Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief
Bal Thackeray Sunday trained his guns on Team Anna members Kiran
Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, terming them "a bunch of
worthless, selfish persons". He also hit out at ailing social
crusader Anna Hazare, raising questions on the source of finances
for his "five-star, corporate" hunger strike agitation in recent
months, in an interview in Saamna, the party mouthpiece.
"They go on hunger strikes for flimsy reasons, demand this and
force to do that … This is nothing but a 'political rape'. What is
going on in this country," Thackeray demanded.
Attacking Hazare, Thackeray wanted to know "What happened to the
much-tom-tommed 'Lokpal Bill'? Does the country really need it,
and will it serve any purpose?
"It will end up in vicious circles, committees will be appointed
for committees, corrupt would probe the corrupt, and in the
process, the common man will continue to suffer," he pointed out.
Referring to Team Anna members, the Sena chief said that they have
been cheating the government and it has been proved by the recent
Shanti Bhushan episode.
"They wear 'I Am Anna' caps, but they are headless…" he remarked
sarcastically on Team Anna.
Terming their acts as nothing but "a Bollywood filmy drama",
Thackeray questioned Team Anna members' credentials in carrying on
the anti-corruption agitation.
All this is going on because the central government is "weak and
lame" - "Who are (P.) Chidambaram or (A.K.) Antony? Do they
deserve to occupy such high posts? It has happened because of
using influence," he declared.
Thackeray said that these days it has become the "fashion" of some
people to go on hunger strikes and emerge "healthier" from the
exercise. "Is anybody bothered about the forced hunger that the
(malnourished) infants in the state have to undergo?"
The interview comes ahead of Thackeray's 86th birthday scheduled
to be celebrated Jan 23, barely a fortnight before crucial civic
elections across Maharashtra.