Muslims are used as vote bank, scrap their voting rights, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena sought to downplay the article saying the party is against "appeasement politics" and the violation of fundamental rights.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 13, 2015 11:48 am
shiv sena, uddhav thackeray, neelam gorhe The article should be looked at from an “overall perspective” and should not be misinterpreted as being against the Muslim community,” Neelam Gorhe said.

THE Shiv Sena said on Sunday that the voting rights of Muslims should be “revoked” as the community has often been used for “vote bank politics”. The controversial remark drew sharp criticism from other parties, including ally BJP.

“If Muslims are only being used.. to play politics, they can never develop. Muslims will have no future till they are used for vote bank politics… Balasaheb (Thackeray) had once said voting rights of Muslims should be withdrawn. What he said is right,” said an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.

Targeting the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen, the party said the Owaisi brothers were like “poisonous snakes” who spew venom to “exploit” the minority community.

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“Owaisi and his party are like a snake which, if fed, will do no good to the nation. AIMIM is an old snake,” it said. “AIMIM is trying to show they are fighting for the rights of Muslims… It is identical to what Congress did with Muslims to get votes… But in reality, Muslims are being exploited for votes,” said the editorial.

Taking a dig at AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for daring Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to come to Hyderabad, the editorial said, “Owaisi dares us to come to Hyderabad. But we want to ask him if Hyderabad is in India or in Lahore, Karachi or Peshawar. The pride of Marathis is known in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kandahar as well.”

Condemning the remarks, senior BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said: “The Indian Constitution has given every citizen, irrespective of his/ her caste, community or religion, the right to vote. So nobody can deny anyone voting rights in this country. Those who express such views are blatantly violating the Indian Constitution. Strict action should be taken against them for such remarks.”

The Congress said the Sena’s remarks were aimed at dividing society and inflaming passions. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said though he does not want to comment on “silly, ridiculous, ill informed and deliberately provocative” statements, “Saamana thinks it might be living in some Talibanised land and not in a secular, democratic, socialist, world’s largest vibrant democracy. I think it is Saamana which has no place in a culture like ours, rather than those against whom they spread hatred.”

“Those behind the remarks have no place in a culture like ours,” said senior party leader Anand Sharma. “These observations deserve to be condemned. It is unacceptable. We are proud to be a constitutional democracy, a secular nation. We are proud of India’s diversity, its pluralism. India belongs to all and every citizen of this country enjoys the same fundamental rights,” he said.

His party colleague Manikrao Thakre said the Sena has “displayed its bias against the Muslims.”

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “It is not surprising, coming from the Sena which has never shown respect for any democratic norms. If they are trying to suggest that Muslims are exploited and are worried about their development, they should suggest five per cent reservation for the community. The party is in government.”

Under attack, the Sena later sought to downplay the remarks. “What he (Sanjay Raut, editor of Saamana) meant was that Muslims are being exploited for vote bank, and this will not lead to their development. He is not suggesting that their voting rights should be taken away,” said party MLC Neelam Gorhe.

PTI quoted Raut as saying that the editorial reflected what was stated by Bal Thackeray 15 years ago. “Neither the country nor Muslims have moved forward. This vote bank politics has always tried to keep the Muslims away from the mainstream…Till the time the ownership of votebank politics will continue with some people, the Muslim community will not benefit nor will they progress,” he said.

