Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shiv Sena attacks Narendra Modi for \'appeasing\' Muslims

In a veiled attack on Gujarat chief minister and the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, the Shiv Sena alleged that all parties were trying to project themselves as a messiah of Muslims, and attempts were being made to ensure the visible presence of burqa-clad women at public meetings.

"For the sake of power, issues like the Ram Temple (at Ayodhya) and the uniform civil code are being kept aside and special attempts are made to ensure that women wearing burqas are visible at public meetings," said an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna, which is edited by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and has Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut as the executive editor, on Wednesday. The editorial alleged that instead of doing away with this practice which is associated with the Congress, political parties were trying to appease the minorities.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh had alleged that 10,000 burqas were purchased to show greater Muslim presence at Modi's rally at Bhopal in September. It also lashed out at Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar for his comments that the religious minority in India decided the political majority. It pointed to how Aiyar, during his tenure as the union petroleum minister, had asked for the removal of a plaque containing the quotations of Hindutva ideologue Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
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