UDDHAV THACKERAY –
THE RAHUL GANDHI OF SHIV SENA
V. Sundaram, IAS (Retd.) June 28, 2013
Uddhav Thackeray is Rahul Gandhi of Shiv Sena even as Rahul Gandhi is Uddhav Thackeray of Sonia Congress Party. Both the Tweedledum and Tweedledee are equally distinguished for talking incoherent, inconsistent, illogical and irreconcilable balderdash.
I call Uddhav Thackeray as the Rahul Gandhi of Shiv Sena for yet another compelling reason. Uddhav Thackeray inherited a vast political party apparatus from his father even as Rahul Gandhi has inherited a decrepit, though large, party apparatus from his parents.
Now to come to the State of Gujarat. The Italian imposter who gave a false Affidavit relating to her Educational Qualifications to the Returning Officer of Rae Baraelli Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh some years ago had the temerity to portray Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Hindi as “Mauth ka Saudagar” (Meaning ‘Merchant of Death’) on the eve of State Assembly Elections in Gujarat in December 2007. The people of Gujarat greatly incensed at the indignities heaped on their popular Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave a death-blow to the Sonia Congress Party and Chief Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected as Chief Minister in January 2008.
Drawing inspiration from his Italian mother, about three years ago, Rahul Gandhi foolishly compared Chief Minister Narendra Modi with Chairman Mao Tse Tung. He made this observation during one of his poorly attended public meetings in Gujarat. He was booed where ever he went in Gujarat and a few days later he returned to Delhi in disgrace. The whole country knows that there is a desperate attempt to damage the Prime Ministerial prospects of Narendra Modi in 2014 by hook or by crook.
In the recent past ‘Maulana’ Mulayam Singh Yadav of Deoband fame came out with foamy fulminations against Narendra Modi while Lal Kishen ‘Jinnah’ was battling Narendra Modi for gaining control of the party apparatus of the BJP. This is the continuation of the old Nehruvian stratagem of stampeding the Muslims into voting for the Congress by invoking the bogie of Hindu Majoritarian rule. It was soon realised that the Muslims are not voting for the BJP anyway and therefore some other strategy had to be worked out.
The non-Hindutva alliance partners of the NDA were instigated into aiming barbs at Narendra Modi. JD (U) which has presence mostly in Bihar and that too thanks to the alliance with BJP, went into a collision course with the BJP on the “secular” issue of keeping the formidable Narendra Modi out of the Prime Ministerial race for 2014. The nationally known villain of the piece is Nitish Kumar whose hatred towards Narendra Modi arises from his infatuation for the votes of the Islamic Brotherhood in Bihar and his burning desire to keep them away from his archrival Lallu Prasad Yadav!
JD (U) Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar was railroaded into breaking the alliance with the BJP which made him the Chief Minister of Bihar. The “secular” lobby spread emotional sob stories of how BJP in general and Narendra Modi in particular are shabbily treating the “elder statesman” LK Advani. The “secular” lobby in a grip of selective amnesia forgot how the very same LK Advani and AB Vajpayee ill-treated the elderly Balraj Madhok and got him ignominiously expelled him from Jan Sangh.
The “secular” lobby has spun colourful yarns depicting the sweet old gentleman LK Advani who lovingly protected Chief Minister Narendra Modi from dismissal by a stern Prime Minister Vajpayee in 2002 but did not get any gratitude from Narendra Modi. This lobby did not bother to question the gratitude of Nitish Kumar who ditched the NDA which won the mandate from the people of Bihar to rule for 5 years and to ask him to seek a fresh mandate from the people of Bihar.
The “secular” lobby also conveniently forgets that Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was surprised on that occasion in 2002, when one of his closest aides, the late Pramod Mahajan led the voice of support within the BJP party in favour of the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
After the magnificent victory of Narendra Modi in the recently held Gujarat by-elections and more particularly after the nomination of Narendra Modi as the Chairman of the Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, the rank and file of the Bihar unit of BJP has also been inspired and energized by the invigorating and commanding presence of Narendra Modi. They strongly believe that under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi they can capture more Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Bihar without the pressing need for any political alliance with any Political Party whatsoever!
L.K.Advani is spearheading yet another insidious attempt, to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the BJP, by trying to argue that the BJP will lose the Shiv Sena just as it lost the Janata Dal (United), if Narendra Modi is made the Party Candidate for Prime Ministership.
