Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Terrorists had planned to carry out a blast at Matoshree, the home of Thackerays in 1989, forcing Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray to direct every member of the house to shift to a safer place for a few days, former Sena member Narayan Rane claims.
Sharad Pawar, who was the chief minister of Maharashtra then, called Bal Thackeray's youngest son Uddhav Thackeray and informed him about the threat, the BJP-backed Rajya Sabha member says
He also claims that Bal Thackeray was on the hit-list of Khalistanis, who had managed to find support in Mumbai.Mr Rane mentions these incidents in his memoir "No Holds Barred: My Years In Politics".On March 19, 1988, Bal Thackeray organised a press conference, where he circulated a questionnaire seeking assurances from the torchbearers of the Sikh community in the city that they had not been financing the movement's activities, Mr Rane says.
According to him, Bal Thackeray declared at the presser that if the Sikhs continued to fund extremism, he would ensure that they were socially and economically boycotted in the city.He says the Shiv Sena lost the Maharashtra legislative assembly elections in 1989, and the defeat put Bal Thackeray in an even more vulnerable position, since state security was controlled by the Congress.