Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted birthday wished for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his 68th birthday on twitter. Two days late of the tweet, Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist party in its newspaper carried a veiled dig at Modi’s step towards soft diplomacy.
In its newspaper, Saamna, the party mentioned how Chhatrapati Shivaji, a well-known Hindu warrior of Maharashtra never extended greetings to the enemies of the nation thus hinting obvious conclusions in regard to Modi’s actions.
The party said, “What is outstanding about Shivaji Maharaj’s thoughts is that he considered enemies of Swarajya as enemies of the nation. Shivaji Maharaj never extended birthday greetings to Aurangzeb, Afzal Khan and Shaista Khan.”
Prime Minister’s birthday wishes on twitter for Nawaz Sharif comes in between an interval of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control and Working Boundary following an apparent surgical strike, the turbulence in Kashmir and the attack in Uri army base.
Modi tweeted, “Birthday wishes to Pakistan PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif. I pray for his long and healthy life”. Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz tweeted her response to Modi saying that her father deeply appreciated the gesture and he conveys to the Prime Minister his best wished as well.
Interestingly, Shiv Sena’s barb at Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes three days after he laid the foundation stone of a grand memorial statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai where during Shiv Sena’s chief Uddhav Thackery’s address, he was interrupted by chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ by Bhartiya Janata Party supporters.
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