On Friday, Shiv Sena launched a scathing attack on the Modi government over the recent 'cross border infiltration' and 'cease-fire violation' that killed Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana has said that despite the surgical strike and removal of Article 370, Pakistan has not learnt their lesson. In the editorial, Sena claimed that nearly 8 to 9 soldiers from Maharashtra were killed in J&K last month, blaming the central government for their deaths.
Saamna editorial stated, "In this encounter, two soldiers, including Sandeep Sawant, were martyred. In the past one month, 8-9 soldiers from Maharashtra have been martyred in Jammu and Kashmir, for which the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is not responsible. It is being said repeatedly that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control. But, what is the truth?"
The editorial also slammed the Modi government for misleading the nation over the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. The Saamana editorial alleged that 'all was not well in J&K', expressing concern over the continued bloodshed with the Indian army paying a heavy price for the alleged lies being spread by the Modi dispensation.
"The New Year did not begin on a positive note in Kashmir. Our jawan from Satara, Sandip Sawant, attained martyrdom in Kashmir along with two other soldiers. In the last one month, seven to eight jawans from Maharashtra were killed in the line of duty. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra is not responsible for this," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
The party also questioned whether the situation in Kashmir has improved after the surgical strike and abrogation of Article 370 provisions. The party, however, maintained that scrapping Article 370 was a good move. India had conducted the surgical strike on September 29, 2016, across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to a terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir earlier that month.
Without naming the Centre, the Sena alleged, "Circulating news that only the Pakistanis were getting killed in Kashmir will not change the reality as tricolour-draped bodies of Indian soldiers, like Sawant, are reaching their respective villages." "There is a bloodshed along the Kashmir border and mounting anger among the families of martyred jawans. The perception that surgical strike will demoralise Pakistani terrorists has turned out to be an illusion. In fact, the (terror) attacks have increased," it added.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party accused the ruling BJP of boasting about straightening out Pakistan after the surgical strike. "But has Pakistan been really straightened out? Rather Pakistan has been indulging in ceasefire violations along the LoC every day," it added. The Shiv Sena also questioned the government's claim that the situation in Kashmir was under control after the nullification of Article 370.
"It is good that Article 370 was scrapped. Before that, surgical strike was carried out in Pakistan. But has the situation in Kashmir improved? The terror attacks continue. It's only that there is a control in reporting (these incidents)," it said.
At the end of the editorial, Shiv Sena also pointed out that the newly appointed Army chief Mukund Naravane had mentioned that we need to keep a close eye on our borders with China but our borders with Pakistan has seen a lot of Indian blood and action must be taken over it.