MNS demands apology from British newspaper for remarks on Ganapati

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Mumbai, Jan 16 (UNI) Demanding apology from a British news daily, which allegedly published some 'offending remarks' against the Ganapti festival in one of its recent editions, activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena today held protests near the British High Commission here, demanding the intervention from the British Government in the issue.

Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena is the students wing of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

''In the memorandum that we have submitted today, we have served a 48-hour ultimatum on the Commission, urging it to take a serious note of the newspaper article, which has hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community worldwide,'' Sandeep Deshpande, Vice President of the student wing, said.

He said, ''The newspaper has indulged in a heinous act by publishing such derogatory remarks and maligning the image of our God, and also the Indian/Asian community. We have urged the British Government to make the newspaper publish an apology on the front page of the newspaper.'' Mr Deshpande added the MNS activists have urged Bollywood icons like Amitabh Bachchan and other stars, whose wax statues are installed at London's Tussaud Museum, to withdraw the statues, as a mark of protest.

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