IndiaNewsNetwork.IN Bureau | 20th Oct 2015: Mumbai-based model and actress Arshi Khan has strongly condemned the Shiv Sena’s stand against Pakistani artistes, singers and cricketers and the hooliganism of political party, in the strongest words possible.
Arshi who started with a protest on Twitter with a barrage of tweets against the Shiv Sena’s “dastardly and cowardly act” of smearing Sudheendra Kulkarni – chairman of the Observer Research Foundation’s face with black ink, also tweeted: “I am pro-Pakistan, which sainik wants to splash ink on my face” today extended her protest on Twitter against the Shiv Sena led BCCI protest.
According to a report in The Hindu, a week after it attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni with black paint, the Shiv Sena on Monday torpedoed yet another attempt to revive non-political ties with Pakistan, and succeeded in forcing the BCCI to reschedule its talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board, embarrassing ally BJP.
A group of Shiv Sainiks stormed the BCCI office ahead of the scheduled meeting and gheraoed BCCI chief Shashank Manohar. While the Shiv Sena maintained that the protest was in line with its nationalistic politics of not resuming normal relations with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism and border skirmishes stop, the BJP sang a different tune, with the governnment promising security for matches if they decide to play in Mumbai.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, IPL Chairman and senior Board member Rajiv Shukla said the talks will be held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
In response the ICC on Monday withdrew Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the remaining two matches of the ongoing one-day series between India and South Africa in the wake of Shiv Sena gheraoing BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and forcing cancellation of talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan.
Dar, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had officiated in the first three matches and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on 22 and 25 October , respectively.
The ICC made the decision following Monday’s incident in Mumbai where a group of Sena activists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.
Pakistani cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar will also leave after the fourth ODI and won’t be present in Mumbai for their commentary assignments.
The Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appealed for calm and restraint, and asked people to engage in “debate, not vandalism”
The Shiv Sena said it will continue its protests against cultural ties with Pakistan. The party said it would not allow Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to promote their upcoming films in Mumbai. Fawad, who made his Bollywood debut with the 2014 film “Khoobsurat”, has more Hindi films in his kitty including Dharma Productions’ “Kapoor & Sons” and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
On the other hand, Mahira is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Rahul Dholakia’s “Raees”, in which she stars along side Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
A day after 10 Shiv Sena workers were arrested for allegedly storming into the BCCI office in Mumbai and protesting against planned talks with PCB chief Shaharyar Khan, police on Tuesday arrested 9 more party workers, including four ‘shakha pramukhs’
The Shiv Sena’s politics of intimidation has strained ties between the party and its ally BJP. The Sena is part of the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra and the chief minister has said that the Sena’s actions have brought a bad name to the state.
“We have taken a stand not to allow any Pakistani actor, cricketer or performer to step on Maharashtra soil,” said Chitrapat Sena general secretary Akshay Bardapurkar,
The Shiv Sena had prevented legendary Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali from performing in Mumbai earlier this month.