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Sena dumps its own editorial in 'Saamana' over Burqa ban demand

Thursday, May 02, 2019
By A Special Correspondent

Faced with flak from all quarters over its demand for ban on wearing Burqa in public places in an editorial in its party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ yesterday, the Shiv Sena wasted no time in dumping the editorial arguing that it was not the party’s official stand. The Sena, in an editorial in its party mouthpiece Saamana yesterday, citing action taken by Sri Lankan government post Easter Sunday terror attack in the island nation, argued that the Indian government should follow suit of the Sri Lankan government and impose ban on Burqa for the sake of national security.

The editorial was promptly slammed by AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and RPI-A leader and Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale who argued that all women who wear a ‘burqa’ are not terrorists.

In a statement issued here, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Sena terming it as ignorant. He said that the Supreme Court of India, in its judgment on privacy, clearly has laid down that the choice is now a fundamental right. Terming it as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), he urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take immediate note of it and further termed it as an attempt at polarization. Meanwhile, RPI-A president and Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale remarked that not all women who wear ‘burqa’ are terrorists. He further stated that it is a tradition and that women have right to wear it and added that there should not be any ban on ‘burqa’ in the country.

Reacting to criticism, Sena spokesperson Dr Neelam Gorhe remarked that the Sena’s party stand is decided at party meetings and is finally approved following the directive of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. She added that yesterday’s stand in the editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana had neither been arrived at after any debate or through any directive. Gorhe further termed it as a ‘personal opinion’ based on the current developments and does not constitute the official stand on the Shiv Sena.

The Sena mouthpiece Saamana in its editorial yesterday had argued that it had proposed this in the past. Drawing any analogy from the epic Ramayana, the editorial remarked that the ban had come from demon king Ravanas Lanka and questioned Prime Minister as to when will it be implemented in Lord Rams Ayodhya. The editorial further argued that if such religious practices or traditions interfere with national security then it must be ended immediately and Modi will have to do it now.

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