Two days in a row, two parts of Mumbai were literally held for ransom as first Shiv Sena-BJP and RPI and then the next day NCP indulged in power and strength display. All this in the wake of the round the corner MCGM polls. After Uddhav Thackeray abused Ajit Pawar during the rally in azad maidan, NCP leaders launched a tirade against Uddhav Thackeray.
While Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and RPI leader ramdas athavale did not even hesitate from abusing the NCP in public, the very next day the heavyweights of the NCP led by NCP supremo sharad pawar descended on somaiya college ground to celebrate the party’s 12th birthday. And there seemed to be absolutely no signs of the ‘truce’ the sena and the NCP had declared last month, as deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and home minister r r patil launched a tirade against Uddhav Thackeray. Dy. Chief minister Ajit Pawar said that they don’t come in anyone’s way but if someone crosses their path, their party workers know how to deal with such people.
The attack against Uddhav Thackeray continued when home minister R R Patil too retorted that the NCP leaders can do it too but they respect the Indian culture.
The game who to show their opposition Shiv Sena down continued even in chagan bhujbal’s speech who took a dig at the response that the saffron rally received at azad maidan and said that only NCP had the power to bring Mumbai to a standstill. Chagan bhujbal added that renaming dadar railway station as chaityabhoomi was always the “NCP demand”. NCP supremo sharad pawar targeted the sena-athavale alliance, reminding the crowds that ramdas athawale has now joined hands with people who like to call themselves hindu hriday samrat, the title given to bal Thackeray by his followers, thereby giving up ambedkar’s ideals.
Playing the dalit card to the maximum, NCP leaders said dadar railway station should be renamed as chaityabhoomi. However if one had to sum up the two rallies that held Mumbai city at ransom for two consecutive days; one would say that they spoke the same language, gave the same assurances and used the same threatening tones – the only difference was that first it was the Shiv Sena and the next day the NCP. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, nilofar shaikh for NMTV News.