Thackeray says anti-Mumbai virus has spread

Bal Thackeray has said anti-Mumbai virus has spread but it would have no impact on his party.

Updated: Feb 04, 2010, 10:03 AM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray
on Thursday termed as "Goebbels` propaganda" the raking up the issue
of Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad`s visit to his residence
here five years ago, saying an anti-Mumbai virus has spread
but it would have no impact on his party.

"The Pakistan cricketer`s visit to my house is being
capitalised for political gains. I would like to state that it
won`t have any impact on Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainiks,"
Thackeray said in an article in party mouthpiece `Saamana`.

"There has been a spurt of anti-Mumbai and
anti-Maharashtra virus. It is not surprising because some
people have been hurt that Maharashtra got Mumbai," Thackeray

He said raising the issue of Miandad`s visit to his
house was part of a "Goebbels propaganda" by a section of
media and recalled that cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar took the
initiative in arranging the meeting with Miandad.

"The meeting was to request that Pakistan players be
allowed to play in India. I rejected that request," the Shiv
Sena supremo said.

Meanwhile, NCP MLA and former minister Nawab Malik has
said the 2004 visit by Miandad to Thackeray`s residence in
suburban Bandra shows that "Thackeray has no right to call
actor Shah Rukh Khan anti-national.

"Thackeray felicitated Miandad, who is not only a
Pakistani but he is also related to India’s most-wanted
criminal Dawood Ibrahim," Malik said.

"Thackeray invited Miandad to his house and praised
him for his performance in Sharjah, especially in a match
against India," he alleged.

"Thackeray had then said he liked Miandad and could
not forget the lofty six he hit off Chetan Sharma to win the
Australasia Cup in Sharjah in 1986," he claimed.