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Shiv Sena slams Gadkari for ‘appealing to Muslims’
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 10:53 PM IST
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BJP chief Nitin Gadkari had “insulted” supporters of the Ram Janambhoomi movement by appealing Muslims to help Hindus in building a temple at Ayodhya, said Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray on Saturday. “Appealing to Muslims is an insult to hundreds of kar sevaks who became martyrs during the Ram temple agitation,” said Thackeray said in an editorial in his party newspaper Saamna. The editorial is the second time the BJP and Shiv Sena, allies for over 20 years, have disagreed over their Hindutva ideology. He made a “sincere appeal” to BJP that it should stick to the Hindutva ideology. “The Prime Minister of this country says Muslims have the first right over India’s resources and 80 crore Hindus tolerate it meekly. Muslims have everything and Hindus don’t even have their Ram temple. Things have come to such a level that Hindus have to plead to Muslims (to allow Ram temple),” Thackeray said. “Gadkari has appealed to Muslims. Exactly to whom has he appealed because the leadership of radical and jehadi Muslims is no longer in India but in Pakistan, where terror outfits wield the remote, dictating Muslims in India what to do and how to behave,” the Sena chief, who belongs to Gadkari’s home state, said. Thackeray said: “if permission of Muslims is to be sought for building the Ram temple, why was the temple agitation launched in the first place? “Hindus could have fallen at the feet of the Imam of Jama Masjid and got a piece of land for Ram temple. It was easily possible. But Hindus have shed blood for the Ram temple,” he said. Weeks ago, Thackeray had criticized Gadkari for saying that Mumbai belongs to all Indians. Shiv Sena leader Madhukar Sarpotdar dead Senior Shiv Sena leader and two-time MP Madhukar Sarpotdar, who was convicted for making hate speeches during 1993 Mumbai riots, died here Saturday after a cardiac arrest. He was 77. According to a party office bearer, he had been admitted to Hinduja Hospital four days ago following severe chest pain and died Saturday afternoon. Sarpotdar was elected twice to the Lok Sabha from Mumbai North-West constituency, once represented by the late actor-politician Sunil Dutt and now by his daughter Priya Dutt. Sarpotdar’s son Atul is a senior leader with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena floated by Raj Thackeray, the estranged nephew of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Senior Shiv Sena leaders besides legislators and parliamentarians have started arriving at the Hinduja Hospital to pay tribute to the departed leader. Caption: DRIFTING ALLIES: Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray picks on BJP president again.

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