Split in Shiv Sena; Entire N India unit resigns

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New Delhi, Mar 26: In a major blow to the Shiv Sena, the entire North India units, including in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, split from the main party over the attacks on North Indian and Hindi-speaking people by Sena and MNS members in Maharashtra.

''The Shiv Sena has become a Private Limited Company of some people.... it has limited itself to Maharashtra alone deviating from the main nationalist policies of the party. Balasaheb Thackeray seems to be bogged down by some thing he is towing Uddhav's line only,'' North India Shiv Sena president Jai Bhagwan Goyal told a news conference here. ''We don't want to be part of a party which wants to divide India once again... There is no difference between Shiv Sena and terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab's Khalistan Comando Force who are demanding a separate nation,'' Mr Goyal added. He accused Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray of working hand-in-glove with estranged nephew and MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray in attacking North Indians. ''We tried to get in touch with him but could not.... Our views were not allowed to reach him.... It appears that he is also working in collusion with Raj and Uddhav in attacking North Indians to capture Marathi votes,'' he added.

Announcing that a new party-- ''Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena''-- will be launched soon, Mr Goyal said it will contest the year-end Assembly polls as well as the general elections.

Claiming that more than one lakh North Indian Shiv Sena members supported him, he said functionaries from Jharkhand, Haryana, Delhi Punjab and Himachal Pradesh had resigned.

Mr Goyal parried queries on whether he would join or merge his new party with the BJP, saying ''let the new party be launched now is not the time to discuss these issues.

Describing as ''demeaning and inhuman'' the attitude of the Shiv Sena and MNS towards North Indians, he said the sentiments of North Indian party workers were ''deeply hurt''.

''Every slap on a North India or his insult is my personal insult.... It will not be tolerated any more,'' he added.

Warning against any more attacks on North Indians in Maharashtra, he said Shive Sena and MNS should remember that Marathi people live in other parts of the country.

''We were quiet so far because we were part of Shiv Sena but not any more.... They should remember that MPs from that state and Marathis live in North India also,'' he added.

Severely criticising Mr Bal Thackery, Mr Goyal said the Shiv Sena had lost its purpose of fighting for the cause of Hindus. ''Balasaheb wanted to fight for the cause of Hindus but during the past three months it appears that India was heading for yet another partition,'' he added. ''Its main aim now is to split the country on the basis of region, language and caste... I joined Shiv Sena 26 years ago to strengthen Hindutva, our national language Hindi and overall unification of the country,'' Mr Goyal said.

He claimed that Shiv Sainiks, who had contributed to the growth of party, in North felt ''betrayed and let down''.

''What will happen to India if this continues. India is not defined by Maharashtra alone. Indian citizens are fully entitled to live and work anywhere in the country without fear and apprehension,'' he added.

Mr Goyal said the new outfit will pursue policies of fighting for Hindus and working for strengthening India and its culture.

About the launch date of the party, he said at present formalities of registering it with the Election Commission were in progress and the process was taking time.

UNI

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