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Mumbai: After smearing ink on BJP ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni, Shiv Sena has decided to call off the protest against the book launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
The decision comes after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Speaking to the news agency, Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Shinde said, “Uddhav Thackeray spoke to the cheif minister and have decided that protest against Sudheendra Kulkarni will be called off.”
Earlier in the day, Sena activists allegedly smeared black ink on the face Kulkarni.
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The Sena leader also termed the attack as a ‘mild’ one and warned that until the ‘message is received’ such attacks will keep on happening.
“This is not ink, but the blood of our martyrs on his face. He should feel ashamed for siding with Pakistan’s ‘chamchas’. You cannot stop people as they have paint up hatred against Pakistan in their minds,” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
However, speaking to the news agency, Fadnavis had said, “For all foreigners, diplomats or foreign dignitaries who are allowed on proper Visa in our country it is responsibility of our government to provide them security. Hence Mr.Kasuri and the program will be provided total security.”
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However, stating that this doesn’t mean that they endorse all views expressed in the program, Fadnavis added, “No anti India propaganda will be tolerated through any such program and if found so the organisers would be held responsible.”
Kasuri is scheduled to attend the launch of his book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ at 5.30