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Sushant Rajput death is BJP’s chance to finish brand Aaditya Thackeray, after Rahul Gandhi

BJP knows that in Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, a young, amiable face is emerging in Maharashtra’s politics.

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The tragic death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has given the Bharatiya Janata Party an opportunity it was looking for — to sully brand Aaditya Thackeray.

The BJP is applying the same model on the young Shiv Sena leader that it did for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi — show him as an entitled dynast who is more interested in partying than in the political affairs. It’s a different matter that Rahul Gandhi hardly needed any outside help to damage his image.

In Aaditya Thackeray, the BJP knows a young, amiable face is emerging in Maharashtra’s politics, someone who can be a lethal combination of Shiv Sena’s core hardline politics and his own moderate image. This ‘brand’ needs to be dented promptly and effectively.

And so, the act of pointing out that Maharashtra’s tourism and environment minister was attending a party allegedly thrown a night before Rajput’s death, a claim that Aaditya has lashed out at.

While most of the focus on the politicisation of the death of the young and talented Sushant Singh Rajput has been from the point of view of the upcoming Bihar assembly election, the bigger, and untold, story is what it can do to Aaditya Thackeray, even before his political career really takes off.

Also read: Sanjay Raut alleges conspiracy to link Aaditya Thackeray to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

Brand Aaditya

Aaditya Thackeray began his political career on a clean slate as far as his personal image is concerned, much like everyone else. The Thackeray surname is both an asset and a liability, depending on which side of the spectrum you look at it from.

For the more conservative, hardliner, Shiv Sena is an important medium, having built itself on first a regional (Marathi) chauvinism platform, and then on a hardcore Hindutva one. For the more progressive and inclusive voter, this is a big minus.

The young Thackeray, however, has been carefully trying to cultivate a moderate image, to emerge as this blend of what his party and family have stood for and what he wants to represent. His protest against the Aarey tree felling and standing with the ‘liberals’ of Mumbai city who wanted to protect the environment was very much a part of this plan. This made him popular and acceptable among the non-traditional Shiv Sena base.

Aaditya Thackeray played every bit the politician ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election — addressing rallies and touring Maharashtra extensively, something he replicated in the run-up to the last year’s assembly election as well.

Aaditya has spoken the language of the young, underscoring issues like opening up Mumbai’s nightlife, reforming higher education, and demanding physical space for artists.

Shiv Sena’s own electoral fortunes haven’t been the brightest in recent years, with the BJP smartly overtaking it in Maharashtra. It may have come to power this time, but not without a loosely tied, uneasy alliance with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Being the son of Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) and a minister at such a young age, this is Aaditya’s chance to build his brand and bring much-needed freshness to the Shiv Sena. Jagan Mohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh is proof of how the Gen-Next of politics can make a massive difference and expand base if they play their cards right.

For the BJP, therefore, this makes it crucial to deflate Aaditya Thackeray’s brand even before it can take off. And Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by alleged suicide brings just that opportunity.

Also read: Sushant Singh Rajput death gets more political, BJP slams Uddhav govt over cop’s quarantine

BJP’s plan is in motion

Former Shiv Sainik and now a senior BJP leader Narayan Rane openly accused the Maharashtra government of trying to “save someone” in the probe, while his son Nilesh has pointed fingers at Aaditya Thackeray.

Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand has questioned Aaditya Thackeray’s “silence”, asking whether he would side with justice for Sushant or the ‘conspirators’.

And then there are whisper campaigns that can cause as much harm to a politician’s image as public accusations.

The result? Aaditya was forced to respond to the insinuations.

“Those who are pricked by the success and popularity of the Maharashtra government have started dirty politics over the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Unnecessary mud slinging on me and the Thackeray family. This is nothing but dirty politics arisen out of frustration,” Aaditya Thackeray said in the statement.

Thackeray junior also said having friends in the Hindi film industry was no crime. The fact that the young politician had to issue a statement is a sign that the BJP has already succeeded in putting him in the dock and raising questions about him.

Of course it isn’t a crime or even remotely questionable to have friends in the glamour world. But by making Aaditya Thackeray admit to it, his rivals have sent out the message that he is less rooted among the grassroots and more enshrined in the glitzy world.

