to Sonia Gandhi.
Referring to the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Sena chief said even some of the ministers at the Centre do not know anything about the deal, leave alone the common man.
“US wants us to become its slaves,” Thackeray alleged, adding that a large population of the North-East, including in Mizoram and Nagaland, has been converted to Christianity.
“Even the Sethu Samudram project is being implemented to facilitate routes for the US ships. Why is the legendry Ram Sethu sought to be demolished,” he said.
Interestingly, the Sena chief avoided speaking against PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who has been showering praise on the Sena leader of late. “Since Bhujbal is in love with me, I would not say anything against him,” said Thackeray.
While Revenue Minister Narayan Rane was the butt of Thackeray’s criticism, others who came under the Sena chief’s fire were Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, state Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
Attacking the Union finance minister, Thackeray said Chidambaram has levied taxes on only the common man.
Ridiculing Deshmukh, Thackeray said the CM was more concerned about his own hair style.
The Sena chief spoke in support of bar girls but said Bangladeshis among them should be immediately deported.