IndiaNewsNetwork.IN Bureau | 21st Oct 2015: Reacting to the aggressive response of the Shiv Sena in Mumbai, Arshi Khan today tweeted, “It is really sad what the Shiv Sena is doing in Mumbai. Ruining Mumbai’s image globally just to win some local support. I think Udhav Thackeray has become senile,” she tweeted.
When IndiaNewsNetwork.IN contacted Arshi Khan on phone, she reiterated her statement adding that Udhav Thackeray must first talk to his political partner in Maharashtra – the BJP. Thackeray is making it difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am surprised that Modi is keeping mum on this issue which seems to be blowing out of proportion and creating a PR problem for India internationally.
Arshi Khan today strongly condemned the Shiv Sena’s stand against Pakistani artistes, singers and cricketers and the hooliganism of the political party, in the strongest words possible.
Arshi who started with a protest on Twitter with a barrage of tweets against the Shiv Sena’s “dastardly and cowardly act” of smearing Sudheendra Kulkarni – chairman of the Observer Research Foundation’s face with black ink, also tweeted: “I am pro-Pakistan, which sainik wants to splash ink on my face” today extended her protest on Twitter against the Shiv Sena led BCCI protest.
A group of Shiv Sainiks stormed the BCCI office ahead of the scheduled meeting and gheraoed BCCI chief Shashank Manohar. While the Shiv Sena maintained that the protest was in line with its nationalistic politics of not resuming normal relations with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism and border skirmishes stop, the BJP sang a different tune, with the governnment promising security for matches if they decide to play in Mumbai.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, IPL Chairman and senior Board member Rajiv Shukla said the talks will be held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
In response the ICC on Monday withdrew Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the remaining two matches of the ongoing one-day series between India and South Africa in the wake of Shiv Sena gheraoing BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.
Dar, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three matches and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on 22 and 25 October , respectively.
The ICC made the decision following Monday’s incident in Mumbai where a group of Sena activists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.
Pakistani cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar will also leave after the fourth ODI and won’t be present in Mumbai for their commentary assignments.
The Shiv Sena said it will continue its protests against cultural ties with Pakistan. The party said it would not allow Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to promote their upcoming films in Mumbai. Fawad, who made his Bollywood debut with the 2014 film “Khoobsurat”, has more Hindi films in his kitty including Dharma Productions’ “Kapoor & Sons” and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
On the other hand, Mahira is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Rahul Dholakia’s “Raees”, in which she stars along side Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
The Shiv Sena’s politics of intimidation has strained ties between the party and its ally BJP. The Sena is part of the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra and the chief minister has said that the Sena’s actions have brought a bad name to the state.
“We have taken a stand not to allow any Pakistani actor, cricketer or performer to step on Maharashtra soil,” said Chitrapat Sena general secretary Akshay Bardapurkar,
The Shiv Sena had prevented legendary Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali from performing in Mumbai earlier this month.