26 October, 2020

No Thanks To Thackeray

Thackeray has to modify his thought processes. Coarse humour and demagoguery cannot help retain his hold over followers unless the party performs.

No Thanks To Thackeray

IN 1995 Bal Thackeray singlehandedly ensured the victory of the Shiv Sena-BJP in Maharashtra. Three years later the same Thackeray singlehandedly ensured the defeat of the saffron combine. He has targeted some "non-performing" ministers and shakha pramukhs as he feels they are responsible for the debacle. He says he is going to axe them—a step that would be grossly unfair. Since he himself called all the shots in the administration as well as the organisation, he should be gracious enough to accept the blame.

The signs of public dissatisfaction with the government have been apparent to any discerning observer of the political scene for a very long time. But those who were puffed up with their own importance and sense of power could not read the writing on the wall.

The state's erstwhile Congress rulers were accused of being corrupt and venal. But they were not arrogant. Those who succeeded them seemed to have continued the legacy of corruption and venality despite having been elected on an anti-corruption plat...



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