New Delhi: Shiv Sena’s proposal for a ban on burqa has raised the hackles of Asaduddin Owaisi who called it a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in force for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. (Also read: Not All Burqa-clad Women Are Terrorists, Says Athawale)

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief said, “Shiv Sena is ignorant. The Supreme Court judgement on privacy clearly lays down that choice is now a fundamental right. It’s a violation of the MCC, I request EC to take immediate note of it. It’s an attempt to polarize (voters).”

Meanwhile, BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur said, “I think the country should come first…If our democracy is at risk, we should relax some of our traditions”. She added, “During frisking at airports, nobody objects. ”

Earlier, Sena had, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, advocated a ban of the burqa. Citing the example of Sri Lanka, which banned all sorts of face-covering veil following the Easter Sunday attacks in the island nation, Sena asked, “the country of Raavan has imposed the ban, then why can’t it be implemented in a country like India, which is the country of Ram?”

It must be noted that even Hindu Sena outfit has called for a ban on the burqa. In a letter to the Home ministry, it said, “Please impose a ban on full-face covers and dresses like burqa and niqab at all public places and inside government and private institutions. These kinds of head coverings enable terrorists to hide their identity from CCTV cameras and other surveillance measures in place. Sri Lanka has already implemented this policy.”