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    Sam Dar
    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:06 am
    Oh you mean Like appesaing Marathis with slogan like Mumbai is for Marathis. We should also ban the voting rights of Marathis while we are at it.
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      axarma
      Apr 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm
      Owaisi brothers should go back to where they came from; they can preach their own b of democracy there in Yemen.
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        viswesh
        Apr 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm
        There is no need of revocation of voting rights of anybody next step should ONE CHILD ONE FAMILY policy?????????????????????
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          viswesh
          Apr 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm
          common civil code for all is the /?????
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            Venkatesh
            Apr 13, 2015 at 6:11 am
            Is this Sena a bunch of s? How can you deny Muslims voting rights besides the fact, Why?) Can the Sena tell us how to do it? Does the Sena know that in about 15 years, India will have the largest Muslim potion in the world --150 million? That should be fun.
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              Haradhan Mandal
              Apr 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm
              How is this post (Reply by Sanju on Post Ajaz Baig) by is NOT BLOCKED by the moderators - I would like ask the Reader's Editor Sir. How this post pes the moderation policy. An article on this issue will be very welcome, SIR. Incidentally all of posts of mine are blocked 98% of the time. The ones of mine that get posted - past the moderators -are the ones that I don't intend to post! 2%. This post is pure bullying, demeaning , condescending and an attempt to verbal intimidation . - Haradhan Mandal
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                Indian
                Apr 13, 2015 at 11:31 am
                Stop the Election system, bring the qualification system like we have for job. All problem will get solved, No elections no issues only peace
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                  Dr khwaja
                  Apr 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm
                  Arians should go back from where they came and pushed poor Dravidians.
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                    Dr khwaja
                    Apr 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm
                    India will be for Indians perhaps by 2050 India or at least SARC will be Muslim majority region please wait for couple of decades.
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                      Manoj Kumar
                      Apr 13, 2015 at 7:33 am
                      What the he'll thakrays and ibaisi? I had visited all part of Bihar and Gujarat I observed that the community is hypnoties by his leader. I meet several times with all type of gurus who is work in mandir,masjid,charch etc. I had ask with them why not you educate the poorer of your community,why not you make aware them to know what is facility's given by government of India so that he is able to teach his children, he is able to improve his life style.. they told what is your cast.....what community u belongs...sir I am true hindu and my best friend is Christ and true Muslim s we are never fight .....
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                        Mohammad
                        Apr 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm
                        Both party are trying to take a dig so these people come out from dongs when there is election. Otherwise silent.
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                          Truth
                          Apr 13, 2015 at 3:43 am
                          One can not expect the majority to follow secularism and Muslim/Christians to play religious cards. Is not it the same nation,where Muslims even after formation of stan,driving Hindus out from Kashmir? Christians in 5 eastern states,trying their best to convert or kill tribal HIndus. Every action has equal and opposite reaction.Do we want another stan or Chritian country partioned out of Hindustan?
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                            Truth
                            Apr 13, 2015 at 5:48 am
                            Some one may not agree with Mr.Thackaery but how come those voices keep mum when AIMMS head spaeks of converting Hindustan into a Muslim country? One can not expect the majority to follow secularism and Muslim/Christians to play religious cards. Is not it the same nation,where Muslims even after formation of stan,driving Hindus out from Kashmir? Christians in 5 eastern states,trying their best to convert or kill tribal HIndus. Every action has equal and opposite reaction.Do we want another stan or Chritian country partioned out of Hindustan?
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                              Truth
                              Apr 13, 2015 at 3:25 am
                              This "MODERATION POLICY" is a hog wash.If you write anything against Muslim/christian,your post goes for moderation.That means,it will not be printed.But the Muslim/Christians spill venoms against the Hindus and they moderators love to publish those.This w English news media is anti-HIndu.I doubt this will ever see the posting.
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                                Ash
                                Apr 13, 2015 at 11:25 am
                                If Muslims are used for their votes,then take out the people or ministers who misuse them rather than Muslims.
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                                  Ajaz Baig
                                  Apr 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm
                                  Shivaji was a great warrior and he fought many battle face to face , but it seems now his army (so called shiv sena) is scared of fighting modern days election battle fairly. shame on you, please don't call yourself shiv sainik, call Thackeray Sainik who are hungry for power & money.
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                                    liebuster
                                    Apr 13, 2015 at 4:34 am
                                    much money has this dk bose di co received by moodi bluffer. India wants to know about black money India wants to know about jashodaben India wants to know about achey din etc etc.
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                                      Asif
                                      Apr 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm
                                      Let us put reverse of his argument, Shiv Sena, BJP is creating false fear of Muslims and Christians in the minds of hindus and promoting communalism ad hatred to placate hindu voters and doing votebank politics. Should not we disenfranchise hindus in India.? mayavati is doing vote bank politics of dalits and Akalis of Sikhs then should we revoke voting rights of Dalits and Sikhs. Shameless and stupid argument of such illiterate biased politicians.
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                                        Atmabodh
                                        Apr 13, 2015 at 8:53 am
                                        शिवासेना खतम करने के लिये संजय Raut और सामना काफी है
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                                          Indian
                                          Apr 15, 2015 at 4:15 am
                                          I have lived in Mumbai and I know for a fact that shiv sena is nothing but a organization of goons who in majority terrorize mes for political and monetary gains. Why Shiv sena and not Mumbai Warriors ? The sena name itself is joke. Sena of what? They want to fight with other Indians but what did they do after stani terrorists bombed Mumbai ? How about some " SAINIKs" go to stan and go get Lakhvi or Dawood Ibrahim ! That would be something. True patriots ? Don't just talk the talk.
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                                            arjun
                                            Apr 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm
                                            Stupid guy to talk about religion again. Rather than that, make laws where adults with less than 2 children only get voting rights. Or better still election commission should strictly ban any politician talking about anything even close to religion or minorities or temples etc.
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