Mumbai, October 12: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani, on Monday condemned the alleged attack by Shiv Sena members on BJP member Sudheendra Kulkarni. Advani said that the attack is against the spirit of democracy. The former Minister for Home Affairs, also said that of late, incidents of intolerance have increased. Advani’s statements come in the wake of an ‘ink attack’ on Kulkarni, wherein black ink was thrown at Kulkarin’s face, outside his house. Kulkarni alleged that the attack was by Shiv Sena cadres and was aimed at intimidating him for organising book launch of former Pakistani minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book, ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’. Also Read: Sudheendra Kulkarni assault: It is time to stop Shiv Sena brand of politics
The book launch was scheduled to take place at 5.30 pm on Monday. The book’s Delhi launch saw the presence of prominent politicians including Advani himself and former Prime Minister and Congress member, Manmohan Singh. The Shiv Sena has justified their actions saying that they are going to treat everyone who is Pro-Pakistan as such. Earlier in the week, the party had also protested against the concert of veteran Pakistani ghazal singer, Ghulam Ali. Consequently, Ali had not been able to perform in Mumbai and the issue had been much hyped and debated about. Monday’s attack was justified by Sena with the same logic that they had used for cancelling Ali’s concert, saying that India should not maintain any sort of ties with Pakistan, until it stops nurturing terrorism against India.