[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he breakdown of the Shiv Sena – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance in Mumbai and elsewhere cannot have taken place at a more inopportune time. At a time when there was an urgent need for the consolidation of patriotic forces, two nationalistic streams have decided to part ways. This has extremely serious implications for the nation in general and for the country’s commercial capital, Mumbai.
What is more ominous is the fact that the AIMIM is the political heir to the Razakar’s of Hyderabad who wanted the princely state to be a part of Pakistan.
The split in the saffron alliance is to be seen in the background of the determined bid by Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to emerge as a powerful political force in the metropolis. In his very first speech at the launch of his party’s campaign for the February 21 elections to the Mumbai municipal corporation, Owaisi set a brazenly communal agenda by demanding the allocation of Rs 3,000 crores (of the annual civic budget of about Rs 40,000 crores) for Muslims of Mumbai!! The AIMIM is clearly aiming to consolidate Muslim votes in the metropolis which were hitherto going to the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the National Congress Party (NCP) in varying degrees. The AIMIM’s agenda is clearly to divide the city on communal lines. What is more ominous is the fact that the AIMIM is the political heir to the Razakar’s of Hyderabad who wanted the princely state to be a part of Pakistan. It is the same party whose leader, Akbaruddin Owaisi, who openly declared not long back that if the security forces do not interfere for 15 minutes then the Hindu population will be wiped out!! If this venom is allowed to spread not only would it make mince meat of Mumbai’s secular ethos, but also destroy the commercial capital of the country. And that has deep implications for the Indian economy.
If this national disaster is to be averted then the AIMIM’s insidious agenda has got to be thwarted politically and that can be done only and only by the Shiv Sena.
Let’s face facts. The BJP is not at all strong enough in Mumbai to capture the BMC on its own. The Shiv Sena with its powerful network of shakhas is organizationally much more powerful. In 1993 when the ISI acting through its proxy, Dawood Ibrahim, unleashed riots with a view to destroy Mumbai, it was the Shiv Sena which powerfully countered the sinister plot. And now one more attempt is being made by vested interests to communally cannibalize Mumbai. Should nationalistic forces join ranks during this hour of need or split over a few seats here and there? Dr. Subramanian Swamy always held the Shiv Sena in high esteem and for solid reasons. The BJP would do well to think politically like Dr Swamy.
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