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Bal Thackeray launches grand-son in politics

Last Updated: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 22:39

Mumbai: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray
tonight launched his grand-son Aditya into politics annointing
him as the head of its youth wing at a Dussehra rally which
also witnessed three generations of Thackerays sharing the

Handing over a sword to Aditya to encourage him in his
new endeavour--Yuva Sena, the 83-year-old Thackeray at the
same time said he does not believe in "dynasty politics" in
the Sena. 20-year-old Aditya, who is making his first major
public appearance, is Sena Executive President Uddhav
Thackeray`s son.

"I never brought Udhhav in Sena. He was made executive
president by `Krishnakunj` person (official residence of his
estranged nephew and MNS chief Raj Thackeray). In fact, I
opposed it, but all the party functionaries accepted Uddhav`s
leadership," he said at the traditional annual Dusshera rally
at central Mumbai`s Shivaji Park ground here.

"The party works on Shivshahi and not poor democracy. You
cannot take decisions without asking me. You may call me a
dictator or Hitler. But I did not start this dynasty," he

On his grand-son leading the party`s youth wing,
Thackeray said "I will not promote Aditya. If he wants to join
Sena he can." He also appreciated Aditya and his young
colleagues for initiating the Yuva Sena.

"Instead of criticizing them, one should appreciate
Aditya and his friends for doing some constructive work," he

Aditya said Yuva Sena wil be an "entry point" for those
who want to join the Sena.

Bal Thackeray also took potshots at MNS chief and his
estranged nephew Raj saying only copying style is not enough.

"Someone has stolen my style. Now people might say that
I am copying him. But that is not enough, thoughts are
important. Do you read and keep yourself upgraded? Only raking
up the Marathi issue will not help," Thackeray said referring
to Raj, who is known for aping the oratory style of his uncle.

Ridiculing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena`s Marathi agenda,
Thackeray said Raj was not even born when he took up the

Uddhav Thackeray slammed Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram for his comments on "saffron terrorism".

"When the country is under threat from China and
Pakistan, Chidambaram is not doing anything about it. Instead,
he is "looking" for saffron terrorism," Uddhav said in his
address at the rally.

"Yes, we have a saffron flag and Chhatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj gave it to us. Saffron is the colour of revolt," he

Uddhav said it is true that terrorism should not have
any colour, but then the Centre is biased on this issue.

Following the Bombay High Court`s judgement over
maintaining a noise level of not more than 50 decibels during
the rally, the Shiv Sena had installed sound barriers in the
ground, which falls under the silence zone.

Taking potshots at this move, Thackeray sarcastically
asked whether the "sound" was at qa level of 50 decibels or

"This is Sena`s roar. It will not fit into given decibel
criteria. How will you suppress our voice," he asked.


First Published: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 22:39

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