The alleged provocative statement of “15 crore Muslims’ power” by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, Waris Pathan, did not go well with the staunch Hindutva party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande stepped forward to confront Pathan in a tit-for-tat manner. The MNS leader shared his objection to AIMIM leader’s alleged objectionable remark on Hindus.
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While admonishing Pathan over his controversial public remark, Deshpande stated that “stone would be answered with stone” while “sword will be answered with sword”. “वारीस पठाण यांना मनसे इशारा देऊ इच्छितो “दगडाच उत्तर दगडांनी आणि तलवारीला उत्तर तलवारीने” (MNS warns Waris Pathan that “stone will be answered with stone and sword will be answered with sword)” read the tweet from the MNS leader, Sandeep Deshpande.
वारीस पठाण यांना मनसे इशारा देऊ इच्छितो "दगडाच उत्तर दगडांनी आणि तलवारीला उत्तर तलवारीने"
— Sandeep Deshpande (@SandeepDadarMNS) February 20, 2020
Pathan had allegedly said, in a public gathering at Gulbarga district of Karnataka, that though Muslims are only 15 crore but can overpower 100 crore Hindus, reported ANI.
#WATCH AIMIM leader Waris Pathan: …They tell us that we've kept our women in the front – only the lionesses have come out&you're already sweating. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together. 15 cr hain magar 100 ke upar bhaari hain, ye yaad rakh lena.(15.2) pic.twitter.com/KO8kqHm6Kg
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
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The Muslim leader was addressing a gathering at Gulbarga district of Karnataka, where he went uncontrollable over Hindus and gave an alleged provocative speech against Hindus. After his remark attracted media’s lens and he faced backlashing from netizens, Pathan released a statement clarifying that his statement was “totally been quoted out of context” and that he can never, intentionally or unintentionally, make such statements. “I hereby wish to reiterate that I can never say anything intentionally or unintentionally that hurts the sentiments of any caste, community or gender.” tweeted Waris Pathan from his official Twitter handle.
My statement on media reports. pic.twitter.com/bK1X6olQym
— Waris Pathan (@warispathan) February 20, 2020
The MNS supremo, Raj Thackeray, in his massive public gathering, ‘Maha Morcha’, on February 9, at Azad Maidan, Mumbai had warned those opposing Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), of consequences if they continue their ‘violent’ protests against it. In his speech, Thackeray had also warned of “stone for stone and sword for sword” for those trying to protest in the violent manner. Around thousands of MNS workers and leaders were a part of the saffron turned party’s ‘Maha Morcha’. The agenda of the gathering was, according to MNS Supremo, to answer those who are gathering against CAA to show their power. The party supremo had demanded ouster of infiltrators from Bangladesh and Pakistan, from India.