30 November, 2020

The Great Mumbai Tamasha

Gopinath Munde, with a little help from Thackeray, is cornered in a sex scandal

The Great Mumbai Tamasha

NOTHING sticks like a sex scandal and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde is fighting with his back to the wall over his alleged involvement with Tamasha dancer Barkha Patil. Under normal circumstances Munde's so-called relationship would have been dismissed as a strictly personal affair. Even those levelling the charges admit that they have not unearthed any financial scam or misuse of office by Munde to favour Patil. But since he belongs to the BJP, which has been very vocal about the moral uprightness of its leaders, the Barkha scandal has been politicised. And with elections to nine muncipal corporations due in February, there is no sign of the scandal abating.

Surprisingly, the BJP's big brother alliance partner in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, has chipped in to keep the scandal alive. Just when the entire tamasha had moved to the inside pages of city newspapers, Thackeray referred to the allegations against Munde at a function of party workers in Mumbai on December 22. Said Thackeray jocularly, much to the embarrassment of...



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