Attacking NCP chief and former Union minister Sharad Pawar for linking the fatal mob attack on a Muslim youth in Pune to the rise of the BJP under Narendra Modi at the Centre, the Shiv Sena kicked off a storm by severely targeting Pawar.
The editorial on Wednesday in the newspaper, which has Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as the editor and Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut as the executive editor, noted that Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) mastermind, had alleged that India and Modi were responsible for the recent terror attacks in Karachi and demanded that Pakistan snap all diplomatic ties with New Delhi.
"NCP chief Sharad Pawar has also started talking rubbish, like Hafiz Saeed," the editorial said, adding that the protests over the defamatory content against national icons on social networking sites had taken a violent turn leading to the murder of an innocent youth in Pune. "This was a horrible incident which has tarnished humanity," said the editorial, while attacking Pawar for linking Modi's coming to power in New Delhi to communal forces asserting themselves in Maharashtra.
"There is no guarantee on what Pawar will say and when. After the severe drubbing in Maharashtra (during the Lok Sabha polls), he has lost his bearings. There was a killing in Maharashtra. How is the Modi government related to it? It is Pawar's rule in the state. The home minister RR Patil belongs to his party. This means that such killings are a failure of his government," the editorial charged, adding that Modi was not ruling in Delhi when rationalist and anti-superstition crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar was killed in Pune, with his murderers still at large, or when the 26/11 terror attacks occured.
"The responsibility of the murder in Pune lies with the state government. Pawar is making a laughing stock of himself by pinning the blame on Modi. He must not vent his spleen unnecessarily like Hafiz Saeed and destroy his remaining prestige," the editorial further read.