In a dig at the BJP over the ‘attack’ on Amarnath Yatris, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has asked the senior ally of his party to send ‘gau rakshaks’ to fight militants in the Valley, Huffington post reported.
Seven Amarnath Yatris, including six women, were killed and 19 injured after a bus they were travelling in came under cross fire between suspected militants and forces in southern part of Kashmir’s Islamabad district on late Monday evening.
While five of the deceased hailed from Gujarat, two were from Maharashtra.
“They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the attack. Should we understand that none of those (attackers) would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?”
“The issue of ‘gau rakshaks’ is raging today. Why don’t you send these vigilantes to fight militants?” Thackeray questioned while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals.
Thackeray, whose party shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP, further said, “If the BJP government can talk to separatists in the Kashmir Valley to resolve their issues, they can certainly talk with those wishing to celebrate the Ganesh festival amidst fanfare”.