Clarify stand on turban: NCP to Sena

Mumbai: As the Shiv Sena slammed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for his turban politics at a rally in Pune, NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday asked the Sena to clarify its stand as whether it accepts the ideology behind the turban or not.

“Mahatma Phule was the leader of smaller and marginalised communities. His turban symbolises the battle for the justice of the downtrodden. The Sena leadership should clarify whether it accepts the Phule turban or not,” Mr. Malik said.

In an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena slammed Mr. Pawar. “Lokmanya Tilak used to wear Puneri turban. He was leader of bahujan samaj. Even Gandhiji’s guru Namdar Gokhale too wear Puneri turban. So, Mr. Pawar’s intention to give a subtle message belittles his stature in state politics,” the editorial said.

The controversy started after Mr. Pawar handed over a Phule turban to Chhagan Bhujbal and asked his party men to stop using Puneri turban. According to political observers, Mr. Pawar’s action indicated his thrust on OBC politics, realising that the Maratha community alone won’t help his party win elections.

The NCP spokesperson said the Sena had opposed the implementation of OBC and women reservation. “These are regressive thoughts of the Sena. If it has become like the RSS or VD Savarkar, then it is no wonder. The Sena leadership opposing a smaller community’s progress is part of their politics. But we will stand for the constitutional rights of the marginalised,” Mr. Malik said.

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