Clarifying that demand for burqa-ban made in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana was not that of Sena or its chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv-Sena-leader Sanjay Raut said, “The burqa-ban was not the demand of Shiv-Sena or Uddhav Thackeray. Saamana just published an analysis of the developments in Sri Lanka.
As reported by NDTV, Raut, who is Marathi daily’s executive-editor stated this in his weekly-column-published in Saamna’s Sunday edition.
Saamana editorial on Wednesday had demanded that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi follow Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s footsteps and ban burqas and other face-veils in India considering the “threat” they pose to the nation’s security.
Sri Lanka banned face veil in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed over 250 people.
The editorial created a flutter and drew sharp reactions from various quarters with hundreds of Muslim women staging protest at Mumbra on Friday.