Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who opposed the Ghazal concert which was to be held in Mumbai, has now agreed to sing Ghazals himself for all those who have paid for the tickets of Ghulam Ali concert.
Speaking to Faking News the party chief said, “I would like to clarify my party’s stand on this issue once and for all. I am not against Ghulam Ali in fact I am also a fan of the singer. I am against Pakistan’s support to terror activities. But, I know a lot of people have already purchased tickets for the concert, so for the benefit of those people I have agreed to sing Ghazals myself.”
Sena leader Sanjay Raut added, “Uddhav saheb is a very good singer and has been singing since his college days. Very few people are aware about this side of his personality. He is very passionate about photography and singing and has given many stage performances also.”
Many of those who were disappointed with the cancellation of the show are now hoping that Uddhav Thackeray’s performance will be worth their money.
However, Cousin Raj Thackeray has advised Uddhav to reconsider his decision. “Tomorrow the party may oppose New Years concert by a celeb. Do you expect Uddhavji to perform there too?” he asked our reporter in his trademark style.
Meanwhile, BJP was critical of Shiv Sena chief’s offer to sing. “We know Uddhavji through his performance will take potshot at us again. He will use Ghulam Ali’s ghazal ‘Chupke Chupke raat din ansoo bahana yaad hai’ point out how Shiv Sena found itself isolated after elections. Also, ‘baatein jhooti baatein hai’ will give him a chance to criticize us on not keeping the promises made before elections.
Although, BJP has said that the show venue can be changed from Mumbai to Delhi there were reports that some ‘ban-loving’ groups were already protesting against Ghulam Ali’s entry into India.
“Ghulam anagrams to Mughal and we cannot let him set foot in the country after what Mughals did to our country,” said an activist belonging to one such group as he raised slogans against the singer.