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May 17, 2012

'Why no case against Bal Thackeray, Pravin Togadia for provocative speeches', asks Abu Asim Azmi at Mumbai rally

Why not Thackeray, Togadia?
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi has said that the Congress-NCP led Maharashtra government never registered a case against Bal Thackeray despite his extreme provocation and incendiary speeches.

Azmi, who was recently sentenced in a case that was registered against him almost 12 years ago, said that instead he was booked though the speech he delivered at Nagpada was not at all divisive or against any community.

Addressing the 'Rally against Injustice', Azmi said that speeches fanning hatred among religious communities were overlooked and there was never an action taken, even prosecution sanction was not given in such cases but when it came to him (Azmi), the case reached courts after selective interpretation of the speech.

Azmi read out excerpts from Thackeray's newspaper 'Saamna' and said that these articles that aimed at dividing society and that used extremely foul language were never considered as provocative, suggesting a deep bias in the state government's action.

The chief of Maharashtra unit of Samajwadi Party said that speeches that disturbed peace in the society and hurt communal amity are conveniently ignored. He cited examples of right-wing Hindutva affiliated leaders' inflammatory speeches and offensive comments.

That VHP leader Ashok Singhal and Pravin Togadia were not prosecuted or even charged despite delivering anti-Muslim speeches was mentioned at the rally held at Azad Maidan. The SP leader later sent a memorandum to the Maharashtra Chief Minister in this regard.

TIH Bureau

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