One of the strangest news items , I have read in quite some time .
Hindu right wing leader Bal Thackery asks Naxalites for support
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:59
Patil to examine Thackerays call for support to Naxalites
With Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray announcing that the party will seek the help of Naxalites in Maharashtra to counter the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism, it is feared that the Naxalite movement in the state will get a booster.
While addressing a party rally at Shanmukhananda Hall late last evening to celebrate 40 years of the Sena, Thackeray categorically instructed Shiv Sainiks to take help of the Naxalites to counter Islamic activities or jehadi terrorism which posed a serious challenge to Indias unity.
This has thrown the home department in a tizzy given the backdrop of growing Naxalite activites in Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and some part of Nanded. Thackerays statements are also likely to affect the morale of police officials who were attacked by various Naxalite groups in these three districts.
The home department has ordered the Anti-Naxalite squad to crackdown on their growing activities.
Now the home department officials are in a fix whether to go ahead with the earlier directives or wait for fresh instructions.
When contacted, Deputy Chief Minister R. R. Patil said this morning, I have not yet examined the Sena supremos statement. But the government is firm on its decision to crackdown on Naxalite activities. The law will take its own course in spite of much political pressure.
It will be interesting to see their reaction but they will mostly be wary of the old Lion Bal Thackery.
Is Bal Thackery trying to hitch a ride onto a political idea that is going
to reshape the whole of south asia ?
Will they snub him or will they just ignore him ?