Sena in Rajasthan turns Sene overnight

BAL Thackeray now has Pramod Mutalik eating into his image,base and party....

Written by Express News Service | Jaipur | Published: February 10, 2009 3:02 am

BAL Thackeray now has Pramod Mutalik eating into his image,base and party.

In what could be seen as a new chapter in the history of Right-wing Hindu politics in India,the entire Rajasthan unit of the Shiv Sena on Monday shifted loyalties and launched the state chapter of the now infamous Sri Rama Sene — Mutalik’s outfit involved in the January 24 assault on women at a pub in Mangalore.

And keeping with its moral policing image,the newly formed unit gave its first warning: no Valentine’s Day this time. Couples found celebrating on February 14 would be severely dealt with,it said.

Kishore Singh,the former Jaipur district head of the Shiv Sena,said Thackeray’s party stands dissolved in the state,and has been replaced by Sri Rama Sene. “The Shiv Sena seems to have forgotten how to protect Hindu culture and concentrate only on Maharashtrians,so we have shifted loyalties to the Sri Rama Sene,” Singh said.

He added that Mutalik sent Vinay Kumar,national secretary of the Sri Rama Sene,to formally launch the outfit in Jaipur.

The Sri Rama Sene now boasts close to 20,000 members,including 7,000 in Jaipur district alone.

Singh said the outfit would make its presence felt on Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day is against our culture and we will not allow couples to celebrate February 14 in Jaipur. We have devised new ways of ensuring this,” he said,adding that ‘guilty’ couples will either be asked to tie a rakhi or get married at the nearest temple.

Valentine’s Day will only be the beginning,he said. “We will now also ensure that pub culture,drinking and partying in discos and malls will also be stopped,” Singh said.

However,the police said they were prepared for any eventuality. Jaipur Inspector General of Police P K Singh said extra policemen would be deployed in Jaipur on February 14. “Any miscreant found harassing people and generally causing public disturbance will be dealt with in the harshest possible way.”

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