Chavan inept, lacks self-respect: Thackeray

Mumbai: Equating Congress party to the Mughals, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Friday heaped scorn on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, calling him "inept" and one who lacked self-respect.

In a strong-worded editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', Thackeray ridiculed Chavan, who has been saying that the Sena will become "inconsequential" after the February 16 Mumbai civic polls.

"His parents named him after a brave heart but would not have thought that he will turn out so inept," Thackeray said.

"You (Chavan) would not have blabbered if you had even an ounce of self-respect," the Sena chief said, adding dethroning Sena from the Mumbai civic body is not as easy as Chavan is making out to be.

Shiv Sena came into being not for politics or power games, but to oppose the injustice done to Marathi-speakers, Thackeray said.

"Congress is like the Mughals... And the way Aurangzeb was buried in Maharashtra, we will bury Congress in Mumbai," he said in the editorial.

The Nehru-Gandhi family had propped up Chavan's father Anandrao, to counter Yashwantrao Chavan, he said.

"Anandrao Chavan was given all help to hinder the march of Yashwantrao Chavan, who was a senior, decent and cultured leader," Thackeray said. Anandrao was made a Central minister but could not make any impact, he added.