Mumbai: Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray Wednesday demanded an apology from former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis over his remarks asking the Shiv Sena to wear bangles. Aaditya said that many strong women wear bangles and hence, it should not be ridiculed. However, Mr Fadnavis said that the Sena leader is only trying to divert attention from the Veer Savarkar issue.
The Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly asked the question following the Sena’s silence over a communal remark by AIMIM leader Waris Pathan. Mr Fadnavis said that the Sena may have worn bangles but the BJP would not keep quiet about the issue.
Addressing a rally at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai Tuesday, the BJP leader said that he is unable to understand what is happening under the watch of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government helmed by the Sena. “The Sena may have worn bangles on the issue. In fact, women don’t like the use of the phrase ‘wearing bangles’, hence, I will not use that phrase. The Sena may have been tight-lipped on the issue, but we will not keep quiet.”
Taking note of Mr Fadnavis’s comment, Aaditya expressed anger on his Twitter handle seeking an apology from Mr Fadnavis. “Shri @Dev_Fadnavis ji, normally I choose not to retaliate. Kindly apologise about the bangles comment: bangles are worn by the strongest of all the women. Politics can go on, but we need to change this discourse. Rather disgraceful coming from a former CM (sic),” he tweeted Wednesday.
When Mr Fadnavis was questioned about Aaditya’s demand for an apology, the former said, “I have very categorically said that nobody likes the ‘wearing bangles’ remark. Therefore, I did not use this phrase. I have said that they have kept their mouth shut. If Aaditya has heard my speech completely, he would not have demanded an apology.”