Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Cabinet Minister Jayant Patil engaged in a spat on Twitter over a placard with “Free Kashmir” written on it was seen during the anti-JNU violence protests at the Gateway of India on Monday.
“Protest is for what exactly? Why slogans of “Free Kashmir”? How can we tolerate such separatist elements in Mumbai? ‘Free Kashmir’ slogans by Azadi gang at 2km from CMO? Uddhavji are you going to tolerate this free Kashmir anti-India campaign right under your nose???” Fadnavis tweeted, tagging Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Responding to Fadnavis, Patil claimed the placard sought for ending all forms of discrimination in Kashmir. He also accused the former CM of trying to confuse people.
“Devendraji It’s ‘free Kashmir’ from all discrimination, bans on cellular networks and central control. I can’t believe that responsible leader like you trying to confuse people by decoding words in such a hatred way. Is it losing power or losing self control?” Patil tweeted.
Fadnavis hit back, claiming the NCP leader was indulging in “vote bank” politics. “What a pity! Now separatist tendencies get a government advocate. Jayantrao, this vote bank politics is not expected from you. Kashmir has already been freed from discrimination. Certain curbs have been there since decades for security concerns. Be it in the government of opposition, for us the only principle is NATION FIRST,” Fadnavis tweeted.
Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut Tuesday said the placard only suggested freedom from restrictions in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the antecedents of the woman are being probed. Talking to reporters, he said the woman’s background is being verified. “If she is involved in any anti-national activity, action will be taken against her,” Deshmukh said.
Maharashtra Environment and Tourism Minister Minister Aaditya Thackeray stressed on the need to see the intent of the woman holding the placard. “We need to see her intent. Was it to remove internet blockade? If it was to free Kashmir from India, then it is wrong. Obviously, everyone condemned it… not even other protesters supported it,” he said.
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