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Bal Thackeray, Anna Hazare in war of words
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had termed Hazare's anti-corruption movement a joke.
Mumbai: Bal Thackeray was locked in a war of words on Friday with Anna Hazare who was warned not to indulge in 'enmity' and pick up a fight after the Gandhian mocked Shiv Sena chief's old age.
"You are younger to me. This childishness does not behove you," Thackeray(85) said after the anti-corruption crusader riled the Sena supremo over his remarks at the Sena's annual Dussehra rally in Mumbai on Thursday.
During his speech, Thackeray had termed 74-year-old Hazare's anti-corruption movement a 'joke'.
"Anna, corruption will not end in this country. Big fish are involved in this. Your net will get torn, but these fish will not be caught," he said.
Responding to the Sena chief's remarks, Hazare had mocked Thackeray's growing age.
In a statement issued in Mumbai on Friday, Thackeray said, "we can give a befitting reply to what Anna has said, because we are not Gandhian. Because you mentioned my rising age, let me tell you that you are younger to me and this childishness does not behove you."
"Don't unnecessarily have enmity with us," Thackeray warned Hazare.
Thackeray on Thursday took potshots at Hazare saying his 13-day fast in Delhi in September looked like a "five-star" event.
"It was a five-star fast...Do not make a mockery of (issue of) corruption," he said.
"Anna, you are trying honestly to fight corruption, but the corruption would not go away this way..." Thackeray had said.
He referred to the huge arrangements at the fast venue, Ramlila Ground in Delhi, including the arrangement for "meals for 35,000 people".
Reacting to the remarks, Hazare told reporters in Ralegan Siddhi that "whatever he (Thackeray) felt right, he said. We will do whatever we think is right".
One should have the power to "bear insults", he added. The Sena had supported Hazare's anti-graft agitation earlier, and Thackeray's grandson, Aditya, had met the Gandhian during the fast.