Mumbai. In the first ever instance of its kind where he has apologized for something he said or did, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has expressed deepest regrets after he accidentally threatened and abused himself during an election rally. His party MNS has termed the incident as a momentary lapse of memory by Raj Thackeray in the heat of the moment, and has accused the media of giving undue importance to a small incident.
The incident happened in Pune where Raj Thackeray was addressing an election rally. Raj brokered the issue of outsiders vs. insiders again and swore that no one would be allowed to exhibit and flaunt their own culture and language on the Marathi soil. He declared that if MNS came to power, all the cultural events and other public activities would be tracked and tallied, and it would be made sure that 91.7% of all such events were by the Marathi Manoos, for the Marathi Manoos and of the Marathi Manoos.
“Marathi art and culture must be respected and promoted. We are culturally rich and don’t need ugly Hindi movies and music to entertain ourselves. We don’t even need those vulgar English songs and dances. No bastard will be allowed to invite weird characters like Michael Jackson on Marathi soil and make a dirty display of foreign culture. We will cut the arms of such persons and throw them into the Arabian Sea.” Raj roared as his supporters clapped over the arrival of the new cultural policy.
But little did Raj and his supporters realize at that time that MNS chief had almost just threatened and abused himself. Michael Jackson’s concert in Mumbai was organized by Shiv Udyog Sena in 1996, and it was none other than Raj Thackeray, then a member of Shiv Sena, who had formed Shiv Udyog Sena. So did Raj Thackeray just call himself bastard and threatened to cut his own hands?
Such deep insulting insinuations towards their respected leader made the MNS workers go wild with rage. They avowed to avenge the insult and set out to bash up the person who had insulted Raj Thackeray, even if it happened to be Raj Thackeray himself in this bizarre case.
“MNS workers are like Salman Khan in Wanted, who had said – ek baar jo maine commitment kardi, uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta (if I get into a commitment, I won’t even listen to myself to break it) – the same way, once the MNS workers decide to bash up someone for insulting Raj Thackeray or Marathi Manoos, no power on earth can stop them from carrying out the act.” an MNS leader told on conditions of anonymity.
Fearing getting bashed up by the MNS workers, Raj Thackeray decided to apologize for his remarks, and termed it as a ‘creative mistake’. Raj is also a cartoonist like his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray and considers himself a creative person.
“Creative people are bound to commit mistakes. A few days back Karan Johar had made a mistake, now I happened to do it. It’s a small incident misinterpreted and blown up by the Hindi media. But still I apologize to my workers and to the people of Maharashtra if they are hurt.” Raj clarified, after which MNS workers decided to forgive him and forget the incident.