Mumbai, April 9: A day after writer Shobhaa De spoke against the Maharashtra government, Shiv Sena lashed out at her saying that 'had Bal Thackeray not done "dadagiri" to preserve Marathi culture, her forefathers would "have been born in Pakistan" and she would have "attended Page-3 parties in a burqa".
Speaking to Times Now, De on Thursday said that the Shiv Sena is using her for publicity. "Shiv Sena is using me to get publicity. I have always supported Marathi films," she said.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena protested outside her residence and even presented her with some Maharashtrian food. De tweeted a picture of the food saying:
Thank you , Shiv Sena. Delicious! pic.twitter.com/efEy7vuQ5w— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
She said that she has not said anything that it 'anti-Maharashtrian'.
Shiv Sena workers said that they would continue to protest against her. "Shobhaa De's statement is an insult to Marathi language and Marathi culture," said Sanjay Raut.
The ruling alliance partner had on Wednesday sought to move a breach of privilege motion against the well-known novelist, taking objection to her tweet on Maharashtra government's decision to screen Marathi films during prime time.
She even ridiculed saying that the Maharashtra government will ban pop corn and will serve Maharashtrian food to go with the Marathi films.