13 April, Mumbai
The controversial editorial in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna demanding revocation of voting rights of Muslims has met with sharp and vigorous criticism from different political parties.
An editorial in Saamna yesterday criticized Owaisi brothers of All India Majlis-e-Ittihadul-Muslimeen, MIM party and went a step ahead in demanding revocation of voting rights of Muslims to stop vote-bank politics.
The demand posed by Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece editorial has been strongly condemned by Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and MIM.
Congress said these observations are aimed at dividing society and are unacceptable. Party leader Anand Sharma said, these observations deserve to be condemned. He said, India belongs to all and every citizen of this country enjoys the same fundamental rights.
The Samajwadi Party castigated the remarks, saying it was aimed at creating enmity between various communities and demanded that the government initiate legal action against them. It said, those who do not believe in the Constitution have no place in the country and should leave it.
The Aam Aadmi Party has condemned Shiv Sena for the controversial article in Saamna, in which its editor and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has made suggestion of withdrawing voting right from the Muslim community.
It said, the article is clearly aimed at seeking cheap publicity and spreading hatred between communities. The Party also demanded immediate arrest of Sanjay Raut after registration of a criminal case against him and the Shiv Sena.
MIM MLA from Aurangabad Imtiyaz Jalil said that Shiv Sena is upset as it has fielded candidates for civic polls in Aurangabad from many wards including from its own bastions.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has clarified its position saying that the party is against appeasement politics and the violation of fundamental rights of Muslim women. Speaking to a news agency in Mumbai yesterday Sena MLC and spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said the article does not want Muslims’ voting rights to be taken away.