In a veiled reference to the JD(U)’s exit from the NDA over Narendra Modi’s elevation as Chief Electoral Campaigner, BJP patriarch L K Advani reminded his Party President Rajnath Singh on Friday, 21st June 2013 that even the Founder of the Jan Sangh Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee had tried to keep anti-Congress forces united in order to break the Congress’s hold over India. Our Nation will never forget that this political guttersnipe, this repository of all recent wrongs and shame after the 2004 BJP electoral debacle, was responsible for the ouster of Balraj Madhok (a great statesman cast in the same mould as Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee) from the Jan Sangh.
Advani has said: “I remember Syama Prasad Mookerjee brought Orissa Gantantra Parishad leaders to his party’s first national convention in Kanpur. This reflected his willingness to join ranks with other parties to break the hegemony of the Congress. This was a message to befriend anti-Congress parties.” Just as Sir Winston Churchill never tried to befriend Hitler, whom he knew was the greatest enemy of England (nay, the Human Race!), BJP President Rajnath Singh has clearly seen through the machinations and manoeuvres of Nitish Kumar and has come to the conclusion that he is a betrayer and a sworn enemy of not only the BJP but all the Hindus of India.
After consultation with Guruji Golwalkar of RSS, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee (1901-1953) founded Bharatiya Jana Sangh on 21st Oct. 1951 at Delhi and he became the first President of it. In 1952 elections, Bharatiya Jana Sangh won 3 seats in Parliament of India including his seat. This was the time when Sardar Patel was no more and the ‘Maulana’ Jawaharlal Nehru was lording over India as his Personal Fiefdom. India has come a long way since then and Hindu consolidation is in its second wave, the first one coming around the 1992 Babri Building demolition. Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s tactic has already been tried and it has lost its sheen. The 1999 Vajpayee’s NDA coalition and co-habitation experiment, without any duly solemnized marriage, lasted for 5 years! But the BJP lost out in States like UP, West Bengal, Bihar and Karnataka as a result of personal agenda of the egoistic and selfish leaders like Vajpayee and Advani. Now is the time for the BJP to capture power in the Union Government and in the States on its own and if possible with Political Parties who have the same core agenda of Hindutva.
An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ on 24th June 2013 alluding to BJP stalwart L.K. Advani’s recent clarion call to the party to win new friends, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray noted that while Mr. Advani’s advice was indeed commendable, political allies “did not grow on trees”. Uddhav Thackeray said that placing Mr Modi as the face of its campaign will prevent the BJP from collecting allies and asked: “Is the BJP in a position to win the elections on its own strength? If not, then who are its new friends and just how does one go about acquiring fresh allies … all this must be made clear now.”
Uddhav Thackeray is probably aware of Narendra Modi’s strategy for BJP to win a simple majority in the Lok Sabha on its own and is worried by his own irrelevance staring him at close quarters. LK Advani, described by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as “rancid pickle”, is also facing complete irrelevance with the exit of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) from the NDA. The whole of India knows that Lal Kishen ‘Jinnah’ is the alter ego of Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is the alter ego of Lal Kishen ‘Jinnah’. They are united in their commitment to surrender the whole of India to the treacherous ‘Secularism’ of Sonia Congress Party on the one hand and the barbarous indigenous terrorist forces of Islam in India in the coming Parliamentary Elections in 2014.
Uddhav Thackeray nurtures a sense of inferiority as regards his estranged cousin Raj Thackeray who physically resembles Bal Thackeray, the founder of Shiv Sena. Unlike Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray has a charisma of his own. Raj Thackeray is more popular, is a consummate orator and is a brilliant political strategist. Raj Thackeray is famous for roughing it out as a street fighter and is known to lead from the front unlike the mild-mannered Uddhav who is a back-room operator.
Uddhav Thackeray is constantly plagued by the fear of being upstaged by cousin Raj Thackeray. This combined with Bal Thackeray’s “Dhritarashtra Complex” led to the expulsion of Raj Thackeray from the Shiv Sena in 2006. Consequently, Raj Thackeray went on to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The MNS split the anti-Congress votes and the Congress-NCP Alliance came to power in Maharashtra in the 2009 Assembly Elections. Thus the great father and his son indulged in the historically well-established defeatist behaviour of cutting the nose to spite the face!
