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Rahul is Sena’s latest target
Invites ire for favouring north Indians in Mumbai

Tribune News Service

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The Shiv Sena has called for a ban on Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming release, ‘My Name is Khan’, after the actor refused to apologise for his comment on Pakistani cricketers being kept out of IPL-3. Former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi said the party would not allow any of Khan’s movies to be screened in Maharashtra till he apologised. His comments came shortly after the actor told television channels that he stood by his statement on Pakistani cricketers.

Mumbai/Patna/New Delhi, February 2
After taking on Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Mukesh Ambani, the Shiv Sena and its offshoot, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena today launched an offensive against Rahul Gandhi for his comments favouring entry of north Indians to Mumbai.

Both parties attacked the Congress general secretary for his remark in Patna chiding the Sena for ignoring the sacrifices made by the commandos from north India who lost their lives during the Mumbai terror attacks.

“Ask Rahul Gandhi who was responsible for the 26/11 attack. It was because of the failure of their government that the terrorist attack took place,” Shiv Sena spokesperson and Saamna editor Sanjay Raut said. He also accused Gandhi of trying to divide soldiers of the Indian Army on regional lines.

The MNS went a step ahead and demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi for his remark. “Rahul Gandhi has insulted the memories of the 17 Mumbai policemen who lost their lives in the terror attacks,” MNS general secretary Shirish Parkar said.

Addressing an audience during his two-day tour to Patna, Rahul Gandhi had expressed resentment over the ‘Mumbai for Marathis’ campaign of Shiv Sena and MNS. He said he and his party were of the firm belief that India belonged to each and every Indian and no one had the right to stop them from going or working in any part of the country, including Mumbai.

Praising the people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for their contributions in building states like Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra, the Gandhi scion said he would not remain silent if the people (of Bihar and UP) were humiliated or attacked in any part of the country.

Rahul, who is likely to visit Mumbai on February 5 in connection with Youth Congress’ membership drive, also defended his party’s regime in Maharashtra, saying the state government had always taken strong action against elements who had attacked people from north India and would continue to act “very-very strongly” on such matters in future as well.

Refusing to be drawn into any controversy over the remarks of Thackerays and the Shiv Sena on him, the Congress leader said he was not interested in knowing their views on such issues as every one was free to have his own view, but he would not tolerate any act of vandalism or humiliation against the non-Maharashtrians in Mumbai.



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