Sanjay Sawant/Shubhangi Khapre, DNAINDIA.COM, Monday, June 19, 2006
On Shiv Sena’s 40th birthday on Monday, party chief Bal Thackeray attacked Muslims as “anti-nationals”, opposed Sonia Gandhi’s proposal of reservations for Muslims in the armed forces, and described the lobbying of Muslim organisations for greater representation in the Lok Sabha as an attempt to take over the nation.
He referred to Muslims as ‘green poison’ in a ceremony held at Shanmukhananda Hall. Senior leaders such as party president Uddhav Thackeray were also present. In his speech, the Sena chief opposed reservations, saying they may spark riots. Attacking Sonia Gandhi, he described the current increase in reservations as a terrible decision by a foreigner.
In a reference to the estranged Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, he told his party workers that only they could address this issue, and that no other party could agitate the Sena way.
There was another reference, more overt: Thackeray said he felt like going for a walk to Shivaji Park sometimes (Raj Thackeray lives there), but that he felt Matoshree, his residence at Bandra, was better.