13 April, Mumbai
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has condemned the Shiv Sena’s demand that voting rights of Muslims should be revoked as the community has often been used to play vote bank politics and said that snatching away the fundamental right is a threat to the nation’s democracy.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged that the Shiv Sena wants to end democracy and bring in the rule of German dictator Adolf Hitler.
“To snatch away the right of voting from the Muslims is a threat to the democracy. If voting rights of the special sections are snatched away, it only indicates that they want to end the democracy and bring in the Hitler rule and the people will not accept it,” he told the media.
Another NCP leader Tariq Anwar echoing similar sentiments also lashed out at the Shiv Sena.
“Shiv Sena leaders have lost their thinking. The nation works on the principles of the Constitution. Will it work according to them (Shiv Sena)?” he asked.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, however, justified his party’s stand and claimed that the community’s condition would never improve as long as the vote bank politics continues in India.
“If Muslims are only being used this way to play politics, then they can never develop. Muslims will have no future till they are used to play vote bank politics and thus Balasaheb had once said to withdraw Muslims voting rights. What he said is right,” an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said on Sunday.