Hitting back at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who blamed BJP’s rise for the recent mob violence in Pune, which left a techie dead, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday equated him with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and said he has “lost his sense of proportion” after the poll debacle.
“Pawar is speaking like Hafeez Saeed. After the violence following objectionable posts in social media, Pawar said such forces have raised their head after (Narendra) Modi government came to power.
“It is difficult to predict what Pawar will say and when.
His sense of proportion has gone for a toss after his party’s debacle in Lok Sabha polls,” Mr. Uddhav said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana.
“There was one murder (Pune techie killing) in Maharashtra. What has the Modi government got to do with it?” Mr. Uddhav wondered.
“Pawar should know that Modi government was not in power when (Ajmal) Kasab and others attacked Mumbai,” he said.
Mr. Uddhav claimed that NCP Minister Jitendra Awhad doesn’t allow police to act against goons in Mumbra-Kalwa area in Thane as the culprits belong to a specific community.
In a veiled attack on the Centre’s ruling party, Mr. Pawar had on Sunday said “communal fever” was spreading after BJP came to power.