The vulgar side of Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray’s MNS came to the fore Wednesday as the parties took to the streets to protest the recent disparaging remarks by deputy CM Ajit Pawar on drought and load shedding in the state.
During a demonstration in Mumbai,MNS members stopped a school boy in uniform and made him urinate on posters of Pawar in Dadar and Lalbaug.
In Aurangabad,Shiv Sena held a glass filled with urine to the mouth of Pawar on a poster,even as posters ridiculing the NCP leader were put up across the state.
At a public meeting in Indapur Saturday,Pawar had said: If there is no water in dam,should we urinate? During load shedding people are making babies.
The MNS and Sena protests evoked equally strong political reactions as had the Pawar remarks.
BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde said,BJP will agitate in a dignified manner without flouting norms.
The party will project Pawar as a corrupt and arrogant face of NCP and the Democratic Front government in the state.
However,MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray justified the manner.
Meanwhile,the opposition did not allow the legislature to function for a third day demanding CM Prithviraj Chavan apologise for the Pawar remarks.
NCP MLA Shashikant Shinde defended,What right does MNS have to speak against Ajit Pawar when Raj Thackeray speaks in a more vulgar language at rallies?
As parties traded charges discussions on important issues such as power,irrigation and law and order were put on the backburner.
Parliamentary affairs minister Harshvardhan Patil intervened but failed to calm the opposition.
He said,Pawar has apologised in the Assembly and Council. Why should the opposition seek apology from CM on the same issue?
Leader of opposition in the Assembly Khadse countered,Chavan had promised an apology in both Houses. He will have to keep the promise. He cannot buckle under NCP pressure and betray the opposition.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre said,It is an internal matter of NCP. Nobody can justify the Pawar remarks,but now that he has apologised we want everybody to work in the budget session.