Rashmi Thackeray’s insult or Rabri Devi?

Amazing politics is happening in Maharashtra. Bharatiya Janata Party’s social media cell chief Jiten Gajaria compared state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s wife Rashmi Thackeray to former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi. Shiv Sena leaders are furious over this and are calling it an insult to Rashmi Thackeray. Think, how is it an insult to compare Rashmi Thackeray to the first woman chief minister of a big state like Bihar and a woman politician with a spotless political life? It is certainly that Rabri Devi was less educated, but she was the Chief Minister of Bihar for almost eight years and except for the first few days, she did politics diligently and ran the government.

Still, the Shiv Sena leaders and the state police administration do not accept that anyone compares Rashmi Thackeray with Rabri Devi. Actually Jiten Gajaria had posted a photo of Rashmi Thackeray by writing ‘Marathi Rabri Devi’. Since then, there has been an uproar in entire Maharashtra. The police filed a case against him and after four hours of interrogation from Gajaria in Pune, the police released him. When it felt that he could not be arrested in this case, then on the pretext of another post, efforts are on to arrest him by setting up a case for posting inflammatory content on social media.

Kishori Pednekar, the leader of Shiv Sena and Mayor of Mumbai, became so angry that she told Gajaria a lot. Mayor of Mumbai said- Who is Jiten Gajaria? He switched from NCP to BJP like a kangaroo and today he is making such derogatory remarks about the women of Maharashtra, about Rashmi Bhabhi! In response, BJP’s Ram Kadam, instead of criticizing Kishori Pednekar’s remark, said that the police did not take any action when a minister in the Maharashtra government had made derogatory remarks about Hema Malini. That is, even in the eyes of the BJP, this comparison is an indecent remark!

Think, this is about the upper caste and cosmopolitan mentality! It is considered derogatory and indecent to compare the wife of a backward caste woman from a backward state, who is not facing any charges and who has been the Chief Minister of Bihar for eight years. Actually this is not an insult to Rashmi Thackeray, but to Rabri Devi, which was done by a BJP leader first, then Shiv Sainik and BJP people are doing it together. Surprisingly, all the leaders of Bihar are also keeping silent. The Thackeray family is also not saying anything, while late Bal Thackeray’s father Prabodhankar Thackeray himself wrote that his ancestors had left Bihar and reached Maharashtra.

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