Shiv Sena youth wing leader Aaditya Thackeray has distanced himself from the vitriolic editorial that appeared in his party mouthpiece Saamana against the Gujarati community. Earlier, his father and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had also disowned the editorial.
In a press statement issued via social media, Aaditya said, “The party takes the Gujarati community as fellow Mumbaikars and with no differences made. This very unity, seen strongly and the love felt by me personally in the Lok Sabha elections, be it South Mumbai, South Central or North West Mumbai, be it Thane or Kalyan, has ached many leading to sabotage this unity. I assure you, there was, is and will be no change in the good bond built over years between us.”
In an editorial written on May 1, Saamana had taken pot shots at the Gujarati community and had questioned why Gujarati traders who support Modi never stepped out of their highrises to celebrate Maharashtra Day.
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“Staying in Mumbai they have enjoyed the benefits of the wealth. They have filled their coffers. They have exploited Mumbai like a prostitute. People who came here carrying a tumbler (lota) have created cities of gold for themselves. On this wealth created from Mumbai, these industrialists are manipulating Indian polity. They are scheming as to who should be made the prime minister and who should be brought down,” the edit had said.