Wednesday 10 February 2010
Rahul Gandhi told to marry Dalit girl
Mumbai, Feb 9, DH News Service:
Rattled by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's highly successful
'local train yatra' in Mumbai, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on
Tuesday fired a fresh salvo against him for calling Mumbai as 'Bombay'
during his recent public meetings.
"During his speech here, Rahul Gandhi repeatedly called Mumbai as
Bombay. Those who want to break Mumbai away from Maharashtra call
Mumbai as Bombay," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece
The 39-year-old Rahul's Mumbai visit was like the "funeral procession
of Congress" taken out by Marathi people, Thackeray commented,
ridiculing the massive police protection deployed by the Maharashtra
government for the "Congress Yuvraj."
Thackeray also blasted the state's minister of state for home Ramesh
Bagwe, who was seen carrying Rahul's shoes, apparently for
safe-keeping, during the Congress leader's visit here. "The minister
should be ashamed to stoop so low," the Sena chief said, telling him
that "Rahul Gandhi is not Mahatma Gandhi so that his shoes should be
held close to the heart."
The paper also targeted management guru Arundam Chaudhuri, who
favoured converting Mumbai into a separate state or union territory,
out of Maharashtra. Chaudhuri, Editor-in-Chief of 'The Sunday Indian',
has said in an editorial in the latest issue of the magazine "Hats off
to Shah Rukh Khan for standing his ground! It's now time to end this
hooliganism once and for all and make Mumbai a union territory!"
The Sena mouthpiece quoted Chaudhuri's words in its frontpage story
and said he has "insulted Maharashtra by spewing such venom." "Saamna"
also reported that during a recent TV debate, Chaudhuri deliberately
called Mumbai as Bombay. Last year, Chaudhuri's IIPM roped in Shah
Rukh Khan to host its annual quiz.
If all this was not enough, the Republican Party of India leader
Ramdas Athawale also jumped into the controversy and asked Rahul
Gandhi to marry a Dalit girl and bring in a social revolution.
"The casteism and social disharmony will not go away just by visiting
Dalit colonies or shaking hands with Dalit people... Rahul should
marry a Dalit girl to bring in a true social revolution. I shall ask
Sonia Gandhi to select a Dalit girl for Rahul," Athawale said at his
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