Striking on its Hindutva agenda, the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded that India be declared a "Hindu Rashtra." His comments comes in an interview to the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna'. He also accused the Narendra Modi-led government of failing to stand up for the rights of Hindus in the country.
He said that, "We have no other alternative but to declare India a Hindu Rashtra. Indians have been beating the drum of secularism loudly for long and Hindus have suffered enough in the (secularism) fold."
"Who is accountable for this (Kashmir situation)? Amaranth Yatra has been suspended, Hindus are being beaten, jawans attacked. Everyone had hoped that after a change in government, the scenario would change," Thackeray said.
"'Now onwards, Hindus will not be targeted', this is what BJP, which is in power at the Centre as well as in the state (Kashmir), had asserted. But, Hindus are in trouble in the Valley," claimed Uddhav.
"No one can understand what is happening and who is doing what. The dispensation has changed, but has the life of commoner got changed?" he asked.
"We took the brickbats and faced all the troubles (for Hindus) but now others are enjoying (the benefits). For how long will this continue?" he asked.
Replying to a question, if he was hinting at Modi, the 56-year-old leader said, "I am talking about the political leadership of the country in total. Our Prime Minister visits all the states of the country, including Kashmir. But why he doesn't stand behind the Kashmiri Hindus at this time (of crisis)."