Bal Thackeray praises Nitish, ridicules Raj
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Saturday took a dig at his estranged nephew MNS president Raj Thackeray.
Mumbai: Lauding the developmental work undertaken by Nitish Kumar in Bihar after he took over as Chief Minister, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Saturday took a dig at his estranged nephew MNS president Raj Thackeray for opposing Kumar`s visit here and then back-tracking.
"The role of the "natwarya" (veteran actor) to first oppose and then not to oppose has been exposed. The delicious `vada` (a local snack) has become `rabdi` (a sweet dish)," he said in an editorial in party mouthpiece `Saamana`.
Votebank politics hinges on `nautanki` (drama) and `tamasha`, he said, taking potshots at Raj for his flip-flop over Kumar`s visit to Mumbai to take part in Bihar Day celebrations.
"That is why we said we will speak on Bihar Day only after others reveal their stand," the Sena chief said in an apparent reference to MNS.
Praising Kumar for his work, the Sena patriarch said, "Due to the fabulous leadership Bihar has got in the form of Nitish Kumar, the state, a backward region engulfed in casteism, is on the road to development."
Speaking on the issue of Marathi pride, he said no one was more aggressive than Shiv Sena in opposing "atrocities" on Marathi-speakers in Belgaum by the Kannada people.
"Shiv Sena`s fist is firm and Mumbai will remain for Marathi-speakers," he said.