Mumbai, Jan 7 :BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday got himself engaged in battle of wits with NCP leader and state Minister Jayant Patil over the 'Free Kashmir' placard displayed during the anti-JNU violence protest in Mumbai. "What a pity! Now separatist tendencies get a Government advocate.
"Jayantrao, this vote bank politics is not expected from you. Kashmir has already been freed from discrimination....," Fadnavis tweeted in response to a missive from Jayant Patil, NCP Maharashtra unit chief and Minister of Water Resources. Mr Patil had earlier written - "Devendraji, It’s 'free Kashmir' from all discriminations, bans on cellular networks and central control.
"I can't believe that responsible leader like you trying to confuse people by decoding words in such a hatred way. Is it losing power or losing self control?" Other BJP leaders also on Tuesday expressed concern at the 'Free Kashmir' placard displayed during anti-JNU violence protest in Mumbai on Monday evening. "Free Kashmir demonstrations at Gateway of India, Mumbai. This JNU demonstrations supported by Shiv Sena Congress NCP government. Minister Jitendra Awhad also participated," tweeted former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya. Mr Fadnavis also wrote -"...... certain curbs have been there since decades for security concerns.
Be it in the government or opposition, for us, the only principle is nation first". In another missive, former Maharashtra Chief Minister wrote: "Protest is for what exactly? Why slogans of “Free Kashmir”? How can we tolerate such separatist elements in Mumbai? ‘Free Kashmir’ slogans by Azadi gang at 2 km from Chief Minister's Office ?" He also slammed Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray saying - ".....are you going to tolerate this Free Kashmir Anti India campaign right under your nose?" BJP leader from Jammu and Kashmir Ravinder Raina also expressed concern at display of such posters which are 'against Kashmir and against India'.
Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said the 'Free Kashmir' should not be considered anti-national as the protestors were only registering their grievance on absence of mobile and internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir since August 2019. The woman, who carried a placard displaying 'Free Kashmir' in the protest at the Gateway of India in the metropolis has apologized on Tuesday as her act was 'misinterpreted' and kicked up a political storm.
A native of Mumbai, the woman identified as Mehak Mirza Prabhu claimed that her act was 'intended for peace in Jammu & Kashmir.' Mumbai police have said her actions have been taken note of. (UNI)