30 November, 2020

Sena's Bane

Raj Thackeray gets a CBI summons in the Kini case, even as the Bombay riots cases return to haunt the ruling party

Sena's Bane

A clean sweep in the civic elections is reason to be happy. But as the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP alliance faces the state budget session beginning this week, the controversies are back in focus and need accounting. Two things, at the outset, that don't look positive for the Shiv Sena: the re-appearance of the Kini case; and the insistence of the Srikrishna Commission, inquiring into the Bombay riots of 1992-93, that some key files be made public. These are files that explain why the state government withdrew riots-related criminal cases against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

Another thing that can embarrass the ruling parties is the likelihood of Chief Minister Manohar Joshi having to depose before the Commission, giving evidence and being examined under oath on issues connected to the riots, while the legislature is in session. Not a rosy prospect for the Sena. Little wonder, then, that Thackeray chose the March 14 (the Sena-BJP regime's second anniversary) press conference to make not-so-veiled threats. "It is a commission appointed by...



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