Raj Thackeray’s new political stunt

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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray is always trying to remain in limelight by issuing unwarranted statements in media. Raj is well aware that Lok Sabha election is just round the corner hence he is trying to garner publicity by issuing some controversial statement through press conference. This time choose to target Narendra Modi who had earlier toured Mumbai and compared Gujarat’s development with Maharashtra. Earlier Raj had praised Narendra Modi for the development work undertaken by him in Gujarat. He also had asked the Maharashtra government to seek advice from Modi to transform Maharashtra.

Mr Thackeray’s challenge to Mr Modi sparked off speculation about a change in their equations. The BJP has a long-standing alliance with the Shiv Sena, which is headed by Mr Thackeray’s estranged cousin, Uddhav. Mr Thackeray was among the select few who were invited to attend Mr Modi’s swearing in as chief minister of Gujarat for the fourth successive term in December, 2012. He also visited Mr Modi during his Sadbhavana fast at Ahmedabad in 2011.

Raj targeted Modi, and said that he always speaks about his home state even while touring Mumbai. He also added that Modi must quit the post of Gujarat CM if he aspires to become prime minister of the country. If Modi sings Gujarat tune then even Raj Thackeray too projects himself as a champion of Marathi cause. He also indulges in politics of hatred by targeting north Indians.

In the press conference Raj Thackeray had challenged the Aam Aadmi Party and said that MNS is the baap of AAP. How can MNS claim to be the baap of AAP, as the latter had taken several decisions for the welfare of people? Did MNS do any substantial work for the masses? AAP’s popularity is growing day by day on the other hand MNS is losing its sheen. Infact MNS is considered as one of the provocative party and indulges in hate politics. People are supporting AAP on account of the good work done by the party. On the other hand, MNS party workers has been assaulting people from north India.

Raj should understand that his party can’t win election by merely criticising the opposition party. Like other parties, even MNS is feeling insecure after the emergence of AAP. Even if the MNS decides to go solo in the Lok Sabha election the party will have to decide how many seats it will contest and from which constituency. The 2014 election won’t be a cakewalk for the MNS as the party is not as strong as it was in 2009.