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Sena rebukes Sanjay Raut over burqa editorial

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday rebuked Sanjay Raut, its Rajya Sabha member and editor of the party’s mouthpiece, Saamana, for calling for a ban on burqa in a piece of writing.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena leader Aditya Thackeray have been reportedly angry that Raut was once straying from the party line, in step with senior party functionary.

“He has been served a warning to not start creating insurance policies on his personal, another way motion would be due,” the functionary told Mumbai Mirror.

“This is obviously out of line He was once given the sternest possible warning. One more such editorial and it could truly be the top of the line for him.”

While both Uddhav and Aditya, who are currently in another country, didn't speak without delay to Raut, the “message of the leadership has been conveyed to him”, the functionary mentioned.

In the editorial Raut, who's the manager editor of Saamna, known as for a ban on burqa and endorsed a identical plan being considered through the Sri Lankan government within the wake of the Easter terror attacks, which killed more than 250 other people. He didn't consult Uddhav or Aditya before writing the editorial, the functionary mentioned.

“This restriction has been really useful as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces don't come upon difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face mask or burqas could pose a danger to nationwide security,” the editorial mentioned.

An embarrassed Shiv Sena distanced itself from the editorial and claimed that it wasn’t the party’s view but the “personal opinion” of the editor.

“Every policy decision is discussed within the leader’s assembly or announced through Uddhav Thackerayji. Today’s editorial has neither been discussed nor been announced through Uddhavji and thus it can be a personal opinion of the editor on the present affairs in Sri Lanka,” party spokesperson Neelam Gorhe mentioned in a remark.

“This isn't the first time that Raut has embarrassed the party,” every other functionary mentioned.

“He did a identical factor in 2014 soon after the Lok Sabha election when he questioned the loyalty of the Gujarati other people in Maharashtra. Uddhavji is travelling at the moment and he has asked Raut to chorus from writing such editorials, which injury the party’s image at a time when Adityaji is trying onerous to present the Sena a more inclusive makeover. Raut has been asked to not exceed his brief.

“The leadership would possibly take editorial keep an eye on of the paper soon since Raut has refused to fall in line in spite of repeated warnings.”

Despite the warning, however, Raut continued to tweet on the issue. “It’s a Saamna editorial. Has to be mentioned,” he tweeted.


Not the first time…

In 2014, a Saamna editorial accused the Gujarati neighborhood of exploiting Mumbai to earn wealth and no longer wanting to belong to the city. “The Gujarati and different trader communities in Maharashtra, which united with satisfaction as Gujaratis for (Narendra Modi), must now come together for Shivray's (Chhatrapati Shivaji) Maharashtra and sign up for within the celebrations on Maharashtra's foundation day,” it mentioned.

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