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Shiv Sena slams Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah over remarks

mumbai Updated: Oct 09, 2010 20:26 IST

Hitting out at Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over
their controversial comments this week, Shiv Sena on Saturday said both "crown princes" should get their heads examined.

In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana, of which the Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray is the editor, the regional outfit lashed out at Rahul for equating RSS with banned terror group SIMI, and Abdullah for his comments that Jammu and Kashmir had not merged with India.

"Both crown princes need to get their heads examined in mental hospitals at government expense," it said.

According to the editorial, the young Gandhi had given a clean chit to SIMI by equating it with RSS, the Nagpur-based right-wing organisation.

The comments were aimed at pleasing Muslims in the poll-bound Bihar, where the Congress' base has eroded over the years, the Sena organ said.

"The difference between SIMI and RSS is the same as the difference between (Italian businessman Ottavio) Quattrochi and Shahid Bhagat Singh, or patriotism and anti-national activities."

"SIMI's links with anti-national elements had been proved. How can Rahul compare it with RSS, a nationalist organisation which had united Hindus and involved them in cultural and social activities," the paper asked.

Terming Abdullah's statement that Jammu and Kashmir had not merged with India as "childish", Sena sought his removal as chief minister.

The editorial said Abdullah's statement seeking talks with Pakistan to resolve Kashmir was "anti-India".