On Valentine Day this year, the main target of shiv sainiks are likely to be
pubs and discotheques across the city.
Just like every year, Sainiks have started attacking shops displaying
Valentine Day cards and gifts. But this year, the focus would be pubs,
favorite hang-out of the youth on V-Day.
According to a Bhartiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) member, “All sorts of things happen at pubs on this day. This is not our culture and if we come to know about anything vulgar happening in pubs and discotheques, we will surely go and stop them”.
On Tuesday, V-Day cards were removed and torn from shops in areas around
Dadar, a Sena stronghold.
At Rose collection, near Kirti college, sainiks led by Pradeep Sawant, BVS in-charge of Dadar approached the shop with sena activists and started tearing greeting cards. "Most of the cards that were isplayed had photos with lewd gestures and messages. But, the shopkeeper himself removed the cards after our protests," said Sawant.
He also said that on Wednesday, members of BVS would be in colleges urging students not to celebrate V-Day. "We are meeting principals of various colleges and asking them to refrain from allowing students to celebrate Valentine day," he said.
According to Abhijeet Phanse, BVS president, “There were stray incidents in some places but nothing major. There are other student issues more important than Valentine Day that needs to be addressed. We have told shop-keepers not to display vulgar V-day cards and I feel they will abide by it. If they don’t, we will decide what needs to be done”.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has taken a stand of not to oppose V-day celebrations. According to MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar, “Our country has been invaded by hundreds of invaders so far and the culture of the country is still intact. So, how can our culture get diluted in one day by celebrating Valentine’s Day? If anything vulgar is happening on the day, it should be stopped by the police and not by a political party”.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Youth Congress is trying out something new to celebrate V-day. Starting from tomorrow, congress activists in all areas across Mumbai have been told to spread awareness regarding getting registered in the electoral list. "Reach out to your partner with a gift of difference, ask them to get registere," would be motto.
According to Nitesh Rane, general secretary, Mumbai Youth Congress, “The voting percentage was only 46 per cent and most of the youth could not vote because they were not registered. We will ask students to celebrate Valentine’s Day but also be responsible by getting registered in the electoral rolls”.
The drive will start from University of Mumbai, Kalina on Wednesday where Congress activists will distribute forms to students who are not registered as voters. The drive will be for the entire week in various colleges across Mumbai.