Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray was addressing a group of ‘Ganesh Mandals’ in Mumbai on Tuesday. Taking a dig at the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the wake of recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Thackeray said that gaurakshaks should be sent to Kashmir to fight terrorists.
The Indian Express quotes Thackeray saying:
Should I now believe that instead of grenades and arms, if beef was found in the bags of these terrorists, not a single one of them would have escaped. We have this entire farce around gauraksha and gaurakshaks. Why don’t you send these rakshaks to take on the terrorists.
The Ganesh mandals are offended with the state administration imposing restrictions on the manner in which the annual Ganesh festival should be celebrated, including the limits imposed on sound.
Commenting on the matter, Thackeray said:
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We are heading towards darkness. Festivals are small moments where we forget our troubles. But if you start imposing such restrictions trust me the Sena will not allow you to be in peace.
Referring to the attack on pilgrims returning from Amarnath Yatra, Thackeray claimed that Hindus are being targeted in the country.
Shiv Sena has asserted that in order to control the terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the government should do more than just lip service.
Sanjay Raut, a Shiv Sena Member of Parliament alleged that the attack was on the entire country. He claimed that back in 1996, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had tackled similar threats on pilgrims of Amarnath by threatening to interrupt flights from Mumbai to Haj. According to Raut, this single threat made sure that there were no casualties in people going for Amarnath Yatra that year and asserted that similar stand should be taken now.
Later during the day, Uddhav Thackeray claimed that the party is still capable of execute Bal Thackeray’s threat.