26 January, 2021


Now the tiger only mimics Sonia's accent

THE roars might be absent, but then, there are always the growls. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, of late, has been ignored by BJP leaders—barring the small fry, none, including Advani and Vajpayee who once made it a point to attend his campaign launches, have shared his platform so far. That's why Thackeray chose to leave his visiting card at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. Once it was Advani who routinely came calling at Matoshree, now Balasaheb was taking flowers to Rajju Bhaiya. But he seems chastened more by the EC. He would like to tell it a thing or two. About taking away his right to vote, about barring him from contesting elections for six years. The second ban is meaningless: he never has done so and never will. But the first rankles.

In '98, his obscene references to Sonia Gandhi were said to have cost him precious votes, particularly those of women. Many rural belles in this cotton belt of Vidarbha had marched out of his meetings when he likened the Congress president to a cow and made other anatomical observations on her bearing. So now, after some...



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