Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rout has sparked a fresh controversy by his article in Sena mouth piece, Saamna. In which Rout has written that voting rights of Muslims should be withdrawn to put an end to the vote bank politics.
The Sena leader has also called All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leaders, Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi, a threat to the nation.
“Balasaheb had once said to withdraw Muslims voting rights. Owaisi brothers are doing politics of Muslim votes. They are threat to the nation,” wrote Raut.
When asked about his opinion in Saamana, Raut told ANI: “Even after independence, the politics over vote-bank does not seem to end,” adding, “Country once faced partition on the basis of religion. After that, we thought things would settle and Hindu and Muslim would be one. However, that did not happen. The Muslim population continued to grow and new Muslim leaders emerged.”
Meanwhile, slamming the Shiv Sena for its statement, the Congress demanded serious action against it.
“It is unconstitutional, it calls for serious action. Motive is to communalise the whole atmosphere,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told
Slamming (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) AIMIM leaders Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi , the artilcle said, “Owaisi brothers came and went back from Mumbai. They have been doing all this to influence Muslims voters,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut wrote in the editorial.
“This is why Sena chief once demanded to take away voting rights from Muslims.”
Defending the statement, the Sena spokesperson said that Owaisi brothers are doing votebank politics in Mumbai.
The editorial piece was published a day after the by-poll voting in Bandra seat where AIMIM was defeated by Sena in last polls.