MUMBAI: The brazen act of Shiv Sena workers of throwing ink on the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, Chairman of the Observer Reasearch Foundation, one of the organisers of the book launch of former Pakistan foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
Although, the Maharshtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis provided high security for the book launch event, he could not prevent the ink attack on the former aide of Pranab Mukherjee. (Also Read: Kulkarni hits out at Sena: “Na dhamki se, na bomb-bandook se, na goli se, baat banegi boli se”)
Uddhav Thackeray invited the attackers to his residence, Matoshree and personally met them.
Reports say that the attackers were rewarded by the Shiv Sena Chief, but there is no confirmation on it yet.
Regarding this meeting, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Congress Spokesperson said, “The signal which is clearly being sent across with an act like this is that the Shiv Sena though in power with BJP, refuses to follow the rule of law simply because BJP is totally incapable of enforcing law and order in Maharashtra.”
Commenting on BJP, she said, “It is an open defiance to the CM and we would want to know what does CM do in this regard and how against his own alliance partner?” (Also Read: The show must go on…: Sudheendra Kulkarni denies the cancelling of Pak minister’s book launch despite ink attack by Shiv Sena)
On being asked what message the Shiv Sena is trying to convey by honouring the attackers, Manisha Kayande, Shiv Sena minister expressed her aggression for Sudheendra Kulkarni and said, “What right do they have to call the traitors of the country, those who have massacred our Indians?”
By voicing such opinions the signal that Shiv Sena is trying to give here is that BJP has been unsuccessful in implementing law and order in the State of Maharashtra.