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Updated: August 1, 2013 09:35 IST

Shobhaa De’s tweet triggers uproar

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Shobhaa De

A tweet from writer Shobhaa De on Wednesday stirred up the political circles in Maharashtra.

“Maharashtra and Mumbai??? Why not? Mumbai has always fancied itself as an independent entity, anyway. This game has countless possibilities,” tweeted Ms. De after the announcement of Telangana State.

Her comment angered all political leaders, with the Shiv Sena even demanding that a case be registered against her. “It’s not quite as easy as getting a divorce,” replied Raj Thackeray, president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, to Ms. De.

Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut claimed her tweet as a betrayal of Maharashtra. “Sena will bring her back to senses if she is still under the influence of ‘peg’ from her page 3 parties,” he said.

The BJP, which has supported the formation of smaller States, too, reacted sharply against Ms. De. “We do not want to suppress the freedom of expression. One hundred and five martyrs sacrificed their lives for the formation of Maharashtra with Mumbai. Her statement is utterly wrong and should be condemned. The government must take legal action against her,” said BJP MLC Ashish Shelar.

The Nationalist Congress Party executive president Jitendra Awhad said, “There is no need to take her comments seriously. Come what may, we will not let Mumbai separate from the rest of Maharashtra.”

I think Shobhaa De's tweet is a tongueincheek one which highlights the dangers associated with carving out new states and the "me too" demands that it generates. This is not in anyway to decry the creation of Telengana or that smaller states may be administratively more effective. The real need may be to really decentralize financial and administrative powers down to the Zilla Panchayat level and let people feel actually in control of their lives.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 14:01 IST

Nothing strange from BJPShiv Sena combine leaders. Most Indians know they have little respect for right to free speech & expression. How can they when they profess to believe in Hindutva an antediluvian ideology long dead and buried. Even their own followers themselves don't practice it. But they are always busy in spreading communal poison among Indians. They can only hugely damage this country through their activities.

from:  Naimuddin Rangela
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 13:30 IST
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