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India a ’Hindu Rashtra’: Uddhav Thackeray

india Updated: Feb 16, 2009 12:56 IST

Terming India as a “Hindu Rashtra”, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday night derided those targeting Malegaon blast accused over their “Hindu” agenda.

“India is a ‘Hindu Rashtra´. No conspiracy but a strong resolve is needed to ensure the same,” Uddhav said, addressing a public rally in suburban Kurla, from where a Sena man won the recent municipal corporation bypoll.

“Punish the guilty but where is the need for a conspiracy for Hindu Rashtra,” Uddhav said in an apparent reference to those arrested in the Malegaon blast case who are accused of conspiring to form a “Hindu Rashtra”.

The Sena leader was also critical of state government’s decision to allow DGP A N Roy continue in the post despite High Court strictures in this regard.

“After the 26/11 terror attacks, Union and state home ministers had to relinquish office but Roy continues in the post,” he said.

Accusing ruling politicians of “empty talk” in the wake of the attacks, Uddhav cited “examples” of the US and Israel who “promptly retaliated” against the attackers.

“Despite common knowledge that the attack originated from Pakistan, nothing has been done and there is only empty talk,” he said.