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.
Sources: ET, Firstpost
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Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments about a conspiracy being hatched to defame him and destabilize his government in a rally in Odisha, have irked their ally Shiv Sena. The Sena mouthpiece, “Saamna”, wrote scathing remarks questioning the stability of the Modi Government in the wake of the increased terror activities and “anti-national elements” referring to the JNU issue.
Modi, in the rally at Bargarh in Odisha, spoke critically of black marketeers and NGOs as he claimed that they were trying to “defame” him and create political turmoil in the country. Countering this comment the paper asked whether the Government was being able to govern the country well enough and keep it stable. “Saamna” wrote “But, looking at the current turn of events, will the country remain stable? Governments come and go, but let the country remain intact.”
The editorial mouthpiece, although agreed with him about the conspiracy being hatched to defame him, it spoke about the Pathankot attack followed by the continuous stream of terrorist activity from Pakistan and the growing anger among the people against our neighbor. “When the army can fire bullets at the citizens of our county, why cannot they treat people who raise ISIS flags in the Kashmir valley in the same way”, the editorial asked.
It also spoke about the issue of farmers’ suicide in Maharashtra that has spread from Vidarbha to northern Maharashtra and Marathwada region. Referring to the revenue loss because of the Jat agitation in Haryana, the Sena has once again taken on the NDA government for their failure to effectively maintain peace and stability in the country.
Sources: ndtv, indiatoday