Also read: Bollywood actress with Aaditya Thackeray in viral image is not Rhea Chakraborty

The familiar model

For the BJP, young dynasts are an easy but key target. Easy, because it doesn’t take much to portray them as entitled, anglicised and airy-fairy, especially when the BJP itself has self-made and hardworking leaders such as Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

It is key, because these are young, bright politicians who show potential, and if they turn out to be diligent and not reluctant to get their hands grimy, they could even pose a serious challenge to what has seemed like the rise and rise of the Modi-Shah duo.

Rahul Gandhi is a classic example. His vacations, long absences, and his lineage have all been systematically and consistently targeted by the BJP’s top leadership, drilling into the voters’ mind how unfit he is to be a people’s politician. Sure, the Congress leader has more than done his bit to enable this. But no other politician’s brand has been damaged the way Rahul Gandhi’s has been by the BJP under Modi. ‘Naamdar‘ (the entitled) is what Modi calls him.

Also read: Shiv Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray takes lead role in govt matters & not all are pleased

Aaditya’s test

Modi and Shah’s BJP knows the significance of brands. And nothing gives the party more political satisfaction and comfort than shredding the brand of its rivals to pieces.

The new kid on the block is Aaditya Thackeray, and he is also the BJP’s new target. The politics around Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is a grim reminder of how India’s murky, convoluted and stinky political world spares no one and nothing  — not even a tragic end of a promising life — from being dragged into it.

For the Thackeray scion, this has hit as the proverbial bolt from the blue. What will determine Aaditya’s future trajectory is whether he plays it smart enough to emerge out of this image trap that has been laid out for him, or goes the way of another famous dynast who fell deep into it, and gets more embroiled in it with each passing election.

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  1. Pity and sympathies with the author of this articles. Rahul an Aditya brands? Can someone tell why journalists are writing only fictions these days?? My sincere advise, join some honest media house where you can really learn true journalism else your brand is finished before it exists.

  2. ..PR is on the big run..hahahaha we the lay knows all the reality ..do not fool us by writing such a one aided article…lol..hats off to ur intelligence. May justice prevail to SSR and Disha. Their sacrifice should not go waste. Amen!!!

  3. this is one of the boot licking medias in India.Dont try to fool people.Everything is cleaf like water.If you are thinking that writing a vast article manipulating and puting some masalas,people of india will be easily fooled? Dear print we know who is the owner of this media and his biased character also.I can’t imagine how you do this.Is there not a minimum level of dignity inside you.

  4. Print you will be left with no credibility after such articles. And you want people to contribute monitoryly for such clearly one sided articles? There is no hope for you nor the dynasts you are siding with .

  5. The reporting here is totally biased. If one knows to the core, he hasn’t done something wrong then there is nothing to worry about. Wrong investigations and evidence tempering is quite evident from the claims. It is really impossible to do such things without the aid of highly influential group of people. May the truth prevail and we get to learn the only truth.

  6. Wow!!! Amazing !!! So, should we forget these points
    1. Mumbai Police never showed interest in Sushant case even after public pressure. 2.Shivsena minister tried to say again and again it as a suicide.
    3. Police declared it as a suicide within 15 minutes on location.
    4. Postemortem done before COVID report arrived and also it done at midnight so that quickly on next day family could perform last rites
    5. Sushant was spiritual Person and also was looking for lot of opportunities and will just died suddenly one day
    6. Rhea and family used a lot more money of Sushant

    These are the points about poor investigation of Mumbai Police that take direct dig towards current maharashtra government.

    please, we know ‘The Print’ is left lobby news website and just promote propoganda everytime. And now once again, here, you are promoting sushant death against BJP as their Propoganda…Fk u

  7. Maharashtra govt has lot of answering if BJP has a chance Aditya has given them a chance …a true leader needs no defence…while wrong ones always needs propoganda like here…Murderers must all go to jail ideally but i doubt Aditya Thackeray will ever go as is the history of our nation no neta and beta will ever be sued or jailed…BjP and sena will have a handshake and Adityas name will be out of this…while the small fish will get arrested or maybe all will be free..Sushant and his family will never get justice

