Maharashtra Polls: War of Words Reaches to a New Low

Maharashtra Polls: War of Words Reaches to a New Low

MUMBAI, Oct 6 (PTI): As far as calling names goes, campaigning for the October 13 Maharashtra Assembly elections seems to have reached a new low, with key  players in state political arena calling rivals names, including those of animals.

Chief minister Ashok Chavan called MNS chief Raj Thackeray a 'frog' during a press conference in his hometown Nanded recently.

"Raj Thackeray and other opponents are like frogs which appear on ground during the monsoon and start croaking," Chavan said.

Chavan is the latest in the long line of leaders who have used colourful language to deride opponents, the most visible practitioners of this 'art' being estranged Thackeray cousins.

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray equated Raj to a "contractor working on commission for the Congress-NCP combine".

Raj responded, saying Uddhav was like "aitya bilawar nagoba" (a Marathi phrase, meaning a snake always claims a readymade home instead of toiling for it), a reference to the Sena's leadership passed on to Uddhav by his father Bal Thackeray.

Uddhav riled Raj for criticizing the Sena-BJP alliance but keeping mum when it concerned Congress-NCP combine "for fear that he would be put into a cage like a rat (as Raj was but behind the bars)" if he dared attack the ruling front.

Not to be left behind, the 83-year senior Thackeray earlier termed nephew Raj as "Jinnah of Maharashtra, who was out to divide Marathi people at the behest of Congress."

Alluding to Raj, Uddhav said the MNS chief was not a superman but a 'supariman'. The term 'supari' is an underworld slang for a contract killing. "He has taken 'supari' on behalf of Congress-NCP," Uddhav said.

Senior Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh took potshots at the verbal duel between the Thackeray cousins, saying "the duo is so much immersed in their fight that they do not have time for people's problems and Marathi people feel suffocated as a result."

MNS leader Shirish Parkar launched a personal attack on former Union minister Ram Naik of BJP, saying the latter was medically unfit and needed blood transfusions regularly.

Naik vehemently denied the charge, saying "I have never in my life needed transfusion. I am older than Parkar but much more fit than him."


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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Wed, Oct 07 2009

    Mr. Pujari, aapne mere muh ki baat cheen li. You are absolutely right. Rats and frogs are far far better.

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  • Guru Pujari, Manglore - Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 06 2009

    Can somebody explain to these politicians that Rats and Frog are much much better than our them (our great politicians). Atleast Rats and Frogs don't fragment the community for selfish reasons.

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