CHAVAN: This is the Golden Jubilee of Maharashtra… It’s sad that on such a pavitra (holy) occasion only Congress party is present… I have with me the Head of Maharashtra Congress (Manikrao Thakre) as well as Mumbai Congress (Kripashankar Singh)… Where are other parties? How come those who express their "love for Maharashtra" are absent?
THACKERAY: His father “picked up the shoes” of Sanjay Gandhi during a rally @ Shivaji park (in the 70s)… such a person should not teach us about “love for Maharashtra”!
3M is amused that the CM finds this occasion “Pavitra”… has he forgotten in whose memory the Hutatma Memorial has been erected? Let’s refer the 3Mpedia… Once upon a time there was a ‘Bombay State’ in India with the city of Bombay as its capital. The state had parts of current day Sindh, Gujarat, Western Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka. When Linguistic States were planned a demand for ‘Samyukta Maharashtra’ came up… a single Marathi speaking state carved out from Bombay State, Hyderabad State (Marathwada) and Madhya Bharat (Vidarbha). In the city of Bombay, the Gujarati community dominated the local Congress unit and pressed for a separate ‘City State’. Large scale protests (some of then violent) under the auspices of Samyukta Maharashtra Chalwal erupted across the state. Morarji Desai, the then CM of Bombay State, asked the police department to crack down heavily on the protestors… which lead to 105 deaths! These 105 people are venerated at Hutatma Chowk as Martyrs who ensured a unified Marathi state. Ironically, the party which has blood on its hands of these 105 people is paying tribute to them half a century down the line!
Instead of taking on Chavan by presenting the historical perspective, Raj Thackeray preferred to make personal attacks on the CM… what a wasted opportunity!