Uddhav lauds Kulkarni attackers

Six Sainiks had smeared writer's face with ink

Uddhav lauds Kulkarni attackers

The six Shiv Sainiks who were arrested on Monday night for blackening Sudeendra Kulkarni’s face were felicitated by party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday.

Gajanand Patil, Dinesh Prasad, Ashok Waghmare, Prakash Husbe, Samadhan Jadhav and Venkatesh Nair, who are now out on bail,  received a pat on their back from Uddhav.

“Who has an objection..we have done nothing wrong,” said Shiv Sena spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, while  responding to a volley of questions on the felicitation.

“We are Shiv Sainiks. Like soldiers fight along the borders against the Pakistanis, Shiv Sainiks are fighting against Pakistanis....like soldiers get Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra, our sainiks, too, have been felicitated,” said Raut, who is also the executive editor of ‘Saamana’, the Sena mouthpiece.

Supporting separatists
Speaking on Kasuri, he said, “We have told the chief minister what Kasuri did to India, how he has supported separatists and militants in the Kashmir valley.

“Pakistani agents have been given protection,” he said indirectly referring to Kulkarni for organising former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch.
A policeman like Tukaram Omble laid down his life during the 26/11 attacks to capture Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab alive. But the same Mumbai Police which defended the city against the terror attack was asked to protect Kasuri, Raut lamented.
Asked whether they would pull out of the government, Raut said: “Why should we, if they want they should...we are nationalists and Hinduwadis...we will continue to do our work.”

Kulkarni, on the other hand, said he was an “agent of peace”.

“I have been labelled a Pakistani agent in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. I respect their freedom of expression. They should also respect others freedom of expression,” said the former aide of BJP stalwarts and ideologues Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.

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