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Shiv Sena accuses Sharad Pawar of playing dangerous politics, trying to destabilise Maharashtra

‘Saamana’ editorial slams NCP chief for saying that those arrested for inciting Bhima-Koregaon violence are innocent.

mumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2018 16:41 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. (HT File Photo)

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday criticised Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for playing “dangerous” politics and alleged that it is “destabilising” social harmony in the state.

The Sena took on the veteran statesman in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, following Pawar’s comments that people arrested for inciting the Bhima-Koregaon violence earlier this year were innocent. Pawar made this statement last week while speaking at a function to mark the 19th anniversary of his party.

It does not befit a former chief minister to pose hurdles in police investigations into the Bhima-Koregaon violence, the editorial said, even as it wondered whom Pawar was trying to protect. “What Sharad Pawar does is his outlook, but his politics is destabilising social harmony in the state,” the editorial said, questioning the grounds on which Pawar has made claims that those caught by the police for instigating riots in Bhima-Koregaon were not involved.

The Sena also criticised Pawar for not coming out “on the streets” to calm people when “Maharashtra was burning” after the Bhima-Koregaon incident. “Instead of coming in front of cameras and asking people to maintain peace, Pawar created an impression that Hindutva organisations were behind it,” the editorial added.

The Sena pointed out that Pawar had behaved like this in 1993 too, when he was Maharashtra’s chief minister. A day after bomb blasts rocked Mumbai in March 1993, he visited the Bombay Stock Exchange and inaugurated the restart of trading, but he “failed to set things in order after the blasts and let Maharashtra burn”.

The editorial urged the people of Maharashtra to be “cautious” and said communal tensions could “polarise votes”, as it did in the case of elections held after communal tensions in Muzaffarnagar and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 16:40 IST