  8. Sushants 4 sisters who LOOTED Sushant Singh Rajput from 2008 – 2019 are responsibe for break-up of Live-in-relationship between SSR – AnkitaLokhande and SSR – Rhia as they always lived with SSR in his Mumbai Apartment and interfered in live-in-relationships daily which led Sushant Singh Rajput to take DRUGS and then commit suicide.Ankita Lokhande was in a Live-in-relationship with Sushant Singh Rajput…. Ankita ex- girlfriend sucked Sushants Money for 6 years 2009 – 2016 ……

    As per Mumbai Mirror dated 14 July 2015…Sushant Singh Rajput, will shift into his brand new home with girlfriend Ankita Lokhande by the year end, reports Mumbai Mirror ……..home will be equipped with an indoor theatre……this sprawling penthouse in Bandra’s Pali Hill which he has bought for a whopping Rs 20 crore.. …..

    This takes care of his Earnings as he charged Rs 5 Crores per movies

    Sushants sisters (1) Meetu
    (2) Sheweta
    (3) Priyanka

    They all sucked Sushants Money 2008- 2019…… Rhea came to the scene only in 2019…..

    Earnings of Sushant from TV to Movies ……
    (1) TV serial Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil – 2008
    (2) Pavitra Rishta (2009–2011)
    (3) Zara Nachke Dikha 2 – 2010
    (4) Kai Po Chi -2013
    (5) PK – Rajkumar Hirani 2014 (one of the highest-grossing Indian films)
    (6) Byomkesh Bakshy -(2015)
    (7) MS Dhoni -2016 …..the film earned him his first nomination for the Best Actor in Filmfare Awards
    (8) Rabta – 2017
    (9) Kedarnath – 2018
    (10) Chhichhore – 2019

    More you squeeze Sushat Sisters and Ankita Lokhande, the more will come out as they sucked all Earnings of Sushants Money from 2008 – 2019 before Rhea came in 2019

    Ria came in 2019 when there was hardly any Money in Sushant’s Account

    • ..PR is on the big run..hahahaha we the lay man knows all the reality ..do not fool us by writing such a one aided article…lol..hats off to ur intelligence. May justice prevail to SSR and Disha. Their sacrifice should not go waste. Amen!!!

    • Rhea abruptly left just one week before his death and blocked his phone. She got instructions from whoever planted her there.

  9. Not a single positive comment,I think that sums up what people think of Brand Aditya Thackrey,Bala Saheb after seeing the actions of his son and grandson would have just one thought in his mind “Kaash Us Raat Mai Jaldi Soo Gaya Hotaa” ,I feel sorry for Bala Saheb, Jai Hind,Jai Maharastra

  10. BJP has nothing to do with Sushant’s murder. The way Maharashtra Police is white washing the tragedy as suicide, point towards the involvement of some powerful politician, may be the one mentioned here, as he too has been close to Rhea. How can a single person smoothly take down a dead body hanging ?

  11. It is overestimating the role of media in making or marring a political leader. If media is so powerful as the author tried to argue I am sure Narendra Modi wouldn’t have elected as CM of Gujarat so many times and media darling Chandrababu Naidu shouldn’t have lost any election in Andhra Pradesh. So the damage media can do either to Rahul Gandhi or third generation Thakre are minimal but media can certainly take the leaders gaffes or misadventures to the masses effectively.

  12. Ruhi Tewary has done a very professional job to try and protect Mr. Aditya Thakarey. This is not journalism. This is propaganda. One sided articles always stink. Such articles prevent us from supporting The Print.

  13. I thought I will write a comment. But no need now. Most of you have said, what I wished to say about this missive.

  14. The simple fact is that Aditya Thackeray had a hand in murdering SSR. That he is young, upcoming. popular, etc. is besides the point. A murderer simply must be made to pay for his crime. And this is a double murder. SSR was killed just because he knew about Disha Salian’s murder. A long stint behind bars will do these Shezaadas a world of good and remove the wrong notions they suffer from that they are born to rule..

  15. Do you know the BIGGEST gift given by Maharashtra politicians (esp this penguin’s ancestors) and the Mumbai Police, to our country (by protecting, nurturing and making him grow into the HAUVA he has now become)? : Dawood Ibrahim. Ordinary people see everything. Only paid media does not.

  16. The print : printing from time memorial lol.
    I have been observing the pattern of the news that is being posted.You lot should be ashamed of anti-nationalism and malicious journalism. Get the hell out of our nation.

