Reiterating its support for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement that India is a 'Hindu rashtra', the Shiv Sena has claimed that Hindus had voted out fake secularists and said Narendra Modi-led NDA's victory showed that India is on its way to becoming a Hindu rashtra.
"The victory of Hindutva is an indication of Hindustan becoming a Hindu rashtra," said the editorial on Thursday in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna', which has party president Uddhav Thackeray as the editor and Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut as the executive editor.
It added that along with inflation and corruption, the "insult of Hindus" and the "appeasement of Muslims" were among issues in the Lok Sabha polls and that the pride of Hindus had started sparkling after Modi's victory. "That is why Mohan Bhagwat openly said India is a Hindu rashtra," the editorial said.
Earlier, after Bhagwat's remarks about India being a 'Hindu rashtra' had kicked up a storm, Uddhav had come out in his support.
"Modi became the prime minister because of his strong Hindutva ideology and the entire Hindu samaj of the country voted for the Shiv Sena and BJP by forgetting issues like caste and creed. The Hindus were fed up of Congress appeasing Muslims and buried pseudo secularism. In the entire North India — covering states like Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, not even one Muslim could not be elected. This is the victory of the iron fist of Hindu unity and if this fist remains intact, it will not take long for the country to get recognition as Hindu rashtra," the editorial said.
It also accused parties like the Congress and Samajwadi Party of bending before the extremism of Muslims and "insulting" the 85 crore Hindus in India. Pointing to the opposition of Muslim right-wingers to Vande Mataram and family planning, the editorial claimed that Congress and other "pseudo-secular parties" had "put the existence of Hindus at risk for the sake of Muslim votes".