Nupur Sharma row: Uddhav Thackeray says BJP embarrassed India
- Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray lashed out at BJP over Nupur Sharma’s remarks
- He asked why the country had to apologise for BJP’s doing
- Thackeray also slammed BJP on inflation and for looking for Shivlings in mosques
Uddhav Thackeray, chief minister of Maharashtra and son of Hindutva icon Babasaheb Thackeray, said Wednesday that BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s comments have embarrassed India. The country has been “brought to its knees and was forced to apologise,” Thackeray said asking why should the country apologise on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“The Middle East and the Arab countries brought our country to its knees and forced to apologise. What led to this? India has to apologise. What has the country done? It is the BJP and its spokespersons that have committed the crime,” Thackeray said.
He added that the words of a BJP spokesperson or BJP cannot be India’s stand on any issue. “The words BJP spokesperson (Nupur Sharma) used tarnished India’s image at the international level. It damaged the image of my country and not that of the BJP.”
Nupur Sharma, now-former spokesperson of the BJP, made certain comments about the Prophet Mohammed that drew criticism from Islamic nations around the world. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, among others, stridently criticised the remarks. Several Islamic nations called Indian Ambassadors to articulate their condemnation. People in some Gulf nations called for a ban on Indian products.
India maintained that the stance put forward by Sharma was not India’s position and said that suitable action had been taken against her. Sharma, who was suspended, later withdrew her comments.
Wednesday’s rally was Thackeray’s first outside Mumbai since he underwent a spine surgery in November. And there, the leader of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), slammed India’s ruling party for the country’s inflation pressures and for going to mosques in search of Shivlings.
“Inflation is rising, rupee is declining, but our worry is Shivling lying beneath the mosque, what is under Taj Mahal, what is under Gyanvapi masjid,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray also spoke on the recent killings in Kashmir. Putting the flight of Kashmiri Pandits in perspective with Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s threat to recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside mosques, Uddhav said, “It makes one angry that Kashmiri Pandits are leaving the Valley and no one is ready to speak for them. Did any single spokesperson of BJP speak on this issue?”