After slamming meat ban Shiv Sena tries to make up with Jain community
A month after attacking the Jain community over the ban on meat sale during paryushan, Shiv Sena has tried to build bridges with the community on Thursday as Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated a sports event organised by Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO).
Mumbai: A month after attacking the Jain community over the ban on meat sale during paryushan, Shiv Sena has tried to build bridges with the community on Thursday as Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated a sports event organised by Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO).
“There is a strong bond between Shiv Sena and the Jain community. The bond will not break even if some body tries to spoil it. It will remain intact,” Aaditya said at the event. The event was organised by JITO, a body of top Jain industrialists, builders and leaders, at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Worli in South Mumbai.
In September, the Shiv Sena had aggressively criticised to the eight days meat ban demand made by Jain community, which is backed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during paryushan. However, the Sena ruled Brihanmubai Municipal Corporation announced four days ban during paryushan which did not go well with the party workers. Subsequently, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said that they would not allow meat ban because it's the primary food of the Marathi people in Mumbai. The row over the issue was resolved after Jain community leaders met the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
The party had also attacked the Jain community through its mouthpiece, Saamana, saying that Jains must not follow the path of Muslims and become fanatics. “Until now, only fanatic Muslims used to bully people in the name of religion. If the Jains too are going on the path of Muslims, then God save them. During the 1992-93 Mumbai riots, Marathis had protected Jains, who were saved because violence had been answered by violence. At that time too 'Paryushan' was on. But Jains were at the forefront of supporting violence then," an editorial in Saamna said.
Rajesh Vardhan, co-convenor of event, said that though the issue was over after the controversy, we organised the event to improve the ties with Sena. “Sena doesn’t have any problem with Jain community. After the issue of meat ban sale, there were some differences and misunderstandings between the community and Sena,” said Vardhan.
So, we decided organise a sports activity and invited Aaditya Thackeray. He immediately accepted the invite and also enjoyed the activity, he added.
Sena leaders say that there has been anger against the Jain community across the city as they are not allowing non-vegetarians in their housing societies. So, we had to raise the issue for the cause of Marathi people. Though we have opposed to the eight days meat sale ban during paryushan, the community has been bank rolling the Hindutva parivar for a long time. So, Sena won’t afford to lose Jain community’s support, said a leader adding that the community also can’t afford to have Sena and MNS against it.
Political analysts say that it is imperative for Sena to get the Jain community’s backing ahead of the upcoming elections of civic bodies including Mumbai. “It is imperative for Sena to get backing of Jain community. But, for political purposes, Sena will side with the Marathi people to ensure their vote bank remains intact. Sena has never broken its ties with the Jain community. It’s a political tactic and that’s how the political parties are operating nowadays,” said Prakash Bal, a political analyst.
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