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‘Govts Are Not Overthrown By Maoists But By People’: Shiv Sena’s Dig At Modi Govt Over Alleged Naxal Plot

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday took aim at the Bharatiya Janata Party over the recent crackdown against alleged Maoist sympathisers, with the party advising its ally in its editorial mouthpiece Saamana that it should stop harping on the alleged plot to overthrow the Union government.

The Shiv Sena asked the Narendra Modi-led NDA government to stop saying “Maoists wanted to overthrow your government”. It said the Manmohan Singh government wasn’t overthrown by Maoists or their sympathisers but by the people of India. “It is people who overthrow governments,” the Maharashtra party said, in a message to the Modi government.

The Shiv Sena asked the Narendra Modi-led NDA government to stop saying “Maoists wanted to overthrow your government”. It said the Manmohan Singh government wasn’t overthrown by Maoists or their sympathisers but by the people of India. “It is people who overthrow governments,” the Maharashtra party said, in a message to the Modi government.

The Shiv Sena said former PMs Indira and Rajiv Gandhi used to take some risks and paid the price for it. However, PM Modi doesn’t take those type of risks. “If Maoists really had the power to overthrow governments, then they would not have lost in West Bengal, Tripura and Manipur. So, the police should hold their tongue and keep working or else the BJP will be laughed at,” the editorial said.

The editorial came a day after a Pune court granted the police 90-day extension for filing the chargesheet in the Maoist-linked arrests. The police had arrested five persons in June in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence of January 1 earlier this year and the alleged Maoist plot to assassinate PM Modi.

The Pune Police had arrested Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in June in connection with the Elgar Parishad conclave organised in Pune on December 31 last year. According to police, inflammatory speeches were made at the conclave that triggered violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune the next day.

Last month on August 28, the police arrested another five alleged Left-wing activists including Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navalakha from different places across the country. The Supreme Court has directed that the five be kept under house arrest till September 6.

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