- An intelligence official, minutes after Thackeray suspended the Sena's agitation against the Pakistan cricket team.
IN the end, it was an unholy deal. In the face of the belligerence displayed by Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, the BJP government at the Centre displayed a rare degree of ineptitude. And when it came to reining in the Sena pramukh, it was less of a case of the state's will being imposed than a trade-off.
The Union government may have won some respite with Thackeray calling off his party's plans to scuttle the Pakistan cricket tour. But for backing down, the Sena pramukh also extracted a significant promise from home minister L.K. Advani - that there would be no threat to his position or his party in Maharashtra.
But in the 30 minutes the two spent in a suite in Mumbai's Centaur Hotel, Advani also held out the government's threat. The exchange...