Days after he was attacked by Shiv Sena workers for sharing a cartoon on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, former Navy personnel Madan Sharma Tuesday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and said he was “with the BJP and RSS now on”.
Speaking to media after meeting Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Sharma said, “When I was beaten up, they had levelled allegations that I am with BJP RSS. So I am with BJP-RSS from now on,” he said.
On September 12, Sharma was attacked by a group of Shiv Sena workers, headed by Kamlesh Kadam — the shakha pramukh of the party’s Kandivali unit in Mumbai. The police said that a cartoon showing Thackeray prostrating before pictures of Pawar and Gandhi was posted on a WhatsApp group of which Sharma is a member. Sharma forwarded the cartoon to a WhatsApp group comprising residents of his housing society.
Madan Sharma (65), had served as a chief petty officer in the Navy and lives with his family in Kandivali East.
After the attack, Sharma had demanded that the chief minister apologise to him and the country. He had also said that Thackeray should quit his post if he was unable to uphold law and order in the state.
Six Shiv Sena workers have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Sharma also submitted a letter to Koshyari, where he accued the city police of coming after him instead of taking action against the assailants. He requested the Governor to convey his displeasure over the issue to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
He said police filed a case against the Sena workers only after he raised the issue with Bhatkhalkar, who is a local BJP MLA.
Sharma said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to him over phone and Union minister Ramdas Athawale met him at his residence to enquire about his health after the incident. Singh had called Madan Sharma, saying “such attacks on ex-servicemen are completely unacceptable and deplorable”.
He also claimed that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said he was not a Navy man, thereby insulting him and other ex-servicemen. “They defended the incident and now they are also threatening me. This shows that I wont get justice of any kind from the Maharashtra government, he said.
Former CM and BJP MLA Devendra Fadnavis called the attack “extremely sad and shocking” and demanded that Thackeray take strong action.
(with inputs from PTI)
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