A day after forcing the cancellation of a concert by Pakistan Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, the Shiv Sena has taken on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his support to the Pakistani artiste.
Sena leader Aditya Thackeray claimed that the CM should first provide security to the people of the state before providing security for the concert.
“The CM should first provide security to people of the state and then talk about providing security to a concert,” Aditya Thackeray said.
The Shiv Sena forced the cancellation of the concert, which was to be held in Mumbai on Friday, stating that Pakistanis should not be allowed to perform in the country.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had had claimed the state would do everything to ensure the programme went off smoothly. “The state will provide full protection to the programme. We may not have good relations with Pakistan but even our films are watched there. Ghulam Ali is an international singer who cannot be confined to boundaries,” Fadnavis had said on Wednesday.
Thackeray justified the party’s stand against Pakistani artistes. “We respect and enjoy songs of Ghulam Ali. However, we need to show some sensitivity towards our soldiers killed at the borders. We cannot be having fun when our jawans are being killed by them,” said Thackeray.
The concert was a tribute to the late Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. The Sena’s film industry arm, the Chitrapat Sena, submitted a letter to the administrators of the Shanmukhananda Hall on Wednesday morning asking them to cancel the show.