Mumbai, Oct 13: Ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena lashed out at Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, accusing the BJP leader of adopting a pro-Pakistan approach. Reacting to Fadnavis’ criticism of the manner of protest adopted by the Hindutva outfit against former Pakistan minister KM Kasuri’s book launch, Sena said, “The Maharashtra chief minister is taking a pro-Pakistan stand. Our protest was on behalf of brave Mumbaikars who would not tolerate nation’s enemies on our soil.”
Devendra Fadnavis had slammed Shiv Sena following Kasuri’s book launch on Monday, accusing the far-right political group of degrading the goodwill of the state among foreign investors and shunning the prospects of attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) through such acts. Responding to the statements of Fadnavis, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “He is saying that we have brought disrepute to the nation. But it is actually the chief minister himself who has defamed the state by disrespecting the martyrs.” (ALSO READ: No Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation polls)
“Taking a stand against Pakistan is not a crime. We cannot tolerate those who are responsible for beheading our soldiers. Chief Minister, instead deployed police force to protect Pakistani and his agents,” Raut added.
Kasuri’s book launch in Mumbai turned into the latest point of contention between the alliance partners – Shiv Sena and BJP. While Fadnavis ensured that a Pakistani dignitary is allowed to be part of a programme scheduled to launch his much-awaited book – ‘Neither a hawk nor a dove: An Insider’s account of Pakistan’s foreign policy’, Shiv Sena trained all its guns to prevent the book-launch.