Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Those who do not respect Veer Savarkar should be thrashed publicly in chowks, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday, a day after the student wing of the Congress claimed it had blackened the freedom fighter's bust in Delhi University.

Thackeray said public thrashing of those insulting Savarkar, a revered figure in Maharashtra, will make them understand the value of freedom.

“Those who do not respect Savarkar should be thrashed publicly, in chowks (square). Till then they will not realise who had toiled to what extent to attain freedom for the country,"

Thackeray told reporters here. “These people, who insulted Savarkar -- whom Rahul Gandhi too had insulted -- will not understand the value of freedom till then," he added.

The Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India had on Thursday said it blackened the bust of Savarkar while garlanding those of Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, installed by the ABVP-led Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) at Delhi University. DUSU had installed these busts outside the Arts Faculty building on Tuesday.

NSUI and Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA) had criticised the move, saying Savarkar cannot be kept on the same pedestal as Bose and Singh.

Ajay Mishra, Vice President of NSUI Mumbai, said, “Being such a senior leader it is utterly shameful for Uddhav Thackeray to use such words, especially since Savarkar was one of the conspirators behind Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.”

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