Shiv Sena on Wednesday warned that the party will be keeping an eye on the Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Sena will intervene only if the lines of decency are crossed.
Party secretary, Vinayak Raut, clarified that the party has not deviated from its earlier stand. “We will not allow such days to harm Indian culture. If anyone wants to celebrate, they should keep that in mind and see that their programmes don’t highlight vulgarity,” said Raut.
The party, which was vehemently against the Valentine’s Day, has softened its stand in the last two years. “If youth want to celebrate this then it is not a good idea to keep on opposing it vehemently. The party had to soften its stand to keep a large section of the voters happy,” said one of the party leaders.
Valentine’s Day has been the topic of controversy as the saffron parties have opposed the celebrations, calling it a bad western influence on the youth.
However, at a time when Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are around the corner, none of the parties can afford to make city’s youth, who are huge chunk of the voting population, unhappy.
Interestingly, Yuva Sena, the party’s youth wing, president Aditya Thackeray has touched upon the issue. “We will follow whatever the party decides. We have a number of issues and Valentine’s Day is not a priority,” said one of the Yuva Sena functionaries.
Meanwhile, the Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has neither supported nor opposed the Valentine’s Day. “It is an individual’s choice. Raj saheb had announced our position when the party was formed and we have not changed it,” said Sandip Deshpande, MNS zonal president from Dadar.