Mumbai: Shiv Sena, in its publication Saamana, took a swipe at Bharatiya Janata Party. They alleged that the party glorifies Nathuram Godse, but the foreign dignitaries on India tour are taken to Sabarmati Ashram. They also asserted that Mahatma Gandhi is an identity of India on the global stage.
In the editorial of Saamana, it argues, “It’s a wonder that they (BJP) support the ideology of Nathuram Godse but when foreign guests arrive, they take them to Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram to weave the yarn.”
The editorial also launched an attack at the central government. It alleged that even though Statue of Unity is in Gujarat, still foreign dignitaries are being taken to Sabarmati Ashram.
“Even while a grand statue of Iron Man Sardar Patel has been constructed in Gujarat, the UK PM Boris Johnson and other (foreign) guests are not taken there because Gandhi remains the identity of India on the global stage,” added the Saamana editorial.
Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece, slammed Bharatiya Janata Party for communal violence being witnessed by some states of India.
“During Johnson’s stay in India, there was an atmosphere of communal tension throughout the country, including in the national capital Delhi. During the country’s independence, there was an atmosphere of religious hatred and violence. Even after so many years, the Prime Minister of UK is witnessing the same atmosphere in India. Johnson saw India in the same condition in which the British had left the country,” the editorial stated.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on a two-day visit to India on April 21-22. On his tour to India, he visited Sabarmati Ashram and Akshardham Temple in Gujarat. He met Businessman Gautam Adani. Posters of welcoming Boris were put up by the Adani group. Johnson announced commercial deals for bilateral investments worth £1 billion in sectors ranging from software to health.
Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “khaas dost (special friend)”, Johnson said that they have asked negotiators to reach an agreement on a Free Trade Agreement by Diwali this year.