The Shiv Sena on Monday took on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks on increasing the Hindu population, saying that the organisation should instead make efforts to introduce a common civil code.
“Instead of focusing on increasing the population of Hindus to counter the rising Muslim population, the Narendra Modi government needs to implement the uniform civil code at the earliest,” an editorial in the party mouth piece Saamana said. “Mohan Bhagwat has tried to present outdated thoughts in a modern way. His remarks will not be accepted by the progressive Hindu community. Also, PM Modi would not agree with the idea that increasing the population of Hindus is the right way to counter the growing Muslim population,” the editorial said.
The Sena said that Bhagwat should spend his efforts in making sure a uniform civil code is implemented. “The only solution is to implement the uniform civil code and cap the population of all communities. Bhagwat’s thoughts are like a web stuck on the ideals of Hindutva. Instead of this, why does he not back the uniform civil code and strict norms of family planning?,” the editorial said.
The party also targeted alliance partner BJP, over the condition of roads in Nagpur. “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis belongs to Nagpur.
Gadkari is also serving a key post at the Centre. All the bosses are in power but Nagpur residents still have to face potholes,” the editorial said. With elections to a number of civic bodies due in the state, the Sena and the BJP have been sparring relentlessly.
“The public will be happy if those who have been blowing trumpets over the condition of Mumbai’s roads pay attention to the poor quality of roads in Nagpur,” the editorial said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is ruled by the Sena, where the BJP is trying to unseat it.