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The green flags resembling the Pakistani National Flag ruled the Shiv Sena rally in Malegaon

(Photo: Zahoor Khan)

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Malegaon: Call it the dance of democracy or compulsion of politics, green flags resembling the Pakistani National Flag ruled the Shiv Sena (SS) rally in Malegaon on October 8, 2009 yesterday.


Shive Sena-BJP alliance had called an election rally yesterday for Dada Bhuse - Saffron Alliance's candidate in Malegaon (Outer) assembly constituency at College Ground in Malegaon Camp. The alliance had organised a mammoth gathering as Sena Organising President Udhav Thackeray was scheduled to address the rally. Udahav Thackeray could not come to Malegaon. But the green flags resembling the Pakistani Flags surprised everyone who saw the rally.


"No country in the world including Pakistan have any monopoly on green flags. The flags which were seen in the Sena rally yesterday are used by Muslims on some occasions like Eid-e-Milad. However the saffron parties have always created hue and cry whenever such flags are spotted in Muslim localities. At some places their storm against green flags had even resulted in communal unrest. Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has always termed these localities as 'Mini Pakistan'. Why he is now silent when the same green flags are used by his own party men?", asked Naveed Anjum, a local resident.


Dr. Altaf Ansari, a local medical practitioner is more harsh in his reactions.  "No Muslim in India has any love for national flags of other countries. Also, the green flags are nothing to do with Islam. However, the Shiv Sena and BJP have always used such things for targeting the Muslims. Using green flags have always been a crime and an act no less than anti-national. What happened now? The same act is not a crime since it is suiting their interests?" he observed sarcastically.


Green Flags along with the Sena-BJP Alliance's saffron flags ruled the Sena rally in Malegaon on October 8, 2009. (Photo Zahoor Khan)


Malegaon (outer) assembly constituency has over 2,98,000 votes including over 50,000 Muslim voters. Dada Bhuse - the sitting MLA from the constituency is pitted against Prashant Hirey of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Suresh Nikam of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Use of green flags is being termed as an act to woo these 50,000 plus voters.


"If Sena played the divisive politics, it was to grab the power. It may be a ploy to garner the Muslim support. But it is good sign they are now accommodating", said Jameel Ansari.


When sought his reactions on the green flags, Dada Bhuse said, "I am getting the support of the people from all accros the society. The flags in the rally are the indications that I represent every cast and religion."


Interestingly, the Sena mouthpiece is totally silent on the whole issue. Otherwise, last week when the reports came that a Muslim candidate fighting the assembly elections on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ticket is using Urdu banners and pamphlets in the campaigning, it was violently crying.









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Its a good sign that they are displaying openly that without our help
they cannot get POWER . Now Muslims must choose only those candidates who are good, committed for their issues and developments, irrespective of their party representations. Each vote must be caste in correct manner.


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