  17. Amazing story. A crook called Aditya Thackeray is a young and amiable youth leader? Puked after the opening line and did not read the rest. Don’t know of this os an entry for the most imaginative piece of fiction . My heart is bleeding for the central character. A young man whose blood the crowds are baying is a hallowed angel. This young man who has been a crook andvrabble rouser even as a student is actually people’s saviour! How my tears flow!

    • Absoulutely agree!

      Perhaps the writer has exposed herself by the ‘RaGa’ comparison…

      So now the BJP is to blame for these failed dynasts? Get a life! And give a miss to the current trend of BJP-bashing as the latest fashion statement!

  18. What is the most burning problem in India today? Clue: It is not covid 19, not the diminishing GDP or economy, nor massive unemployment or daily rape and murder of minors. Question is idiot proof. Hence no prizes for getting it right.

  19. Yes, yes the new virus (CBI) is entering Maharashtra today, Baby Penguin 🐧 all treatments have failed.

  20. There is not even an iota of truth in your article. I am not a BJP fan but can still see through your hollowness.

  21. Paid journalism.
    These people only unnecessarily keep posting star kids photos, saying so and so was found doing this and that.
    They can eat shit if elite people ask them to do soo.

    #TheprintCancer for india

  22. So far 66 comments. Only three are not against it. Doesn’t mean they liked, they just talk about how bad BJP is. Not how justified the article is, now how good AU Thakre really is. It’s time for “The Print” to hire some real journalists, who have views worth writing. This seemed like imaginative gossip. Even gossips are not this shallow, many times.

  23. And what is your problem? Why are you sounding so distressed??

    It is BJP’s right to deal with its opponents in any manner, within the four walls of law.

  24. Paid, how much money you got theprint from shivsena? Atleast do some respect of Journalism.

  25. Why my comments are disabled. Again sick people. Sick and scared journalism, Ruhi Tewari. SHAME ON YOU. AAAA THHHUUUUU…

  26. Seriously, is this Rhea C has asked for, shame on you Ruhi Tiwari, what a shit article you have written. SHAME ON YOU…

    • Rhea k chamche, what kind of Dumbo is your favourite Aditya Thakrey and double Dumbo like you, Ruhi Tewari writing this kind of bulshit, crap article. Get well soon. Shiv Sena is also becoming Congress in blindliness of son’s promotion.

  27. @ Ruhi and @ Shekhar Gupta – You guys just read the comments on this flaky article. Conscience much?

  28. As someone from Mumbai, I can confirm, he isn’t a recognisable face yet. Nor does one look at him as a leader, maybe as beneficiary but not someone who can hold his ground. How do you expect us to pay donation when your article holds no water..

  29. He is no one. He gave his law exam in front of me with body guards taking him in a seperate room of the exam center. How is he an amicable face? U r just against BJP. They try to link anything with BJP and write an article. Absolutely unrelated. Mumbai knows who is Adiya thackeray and young ones don’t rate him as a leader at all. Like his father.. he is also being forced on common man as a leader..

  30. Immature and corrupt journalism. Absolutely sold out. And when did AU become a brand? Is this still India?

  31. Ah here come the brain dead bhakts to defend bjp again. Go read opindia you stupid pieces of shit bhakts

  32. And these “Print”ers have the nerve to ask us to “pay” for this kind of journalism. They have fooled the readers with incorrect and destructive analysis for years and their ugliest act was during the loksabha elections… i wonder how people like shekhar gupta and his employees and friend- commentators live everyday through this much open faced lying… this much mud slinging on an elected government… negativity on every policy… bad words/paragraphs for everone except a few congresswalas and now this stupid dynast who they wanted to make chief minster before they cheated and backstabbed… wonder if this is what maharashtra’s people wanted… can only laugh at what they have allowed their state’s polity to become…

  33. What are his credentials to even be in the government. Yes you are right he is kinda Maharashtra Rahul Gandhi. Cover up or not that time will tell, but India must not accept such people to govern them, who have done nothing apart from being born in a family

  34. What are his credentials to even be in the government. Yes you are right he is kinda Maharashtra Rahul Gandhi. Cover up or not that time will tell, but India must not accept such people to govern them, who have done nothing apart from being born in a family.

