Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Tuesday claimed that even though Bal Thackeray's criticism of Sachin Tendulkar inspired backlash from political leaders across the country, it found the support of Maharashtrians, reports said.
The Shiv Sena supremo in his Monday editorial had slammed batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for calling himself an Indian before being a Maharashtrian.
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"Balasaheb gave a loving fatherly advice to Sachin for his comments that Mumbai is for everyone. The whole country, however, has overreacted. While the political leaders bowled several no balls while criticising, citizens of Mumbai and Maharashtra endorsed the Sena chief's advice. Balasaheb's reaction is one that speaks of his loyalty for Maharashtra. Maharashtrians have said that Balasaheb's reactions is right for the Marathi manoos and Maharashtra," Times Now reported quoting a Saamna editorial published Tuesday.
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Earlier on Monday, Thackeray's editorial read: "You (Sachin) have played like a king and become a multi-millionaire, no one has issues with that. But at a press conference, you said you are proud of being Marathi but are an Indian first. This has hurt Marathi people."
"He has hurt the Marathi Manoos sentiments. Sachin should just take care of cricket and stay away from politics. When Marathis shed their blood for Mumbai you weren't even born," he added.
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Replying to a question at a press conference here on Saturday, Sachin had said, "Mumbai belongs to India. I am a Maharashtrian and proud to be a Maharashtrian, but I am an Indian first".
The BCCI reacted to Thackeray's comment saying such a comment was completely uncalled for. "Shiv Sena's comment is completely uncalled for. Whoever said this should be brought to book," BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said.
Thackeray's comment also invited criticism from several political leaders including Laloo Prasad Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Shashi Tharoor, Salman Khursheed and Nitish Kumar.
"First Balasaheb criticised Marathi people for not voting for Shiv Sena. Now he is criticising someone who is not just a Maharashtrian icon, but a national and an international one. I think this just shows the Shiv Sena's desperation in trying to outdo the MNS," said The Telegraph quoting a Mumbai resident.