“Who is Raj Thackeray? I know Bala Saheb, father-like figure to us and Uddhav Thackeray only”, said Jaya Bachchan, who is the wife of Amitabh Bachchan and Rajya Sabha MP from Samajwadi Party. She said it in a press conference in Mumbai in the reaction of Raj Thackeray’s comment against Big B that he didn’t do anything for Mumbai when Mumbai has given him such name, fame, and money.
The major question is – Who is Raj Thackeray? Is he like Kalyan Singh without Bhartiya Janta Party, Raj Babbar without Samajwadi Party, Uma Bharti without BJP, Natwar Singh without Congress? I think yes, Raj Thackeray is now Raj Thackeray without Shiv Sena. And he is desperately trying to be in media all the time like his ‘Sena’ days. He has become infamous for doing ‘shortcuts’ to get cheap popularity and this time he has opted the God Sun (Chath Puja), Amitabh Bachchan and his favorite ‘Biharis’ to polish his politics.
Let me tell you who Raj Thackeray is in detail. Raj Thackeray is a young Indian politician of Maharashtra and best known as nephew of Bala saheb Thackeray till date. He started his political career with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and it was possible because he has the title ‘Thackeray’. He started dreaming to become the chief minister of Maharashatra in the initial phase of his political career. He even had revealed his wish in 2004 but didn’t contest the assembly elections.
He had the status of number three in party but had a dream to become number one by overtaking Uddhav Thackeray, son of Bala Saheb. Later, he was sidelined and forced to give way to Uddhav to become Shiv Sena’s executive President in 2005. Raj, highly ambitious youth, decided to leave Shiv Sena and float a new party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to fulfill his dream. He believes he has wide support in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai. However, he failed completely in establishing himself in the last assembly election and the civic body polls in the state. On the other hand, Uddhav managed everything correctly in Shiv Sena, the party without Narayan Rane, Chagan Bhujbal and now Raj Thackeray.
Raj has another quality in him; he admires Nazi dictator Hitler for his organizational skills and strong will power. On his 37th birthday in 2005, he said:
Leave aside his negative aspects like the barbaric annihilation of millions of Jews. There are several other things about Hitler, which any leader would envy. Hitler had everything. The one thing he did not have was the ambition to conquer the world. You can draw whatever conclusions you want from my remarks.
People are talking about Raj as a desperate youth leader who is ready to do everything to get a status of full fledged political leader in the state. He wants to remain in media discussion so he opts to criticize Chath Puja (famous festival of Bihar and UP) and Amitabh Bachchan. He knows it better that by targeting ‘Big’ things; he would automatically arrive in media limelight.
He sends goon to carry attack in media offices, to beat people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on streets, to disrupt press conference of other political parties, to hurl bottles in superstar’s houses, to beat the jobless examinees, he says Juhu molestation case happened on the New Year Day because people of Bihar and UP are living in Mumbai, He says no Maharashtrians can do such acts, he threatens Biharis to slap on their cheek every time, he admires Hitler and believes in behaving like Nazi dictator, he can’t win even civic polls but aiming to become the chief minister of Maharashtra or get the status of Bala Saheb in the state, he wants to become Hindu leader but abuses Chath Puja, the festival of Sun; he wants to reconstruct (Navnirman) Maharashtra but believes highly in regionalism at threatening extent. He aims to become a mass leader and becoming the leader of ‘goons’.
Migrants laborers are being target of separatists and militants in Border States in northeastern states, and in Maharashtra now, Thackeray is targeting them. Does Maharashtra really need this ‘Thackeray’ who believes in Goonda ‘Raj’?