MUMBAI: Mumbai chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ashish Shelar has adviced Shiv Sena to change its perception about Pakistan and to consider the local problems while discussing national issues, according to a report published on The Times of India website.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had expressed doubts regarding the recently-held meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia and termed the meeting as “unfortunate.”
He stated that, “the neighbouring country needs to be taught a lesson in a manner it understands” as he felt that the conditions on the borders between the two countries had not changed at all.
BJP leader Ashish Shelar said, “Uddhav Thackeray should have first sought information on Modi’s meeting with Sharif. The meeting between the two prime ministers was of national importance. Since the trial of 26/11 Mumbai attacks is going on in a Pakistani court, Modi coaxed Pakistan into completing it faster. Several Indian fishermen are lodged in Pakistani jails. The meeting also focused on their release.”
He added, “Everybody has the right to speak about India-Pakistan relations and what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir. But what is needed is a change of perception so that you can see the changed conditions.”
Shelar also criticised Sena, which directs the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, over recent flooding in the capital city of Maharashtra state perceived to be caused by blocked drains.
“While the Sena speaks about issues of national importance, why doesn’t it take action against MCGM contractors who are doing substandard work of cleaning the drainage system? It (also) needs to focus on the increasing number of leptospirosis cases in Mumbai,” he said.
Earlier in September 2014, BJP severed ties with Shiv Sena, its far-right ally of 25 years, after days of bickering over seat-sharing for the October 2014 polls held in the western state of Maharashtra. Both the parties are still allies in Maharashtra state.
The Shiv Sena, started by the divisive late leader Bal Thackeray, has a record of inciting riots and other violence mainly in its opposition of migrants in Maharashtra and opposing the spread of Islam and “decadent” Western influences.
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