Defending its stir to facilitate jobs for Marathi people in the Railways, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday cited the example of political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the ruling DMK, that were exerting pressure on the UPA Government to protect the interests of Tamilians in Sri Lanka.
"The DMK has even threatened to withdraw its support to UPA at Centre if the government failed to curb the anti-LTTE offensive launched by Sri Lankan military," an editorial in 'Saamana', the Sena mouthpiece, commented.
"These political parties are so sensitive to the Tamilian interests even outside India and Shiv Sena is being condemned for supporting jobs of Marathis in Maharashtra with the labeling of regionalism," the editorial in the paper, edited by party chief Bal Thackeray, said.
The editorial said just to mention a few, Maharashtra had given to the nation illustrious sons like Babasaheb Ambedkar, C D Deshmukh (who resigned from the Nehru Cabinet on the issue of Samyukta Maharashtra) and Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar.
"But the rulers in Delhi always handed a raw deal to Maharashtra and expected it catapult before it. The Shiv Sena will never tolerate this situation and will always support Marathis in their fight for justice," it said.