Mumbai: Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray today
virtually defended the attack on Team Anna member and lawyer
Prashant Bhushan saying he had paid the price for advocating
"Should Prashant Bhushan be showered with flowers for his
anti-national comments supporting plebiscite in Kashmir, which
Pakistan has been demanding," Thackeray asked in an editorial
in today`s edition of party mouthpiece `Saamana`.
"Those who attacked Bhushan were not thieves or goons but
had gone to question him on his comments on Kashmir," he said.
Thackeray, who had supported anti-graft crusader Anna
Hazare`s fast on bringing Janlokpal bill, said, "till Hazare
and his associates spoke against corruption, it was okay."
"However, these people are voicing their opinion on
everything from national security to electoral process," he
The Sena supremo said Kashmir was the "crown" of India
and Bhushan spoke of cutting it off, " Thackeray said.
The Sena chief said certain individuals and groups are
getting unnecessary and undue importance and `Team Anna` is
one such group.