The Shiv Sena supported Mehak Prabhu, the woman who displayed "Free Kashmir" placard during Sunday protest in Mumbai. It also hit out at former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for targeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece Saamana, today backed the woman who displayed "Free Kashmir" placard during the Sunday protest in Mumbai against the masked men’s violence at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.
"A Mumbaikar Marathi woman could understand the pain of Kashmiris. The opposition feels this is sedition. There can't be a dirtier example of irresponsibility," the Saamana editorial said.
"If the opposition and its supporters feel expressing you fearlessly are sedition, it is not good for them (opposition) and the country. The opposition has fallen flat on its face after the woman's clarification," the Marathi publication added.
It also hit out at BJP leader and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for targeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. "They attacked Chief Minister Thackeray and asked how this anti-national activity can happen right under his nose. The allegation was so frivolous that the opposition leaders made a mockery of themselves," the Shiv Sena tauntingly said.
The Shiv Sena, in power in Maharashtra at the head of an alliance including the Congress and the NCP, was criticised over the poster by BJP leader and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday.
"Protest is for what exactly? Why slogans of 'Free Kashmir'? How can we tolerate such separatist elements in Mumbai? Uddhav-ji, are you going to tolerate this Free Kashmir Anti India campaign right under your nose???" Mr Fadnavis had said in a tweet.