  35. ND TV and Sekhar Gupta did not publish much as they were doing in JNU Cases. Yesterday night Ravish was reporting about Jamia University. These type of articles were expected from the media Cell of Tukde Tukde gang(NDTV,PRINT, THE WIRE,HW NEWS NETWORK). The Maharastra government was trying to destroy the evidences during this two months period. This Gandu Sekhar Gupta never was silent then. Please don’t present all the papus as the super brand. We all knows the credibility of Papus like Rahul Gandhi, Aditya Thakrey, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejwasi Yadav . We can publish better article then this, We do better Journalism then Sekhar Gupta.

  36. what do you guys think of Indian people?are we dumb as your brain?Shame on you.no matter how much you try Sonia sena is finished…let come the next election..

  37. Bloody hell, get your facts right you paid journalists. Shivasena and Adithya Thackeray has played so dirty and notoriously to cover up a case and here are their chamchas and chamchis penning for them.

    • The SHIV SENA HAS RISEN ABOVE HINDUTVA POLITICS AND WITH THE HELP OF NCP SLAMMED THE BJP. Its time to finish the BJP RSS from Maharashtra and return the great state to its people. We feed most of the revenue into the Central system. Without US Marathi Manus the center is poverty-stricken. Finished

  38. Why yo have so much of hatred for BJP? When the whole world know what is happening to SSR case. Maharastra govt is protecting someone by not allowing Mumbai Police to investigate it. Definitely a big power is working behind. You just wait and watch for few more days, truth will definitely come out and then you write the same article. Biased article.

    • The whole world does not care about the SSR case and about your Gomutra politics. But it cares about Mumbai. Mumbai police is the most efficient police force in the country and is not the pappu of the BJP. They are doing a good job. Thank God the corrupt see corrupt (except UP) police of Bihar police is not involved. Aditya — large raho bhai. India needs future leaders like you

    • Ms Ruhi,
      So many people are attacking you and you are not even replying to anyone if them? You are like a typical person who we call “dheed” only listen and don’t react like of person. I know silence is a best answer but in this situation you have poked us and you have to reply each and every user.

      Now let me talk about the word brand. Not a single person in this country is branded until you people “Media” hype each and every information like breaking news. You are responsible to make them branded. Who is Aditya Thakkery? What he has done in his 6 months + term? Mumbai streets are fucked up. Sion Dharavi road 100cr spent within 2 years go and see the condition of the roads. They had an opportunity to make Mumbai better in lockdown but no one was bothered to take initiative and it is obvious that BJP will target him and pressure him for Ssr case and you Media are responsible for all this.

      I am pray to God that this Government should dissolve ASAP and let the BJP take over the control.

      God bless India, God bless Maharashtra and God bless Mumbai. One small adv to you that stop playing around and respect your profession this not Journalism this is siting on ruling government lap and dancing on their tune. I sometime doubt that Thakkery duo are son and grandson of Balasaheb sir. Whatever Balasaheb did but he would always stand on his word and he would never ever joined hands with Cong and NCP.

  39. No wonder Journalism is no more looked up as a decent profession. Full of delusional out of sync people !!

  40. Ha ha ha.. nice paid article.. two murder and both cases where put as suicide and full support from shiv Sena for the culprits.. we will never vote for shiv Sena again.

  41. If BJp is trying to malign MH govt on Sushant Singh rajput case then why don’t they come clear on the case .. why is there so many discrepancy in the case ? Why not co operation nag with Bihar govt .. or is it MH gift trying to put blame on bjp

    • Oh Oh Oh Prasad — if she is an anti BJP troll, we are all happy. We need a million more like her. This BJP needs to be eliminated. the article is well written. The Print is good for independent journalism. Not Godo media

      • Well Magan Bhatt, don’t confuse “you need” with “we need”. You do not speak for the people of India, but for yourself!

  42. Really??? You are politcising his death? Nothing can be more worse then this. I believe the power of journalism is killed by The Print.

  43. Hello Shekhar sir,
    You still have time and energy to pick the writers who put out such articles.

    The whole issue is about Nepotism in the Film Industry.

    And this article is about how a “draconian” party is going to cannibalise emerging “Brand” – another 2nd or 3rd generation baby who wants to ride on his dad’s wave.

