Print Journalist Defends Shiv Sainiks Hooliganism in Maharashtra
True to their reputation, the Shiv Sainiks began using street power and muscle to intimidate MPs who defected from the Uddhav Thackeray camp to support the “rebel” group Eknath Shinde. Supporters of Uddhav Thackeray have vandalized offices and defaced posters of ‘rebel’ MPs over the past two days as they rampaged through the streets of Maharashtra.
However, rather than exposing this thuggish behavior, a “journalist” affiliated with the left-leaning propaganda news site “The Print” continued to publicly sympathize with the Shiv Sena henchmen.
According to ANI, Shiv Sena’s goons today (June 25) vandalized the office of party MP Tanaji Sawant at Balaji Nagar area in Katraj, Pune. Sawant is one of the dissident state MPs currently camped in Guwahati, Assam along with other MPs who sided with Eknath Shinde.
#LOOK | Shiv Sena workers vandalize the office of party MP Tanaji Sawant in the Balaji area of Katraj, Pune. Sawant is one of the rebel MPs in the state and is currently camped in Guwahati, Assam. #MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis pic.twitter.com/LXRSLPxYJC
— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2022
In the video shared by ANI news agency, Shiv Sena goons can be seen charging into Tanaji Swant’s office while waving sticks, truncheons and the party’s saffron flag. They vandalize the walls outside the office with graffiti and smash the windows. The Shiv Saniks then storm into the office and vandalize it while shouting slogans against Sawant. They then pull out a poster of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray that was kept in the MP’s office and wave it in the air, brandishing slogans in favor of Uddhav Thackeray.
Justifying the act, Sanjay More, the leader of the Shiv Sena in Pune, threatened the other dissident MPs: “Our party employee vandalized the office of Tanaji Sawant. All the traitors and rebel deputies who troubled our leader Uddhav Thackeray will face this type of action. Their office will also be attacked… No one will be spared.
Our party employee vandalized Tanaji Sawant’s office. All the traitors and rebel deputies who troubled our leader Uddhav Thackeray will face this type of action. Their office will also be attacked… No one will be spared: Sanjay More, head of the city of Pune, Shiv Sena
— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2022
Also yesterday (June 24) Shiv Sena goons vandalized the board outside the office of Mangesh Kudalkar who is one of the rebel Shiv Sena MPs currently in Assam. Shiv Sainiks in Nashik was also seen throwing eggs and black ink at posters showing rebel leader Eknath Shinde. A few other Shiv Sainiks gathered in Chuna Bhatti area of Mumbai and shouted slogans against Mangesh Kudalkar.
Dilip Lande, another Shiv Sena MP representing Chandivali constituency in Mumbai, also faced the wrath of Shiv Sainiks. In Chandivali, they destroyed banners and posters of MP Dilip Lande. Somnath Sangle, a former Shiv Sena corporal, took Shiv Sainiks with him to Sakinaka to vandalize the Dilip Lande banners set up in that area.
As the Shiv Sainiks continue to resort to hooliganism and vandalism to intimidate MPs, Hemant Desai, a senior ‘journalist’ working for The Print, openly expressed his sympathy for these morons during a debate program hosted by India TV .
In an excerpt from the program shared on Twitter by popular user Amit Thadani, The Print’s “journalist” is heard saying that the Shiv Sainiks had no choice but to resort to violence. Hemant Desai is heard to say that he doubts that Shiv Sena workers have resorted to hooliganism in several places. He said that to his knowledge, Shiv Sainiks had only resorted to vandalism in Kurla.
Desai continued, “The latest hooliganism from their old position is insignificant. The level of uproar the Shiv Sainiks resorted to earlier was considerably more extreme.
“There have been fewer cases of hooliganism under the leadership of Uddhav Ji, and the Shiv Sena is much more moderate than it used to be,” the writer expressed his deepest sympathy with the supremo of the Shiv Sena and his henchmen, adding that while Aditya Thackeray is also opposed to violence, they currently have little choice but to adopt a mildly aggressive stance.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut threatens rebel MPs with violence
Notably, until yesterday, Rajya Sabha MP and Uddhav Thackeray loyalist Sanjay Raut implicitly threatened with violence party MPs who joined the rebel camp of Eknath Shinde.
Speaking to ANI on Friday, Raut, a member of Rajya Sabha from Sena, said, “The faction (Eknath Shinde) challenging us must realize that Shiv Sena workers are not on the roads yet. These battles are fought either through the law or on the roads. If necessary, our workers would come to the roads.
Similarly on Thursday, while speaking to NDTV, Sanjay Raut directly threatened rebel MPs with street violence. When asked whether or not Uddhav Thackeray would remain Chief Minister, he said: ‘All MPs come to the House. We will see then. Those MPs who left will eventually have to return to Maharashtra. They will find it difficult to return and move around Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, rebel Shiv Sena MP Eknath Shinde has informed that he has the support of 50 MPs, which is enough to oust the Maha Vikas Aghadi government from power.
He made the revelations during an exclusive phone conversation with TV9 Marathi. Shinde confirmed that around 40 of the deputies are from Shiv Sena. This implies that the rebel leader has the manpower to circumvent disciplinary action under the anti-defection law.
Apart from the Shiv Sena MPs, around 60 Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) members are also expected to join the rebel camp of Eknath Shinde.