Saamana also clarified that it has always defended Indira Gandhi. (File photo: PTI)
The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana on Friday said that it was good to see that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took offence to comments made about former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. We welcome this move by BJP. We are happy that the BJP is now close to the former PM, the party said in the editorial.
Those who once wanted to wipe out Indira Gandhi from the history of India are now expressing discontent on statement made on her, it said.
Saamana also clarified that it has always defended Indira Gandhi.
"Shiv Sena has always respected the personality and guidance of Indira. Whenever Indira Gandhi was criticized, Sena defended her. Sena doesn't use Shivaji or Gandhi for convenience like other parties," the mouthpiece said.
The editorial also said that the BJP has asked five questions to the Congress on the statement made by Sena leader Sanjay Raut that Indira Gandhi met underworld don Karim Lala often.
"In politics, can't say who will meet home and when. If this was not the case, then Modi and Shah wouldn't have made a government with Mehbooba Mufti on whom there are allegations of terrorism and separatism," the editorial said.
The party also went on to say that in the 60s Karim Lala was a Pathan leader based in Mumbai. "He was inspired by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. Khan was on the view that nation shouldn't be made based on religion. He had also said that Pathan community will not be happy staying in Pakistan," the editorial said.
"Who Indira Gandhi met as the PM shouldn't be a controversy. Because as the PM, you have to meet different stakeholders to solve different problems," the editorial further said.