The Shiv Sena sought de-recognition of the Hyderabad based group, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) for opposing the Maharashtra government’s decision to allot land for building of memorials to historic figures and well-known personalities from the state.
The Sena accused the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator of being “disloyal” to the state.
If this is not hypocrisy...what is it? All those following the ideals of Ambedkar should despise such kind of politics.
-Shiv Sena to Saamana
AIMIM’s Imtiaz Jaleel had recently threatened to move court against the state government’s decision of “wasting public money” in building memorials and had said the government should instead use the money for public welfare like building hospitals.
The government wants to build memorials to leaders like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, late Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and late BJP leader Gopinath Munde.
What Shiv Sena Thinks
“AIMIM’s comment on building memorials shows its disloyalty to Maharashtra. Staying in Maharashtra and opposing Balasaheb’s memorial is the ultimate ungratefulness of what he has done for the state. A criminal case should be filed against the person (Jaleel) who made the comment and the party (AIMIM) should be de-recognised,” the Sena said in an edit in its mouthpiece Saamana.
“Why do people who oppose a memorial for Balasaheb do not think that giving subsidy for Haj pilgrims is a wasteful expenditure? We say that this wasteful expenditure should be stopped and the money should be used to build hospitals and schools to make Muslim youths independent,” the Sena said.
The Sena added that while the Hyderabad-based party opposed the construction of memorials of these leaders, it refrained from speaking against a memorial for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar for “political motives.”