Ex-Navy man affirms support for BJP-RSS
   Date :16-Sep-2020

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Retired Navy officer Madan Sharma who was beaten up allegedly by Shiv Sena workers met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI)
FORMER Navy man Madan Sharma, who was recently attacked by Shiv Sena workers, on Tuesday said he will associate with the BJP and RSS from now on. Sharma, who met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan, along with local BJP leaders Mangal Prabhat Lodha and Atul Bhatkhalkar, said he wants stringent action against those who assaulted him. “From today onwards, I am with BJP-RSS. When I was beaten up, they had levelled allegations that I am with BJP- RSS.
So I am with BJP-RSS from now on,” Sharma (62) told reporters. In a letter submitted to Koshyari, he said he did not get justice from Maharashtra Government and requested the Governor to convey his displeasure over the issue to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. In the letter, Sharma said he suffered eye and back injuries in the attack by the Shiv Sena workers. He claimed that instead of taking action against the assailants, police came to arrest him an hour after the incident. He said police filed a case against the Sena workers only after he raised the issue with Bhatkhalkar, who is a local BJP MLA.
Sharma said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to him over phone and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale met him at his residence to enquire about his health after the incident. However, no Minister or leader from Maharashtra called or empathised with him after the incident, Sharma added. Sharma also claimed that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said he was not a Navy man, thereby insulting him and other ex-servicemen. “They defended the incident and now they are also threatening me. This shows that I won’t get justice of any kind from the Maharashtra Government,” Sharma said.
“Hence, I request you that you express displeasure over the incident to Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Thackeray and instruct to take strict action against the attackers so that I get justice,” he wrote in the letter to Koshyari. Speaking to reporters after meeting Koshayri, Sharma alleged the law and order situation in the State has weakened in the past one year. “When I was beaten, they (Sena) had accused me of belonging to RSS-BJP. Today, I declare, I will be associated with the RSS-BJP now on,” he said. He said all ex-servicemen are associated with the RSS-BJP now and they will not allow injustice to be meted out to common people.
Sharma was attacked here on Friday after posting on his housing society’s WhatsApp group a cartoon lampooning Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. After the attack in north Mumbai’s Kandivli suburb, Sharma had demanded that the Chief Minister apologise to him and the country. He had also said that Thackeray should quit his post if he was unable to uphold law and order in the State. Six Shiv Sena workers have been arrested in connection with the incident.