EVEN AS Mumbai kept burning for last three days, Raj Thackeray, the patron saint, who claims to have special rights to protect the interests of the Maximum city ’Mumbai’ has kept surprisingly silent.
What has shocked the people is the silence being maintained by the MNS chief, who is ready to fight it out on the streets over petty issues. The least that was expected from Thackeray was to come out and speak against the terror and stand with the victims.
But where is Raj Thackeray? No one knows, not yet.
His stand against the migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over protecting the interests of the Mumbaikars has forced people to ask questions. They want to know where is Raj Thackeray now.
Angry SMS messages are doing the rounds in the country over the conduct of the MNS chief as well as on blogs people are asking ’where is Raj Thackeray?’
A particular popular message says, “Please forward Raj Thackeray’s phone number, if you have it. Don’t know where he is when you need him. We want to him to go and save Amchi Mumbai along with his MNS hoodlums. The sons of the soil! Army NSG commandos are not Marathi Manoos. Why should they fight or lay their life for Mumbaikars…?”
Taking a dig at the MNS chief Thackeray, who has made life very difficult for the huge migrant population in Mumbai, this SMS makes it very clear that people want an answer from him.
Jagannath, a software engineer, said that Thackeray should have come out with his men and take on the terrorists. “Leaders like Thackeray can torment only innocent and poor people but when the real challenge comes up they just vanish from the scene,” he said, adding, “I want to ask him why he is silent and has not tried to make even a statement against the terrorists.”
Another message doing the rounds in Delhi said, “Where is Raj Thackeray now? Tell him that 200 NSG commandos from Delhi being sent to fight the terrorists. So that he can sleep peacefully in Maharashtra….Please send across….”
A Delhi resident, Satender Kumar, whose cousin works in Mumbai said that it is a strange that MNS workers and leaders did not come out to save their city, while they do not hesitate to hit out against their own countrymen. “I want to ask Raj Thackeray to come out of the hibernation and tell the people what he has been doing for the last three days as Mumbai burnt. Are they capable of beating and threatening only innocent people?” he quipped.
The anger is palpable in Mumbai as well and it is not against Thackeray alone but all the rabble rousing politicians, who play with sentiments of the people. Another Mumbai resident on Skype, who identified himself as ’PAPA’, when asked about Raj Thackeray said, “He must be watching TV,” adding sarcastically, “Ask him and also check on the web.
Another angry citizen has put an interesting post on his blog which says, “Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been reported as missing by the citizens of Mumbai for the last 3 days. Here is a description:
Raj Thackeray is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (Maharashtra Renaissance Party), which is a regional party in the state of Maharashtra in India. He is especially known for his constant tirade against North Indians residing in Maharashtra. He has led several “violent” movements to ensure Mumbai is freed from North Indians. He is about 5 ft 5 in height and wears glasses.
It has been three days since Mumbai has been under siege from terrorists. Mumbai has yet to hear anything from this self-proclaimed savior of the city and the caretaker of the “Marathi Manoos”.
And yet, Raj is missing.
Help Mumbai today to find Raj Thackeray. He is missing when his city needs him the most!