Uddhav Thackeray betrayed the NDA backed candidate PA Sangma for the 2012 presidential elections by choosing to support the Congress Candidate Pranab Mukherjee. Incidentally, Pranab Mukherjee was a friend of Dhirubhai Ambani way back from 1973 when he was held Ministerial positions in the Indira Gandhi Administration, giving all the export-import licences (to Reliance). Uddhav Thackeray’s betrayal of Party alliance and Hindutva ideology reeks of high commerce!
Uddhav Thackeray seems more like a younger version of LK Advani. Both treat their party’s core ideology of Hindutva as merely a means, a ruse, an expedient to acquire political power. Hindutva is to Uddhav Thackeray and LK Advani what Nehruvian Secularism is to Sonia Congress, a political condom to be used and discarded at will!
Nitish Kumar who failed badly in his frenzied effort to prevent Narendra Modi’s rise in the BJP has passed on the Anti-Narendra Modi Poisonous Political Pill to the politically suicidal Uddhav Thackeray at the instance of the treacherous and insufferably ambitious LK Advani. Please refer to our earlier articles on LK Advani.
On 30th January 2013, when former Union ministers Ram Jethmalani and C P Thakur endorsed Yashwant Sinha’s case for projection of Narendra Modi, the Shiv Sena strongly pitched for Sushma Swaraj as the Prime Ministerial candidate, defying the clamour within the BJP for anointment of Narendra Modi as the party’s face for the 2014 elections. Uddhav did this just to spite Raj who is an unstinting admirer of Narendra Modi style of Clean and Effective Governance. In August 2008, Raj Thackeray visited Gujarat on a 9-day trip as ‘State Guest’ to study the development in Gujarat. Raj has also expressed fullest support for Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha General Elections.
Again on 17th April 2013 Uddhav Thackeray cautioned that BJP should take the allies into confidence on the Prime Ministerial choice or else there could be a “Mahabharat” (full-scale bloody fratricidal war!).
On 24th June 2013, Uddhav Thackeray lauded Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and ridiculed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his “parochial attitude in dealing with the ongoing rescue operations in disaster-hit Uttarakhand”.
Narendra Modi trusts and likes Raj Thackeray but he cannot, should not and definitely does not trust the ever-shifting and ever-machinating Uddhav Thackeray. The RSS-backed Narendra Modi, despite all pin pricks from Uddhav, has shown great forbearance and he has refrained from targeting the petty, nit-picking Uddhav Thackeray.
Narendra Modi wants the warring cousins Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray to join forces and fight the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections to avoid split of anti-Sonia Congress Votes.
Uddhav Thackeray who is the younger version of the treacherous LK Advani with a bloated ego and equally enormous inferiority complex would be perfectly willing to betray his party Shiv Sena once again to suit his personal agenda. LK Advani had caused major embarrassment to BJP with his public resignation and remonstration because his overly personal agenda of becoming the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 has come to naught. LK Advani made a U-Turn on his resignation from BJP party posts. In the same vein, Uddhav Thackeray has made a U-Turn on his criticism of Narendra Modi. Uddhav Thackeray clarified that the Sena was not criticising Modi and said: “Modi is not our enemy. What we have said should not be distorted. Modi is doing very good work but some actions of his publicists may boomerang.”
Uddhav Thackeray who was adept at cutting his nose to spite his face now probably felt that he was cutting his neck to spite his head! The very thought of a furious, implacable and unstoppable Narendra Modi trampling all over Uddhav and replacing him in the political alliance with cousin Raj is nothing short of a major nightmare! No more “Mahabharat” for the frightened little Uddhav!!
Uddhav Thackeray must be reminded of what Dāmodar Sāvarkar (1883-1966) said in his Presidential address to the 19th session of the Hindu Mahasabha, Karnavati in 1937. Sāvarkar laid down the Hindu formula for Hindu-Moslem unity thus – “if you come, with you; if you don’t without you; and if you oppose, in spite of you – the Hindus will continue to fight for their National Freedom as best as they can!”
Narendra Modi might choose to utter the very same words of Veer Sāvarkar to Uddhav Thackeray and fight for Hindu Emancipation and National Freedom from Italian-Mafia-Missionary-Marxist-Mullah MisRule.
We salute Narendra Modi for clearly coming out with the declaration that the 2014 Parliamentary Elections will definitely result in the banishment of Sonia Congress Rule from India and in the birth of what Narendra Modi calls as a CONGRESS-FREE INDIA.