Mumbai(ANI): Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena on Tuesday put a big poster opposite Sena Bhavan showing BJP leaders including PM Modi bowing before Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
The poster chiding the PM and others, said, “those who do dhong should not forget the day when their head used to bow before saheb.”
However, after mocking BJP, the Sena has removed the controversial poster.
Shiv Sena’s Rajendra Raut said, “We only put up posters to remember our old days. It is not to disrespect any political leader.”
“Today everyone is targeting Shiv Sena, Sainiks feel there should no alliance, but I leave that decision to leadership,” reported ANI quoting Raut.
Along with the Modi, the poster includes photos of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, LK Advani, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Raj Thackeray.
Reacting to the poster row, BJP’s Girish Vyas said, “If Shiv Sena thinks that we will treat Uddhav ji or Aditya ji like we treated Bala Sahab, then they are mistaken. In future, Aditya ji may bow in respect to Modi ji.”
Over the last couple of days, the rift between Sena and BJP have been widened on several issues starting from the beef ban in Maharashtra.
A day ago, indirectly referring to Shiv Sena’s attack on BCCI office and the ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni, Jaitley said, “Past few days have seen extremely disturbing trends where some people resorted to vandalism as an instrument to convey their views. Hope we can conduct debates in public space in a more graceful manner.”
Jaitley further added, “Incidents of intolerance are condemnable. In a democracy, there could be differences, but restraint should be exercised and vandalism should be criticised. No place for violence in a democracy.”
Whereas, hitting out at Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Sena had called him pro-Pakistan, after he blamed the latter for bringing the state a bad name due to the protests against former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri’s book launch in Mumbai.