Thackeray lambastes PMC`s decision to remove statue

Lambasting the decision of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to remove the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji`s teacher Dadoji Konddev, Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday accused the ruling Congress-NCP coalition.

Updated: Dec 28, 2010, 21:40 PM IST

Mumbai: Lambasting the decision of Pune
Municipal Corporation (PMC) to remove the statue of
Chhatrapati Shivaji`s teacher Dadoji Konddev, Shiv Sena Chief
Bal Thackeray on Tuesday accused the ruling Congress-NCP coalition
of sowing seeds of casteism.

"I am of the view that there should be no social tensions
in the state due to this incident. We have to live together as
Marathi instead of Marathas or Brahmins. But, I don`t think
the state`s ruling class has the same wish," Thackeray wrote
in the editorial of his mouthpiece "Saamna".

The Sena patriarch said those who removed the statue
would accuse the opposition of creating divisiveness in the
society but "they should first look within," he added.

Referring to the removal of the statue at midnight,
Thackeray said acts of sin are committed in the darkness.

"Those who removed the statue say Shivaji`s teacher
could not be a brahmin and "dada-aaba" (referring to Ajitdada
Pawar and R R Patil) support such acts," he said and dared
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to arrest those who removed
Dadoji`s statue from Lal Mahal in Pune.

"He should clarify if the incident of removing the statue
in the dead of the night had his support," Thackeray said.

"Are these politicians more well versed in history than
historians who have done research on Shivaji`s life. How can
they insult Maharashtra`s history in such a manner," he asked.

PTI