Shiv Sena will not tolerate curbs on Hindu festivals, says Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray during a visit at Mumbai Metro Project 3 at Azad Maidan on Wednesday

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray during a visit at Mumbai Metro Project 3 at Azad Maidan on Wednesday

He also appeared criticising curbs on celebrations during Hindu festivals when he said, "The only things that they have not said till now are that tear off the "Panchang" (Almanac) because festivals are all humbug". They should say that also. After all, the festivals have already lost their sheen. He further challenged, "The excesses of peace would someday explode".

Mumbai (Maharashtra), October 12: Maharashtra's Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Thursday said that the sale or use of firecrackers would not be banned in the state, ahead of the festival of Diwali.

"Sanjay Raut and Raj Thackeray shouldn't worry much". He now gloats of the Hindutva ideology, "The party will not support anything that goes against Hindu sentiments".

While administering the oath of "Eco-friendly Diwali" to school children at Mantralaya on Tuesday, Kadam said, "I never said that the state government is contemplating on a ban". "I had said that the issue is sensitive one and if at all a ban is to be imposed, Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would discuss it and take a decision as it would be a policy decision", he said. "Our effort is towards spreading awareness so that less pollution is created", Kadam said.

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday paid a visit to the ongoing Metro 3 work at Azad Maidan. The party chief said that he was still not happy about the Metro auto shed being built at Aarey.

Reacting on the Sena's opposition to build metro auto depot at Aarey, Uddhav said, "I will visit Aarey soon".

Thackeray also said there were several complaints about damage to buildings due to underground work of the Metro 3 line. "If nature is being harmed due to this work, Shiv Sena will certainly oppose the work", Thackeray said.

Thackeray also demanded that the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC) should be taken into consideration for the metro work. "However, the officers are taking good care to avoid any mishap", he added.

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