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Thackeray blames Muslims for Sena's defeat

A Correspondent in Mumbai | October 18, 2004 09:57 IST
Last Updated: October 18, 2004 12:08 IST

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is an angry man today.

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In an article in party mouthpiece,, Thackeray on Monday blamed anybody and everybody, except his own party, for its humiliating loss in the Maharashtra assembly election.

The Shiv Sena chief attributed the Congress-Nationalist Congress party's victory to strategic voting by Muslims and non-Maharashtrians against his party.

He said the Congress-NCP alliance and the country will one day pay dearly for relying on Muslims for winning elections.

Thackeray also warned that it will be mistake to rely too much on Sonia Gandhi. "When the country faces the crisis that the Congress is building by patronising  Muslims, Sonia will quietly pack her bags and leave for Italy with her children," he said.

Trying to boost party morale, Thackeray said he will address the party's annual 'Dushehra' rally. "There will be no change. We will all gather for the rally as we have done every year," he said.

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Sub: Jai Maharashtra

Mr. Bal Thakarey is a original Hindu-hrudaysamrat.

Posted by Harshad Nandure

Sub: Thackeray has to keep his mouth Shut atleast now

Thackeray has to keep hi mouth shut and should understand that people will not allow a communal like him to bag the power, as they ...

Posted by Indian

Sub: Thackerey blames Muslims

Both Bal Thackerey and BJP are deeply resentful of Indian Muslim voters, practically boycott them in election after elections. However, as political parties, they do ...

Posted by Ghulam Muhammed

Sub: Cowards

I still cant understand why ppl vote for men like him.After such statements.Its people like him who must get up in the morning and wishing ...

Posted by AG

Sub: very good i am impresssed

I think thakrey should go to jawaharlal nehru university, aligardh university and above all mumbai university to know in freedom movement not only hindus but ...

Posted by virender


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