    Great sir

  44. Dirty BJP politics. BJP is hiding it’s failure of handling Covid 19 and Chinese aggregation. In order to divert media attention, BJP’S news prostitutes using death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

  45. Poohi is a CONGRASS journalist. Fact check

    1) EVEN If SHIVSENA AND BJP fight elections separately. They will still win enough seats to form coalition government later

    2) CONGRASS has been marginalised by SHIVSENA.

    3) Sharat POWER is marginalizing his nephew.

    4) poohi shouldn’t waste her time posing as a journalist .

  46. Seriously?
    Is this an article or a joke? Or were you paid by Aditya Thackerey to write this?
    Aditya Thackeray was a brand and so was Rahul Gandhi? Even insiders in Congress have now started admitting Rahul Gandhi is responsible for Congress destruction. People of India completely rejected that 50 year old “YUYA” stalwart of liberals. Who are these 2? What are their achievements? Congress was in power for 10 years from 2004-2014. What exactly did Rahul Gandhi achieve during that time? Shiv Sena was also a partner of BJP in power and now with Congress-NCP for an year. What is Aditya’s achievemet during these 6 years? Both are 0s!

  47. The way Maharastra Govt is trying to shield the killers looks like one of their own is involved. And who is close to the Movie industry and also own the govt. , link is obvious. No one but they themselves are trying to destroy his image. If he has any image.

  48. What prevents the Thackerey’s from accepting a CBI investigation. Obviously there are more questions and to secure their image it will be in the scheme of things to straight away accept CBI probe. The blogger has written all irrelevant matter.

  49. Targeting a particular opponent may benifit in short run, once it looses stream, long run it would not help.

  50. ha ha this bullshit Print was against Shiv Sena in past, now they are concerned about Aaditya Thackrey image, whom you are making fool??, Maoists

  51. Yes. You are right. Even my right wing IIT Powai friends have started linking Aditya Thackeray to every girl in Bollywood.

  52. We know very well how Thackeray’s have come to power betraying Maharashtra people’s mandate.Please do not fool more about young Thackeray’s leadership.Completely biased article.

  53. Aditya Thackeray will survive it and actually come back stronger. Sometimes time is the most important factor. And a lot of people are tired with this Sushant Singh and BJP saga.

  54. Shiv Sena recently chopped few trees in aarey colony…..junior has made head of some committee for national awards….how can he judge others work…when he himself has not done none…..it is total misuse of power….only differences it is done by father son duo

  55. What is brand “Aditya” when brand “Uddhav” itself is a joke?
    And the fact that Aditya Thackeray has just like pappu done no real work – nor taken any real responsibility is proof enough of his credentials.

    Further, the entire state has seem the Sham of this current Maharashtra Govt and it utterly failed governance with Covid running rampant and no sign of leaving Maharashtra despite 6 months of this coalition Govt.

    That in itself is enough advertisement for Brand Thackrey and brand Anda Govt.

  56. If SSR case was handed over to CBI on day one, it would have taken a turn of routine but independent investigation and any scope for rumor mongering, investigative journalism etc would have been nipped in the bud, By not doing it, the Government tied itself in knots as various incriminatory ‘evidences’ are surfacing daily. Further, alliance partners have washed their hands of the matter as well leaving Sena to defend the government. Aditya may be the casualty but why blame BJP when your own house is not in order.

    There is no need to comment on what Ruhi writes !!

  57. The print has become a spokesperson of congress. Not sure if congress has hired print for their image building and propagate false agenda against BJP.

  58. Don’t compare this guy to Pappu Ji.
    He has a lot to learn from Pappu Ji.
    Pappu Ji is the Ultimate Master.

  59. You are praising a goon like Thackre for selfish reasons, what respect do you have for the people of Mumbai?

  60. What rubbish are you spouting in the name of journalism? A city like Mumbai will thrive DESPITE goons you are praising. How do you live with yourselves?

  61. It would be best if Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena merge together and be one party . NCP s Shard Pawar can join his old colleagues at old age home called congress party, Shiv Sena may get assurance on continuation of Government under senior Udhav Thackerey , Congress may get one young face in Aditya Thackerey to give it a young Maratha leader the post which has fallen vacant since Sindhiya crossed over to new pastures . All these partners stand to gain some thing, loser May be Maharashtra Which does not matter to these self seeking , self-promoting politicians.

