Sena terms assault on Marathis in Karnataka ‘Kannada terrorism’
MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Monday termed the ‘assault’
on Marathi-speaking populace in Karnataka by the police there as ‘Kannada
terrorism’ and asked the Narendra Modi government to intervene.
“In Mumbai, the Karnataka Bhawan and Karnataka Sangh
buildings stand tall. However, a 'Maharashtra state’ board in Karnataka is not
tolerated and prompts such brutal assault which even puts Hafiz Saeed to shame,”
an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.
“All political parties blasted the Maharashtra Sadan
force-feeding issue. Will they show the same zeal in condemning this injustice
on Marathi speaking people of Karnataka,” the editorial asked.
“In Modi, we have a strong Prime Minister and in
Rajnath Singh, we have got a strong Home Minister. The Marathi speaking
populace in the border area has great expectation from them. If Karnataka
Police is indulging in terror against Marathi-speaking people, it is the
responsibility of the Central government to curb this terrorism. We are making
this appeal to the Central government because those ruling Maharashtra are
incompetent," it maintained.
The Sena reaction followed Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan's telephonic talk with his Karnataka counterpart Siddaramaiah on Sunday.
Chavan said he had conveyed the strong sentiments of people of Maharashtra on
the brutal assault of Marathi speaking people there.
Meanwhile, Nitesh Rane, son of Industries Minister
Narayan Rane said, “We won’t allow Karnataka Day celebration in Mumbai to
protest the assault.” Mumbai’s famous ‘dabbawallas’ have also condemned the
assault on their Marathi brethren in Karnataka's border areas.
On Friday, the Belgaum district administration
demolished the board at Yallur village near Belgaum, which proclaimed the
village to be in Maharashtra. The action triggered protests in Kolhapur, where
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses were stoned. This was followed
with assault on Marathi-speaking people.