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Sena slams BJP MP Poonam Mahajan over 'urban Maoists' remarks

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Hitting back at Poonam Mahajan who blamed "urban Maoists" for recent stir by farmers in Maharashtra, the today asked if Devendra could be dubbed a "Maoism supporter" by the same logic as he has accepted the demands of the protesters.

"The held a meeting with the protesters and agreed to accept their demands. Does this mean that he supports Maoism and thereby has committed a sin?" the Sena questionned in an editorial published in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' today.

Mahajan, the from North Central, stirred a controversy when she said that farmers were being misled by some "urban Maoists".

Thousands of farmers had taken out a Long March from to Mumbai, a distance of 180 kms, which culminated in on Monday.

The huge support received by the protest, organised by Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), forced the BJP-led state government to accept almost all demands of the agitating farmers, including a complete loan waiver and transfer of forest land rights to tribals tilling them.

Drawing an analogy between the incident of razing of Lenin's statue in and protesting farmers in Maharashtra, the Sena said, "Protesting farmers hailed the same ideology and chanted slogans in the name of The CM praised the sons of and accepted their demands. This means that felling statues does not finish an ideology".

While Mahajan equated the march of farmers with urban Maoism, there was not a single anti-national slogan shouted during the protest, the edit said.

"should ask to send Indian armed forces to for safeguarding rashtra," it said.

In a dig at Narendra Modi, the Sena said, "At a time when is posing a challenge in neighbouring and by sowing Maoism, our is playing Holi with visiting of France".

Taking a swipe at former Naresh Agrawal, who joined the recently, the Sena said people like him are "more dangerous than Maoists".

"It does not befit a party, which laid down a red carpet for a man who insulted Lord and the Indian army, to link the protest march of farmers with Maoism," the Sena said.

On a day he joined the BJP, Agrawal kicked up a storm by belittling over her renomination to Rajya Sabha by the Akhilesh Yadav-led party.

He later expressed regret over his comments after his comments on Bachchan's Bollywood background led to a huge outrage.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 22:15 IST