  62. Who decides that Aditya Thackeray has amiable face ? Who decides or who knows what he does at these parties ? Ruhi Tiwari ? My foot.

  63. What else can readers expect from died in the wool congress ideology follower Ruhi ? She has painted Aditya as some kind of star on the political firmament. Perhaps after realising that propping up Rahul day after day for last 16 years and trying to show him as a great heir to the PMs gaddi has proved futile, it is time to move on to someone young, relatively new and having key attribute of opposing the BJP. Moot point which Ruhi sidesteps is why Aditya Thackerays name is doing the rounds amd why has he issued a statement denying hia involvement ? Is it case of being guilty concious ? Seems certainly so. Surely there cant be smoke without fire. The way Maharashtra government led by his father Uddhav Thackery and Mumbai police are making all attempts to bury the truth in this case. So, to protect Aditya’s political future, death of guys like SS Rajput and a girl like Disha Salian can be glossed over. Why speak about it ? Then go and link this issue with Modi Shah. It also makes juicy read however fake it might be. Point is that the author sees no merit in involvement of the Thackeray scion and shows how easily these so called journos succumb to the crumbs that come by getting hitched to the powerful. But for a defiant Arnab Goswami, the bold Kangana Ranaut who have taken the establishment bull by the horn, this case would not have got much traction amd public interest as it has got now. Hope CBI unearths the truth and punishes the guilty.

  64. Shekhar Gupta why do you force your infantile views down our throats? Who is this upstart you are promoting so assiduously? It is only possible in a shamelessly soft state like India. Have the guts to paste my comments.

  65. Y is this young and amiable face.. Not taking Stand for catching hold of culprits behind SSR’s and Disha’s murder?

  66. That means you agree that Aditya Thackeray is involved. That doesn’t outrage you.You are more concerned of protecting his image rather than fixing the culprits. And you call this journalism. Samna must take clue from ThePrint on Sena-licking…

  67. To defend AT to such stretch and showing him as liberal is totally wrong. Remember, how he started his political career…and after that pure politics of opposing decisions of then BJP government. It was purely opurtunist. If you see, it’s AT who always tried to malign DF image n not otherway around. As a journalist you should not take sides but representative facts from both sides.

  68. Is it really possible to implicate someone in a death case and finish the brand WITHOUT PROOF ? It has been tried in the past and did not succeed.

  69. So called editor writes about Aditya thakte ignoring completely what kind of governance he has brought to Maharashtra. Any governance issue is inconsequential for these liberal editors. A simple transparent investigation in SSR death would have been adequate to silence critic and build the brand Thai writer wants to build. But no MH govt wants to hide or plain stupid. How you can claim that Aditya is bright blah blah.

  70. What potential are the next Gen dynasty having other than their grandpa’s image? Just because the entitled leader stood in Array and farted loud doesn’t make him a good leader.
    Maharashtra is having the highest number of Covid cases in India. A true leader would have gone out and done public service. However both the CM and Son won’t even care to go out of bedrooms AKS “Tigers Den”…

  71. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Thakrey IS an entitled dynast who is more interested in partying than in political affairs. He is very capable of sullying his image all by himself; there is no need for the BJP to do anything to assist him!!

  72. Sad how a party intoxicated in just the delight of power is frittering away the HUJE MAJORITY the electorate has given for two successive terms. This after decades of coalitions in which checks and balances of other partners have it own set of positives an negatives. But so far based on economic, employment, social, neighbour relations, borders and peace criterions the performance of the previous PMs from Narsimha Rao to Manmohan Singh have without a shred of doubt been far superior. The last six years have only been about division, strife, turmoil, failed promises, plunging economy, 45 year old record in unemployment, suppression of dissent and instructions. The tragedy, India as a country is in a freefall where even a Nepal shows its red eyes. Both alarming and sad because the powers that be do not agree and so choose to live in denial, thinking having the best minds working on upkeep of their brand value without any real substance will ensure power for eternity without a shred of the opposition around to even contest.

  73. Biased articles from The Print is no surprise anymore.
    We gets used to in websites and YouTube. EASY communist idiology. Good luck. Haha

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