Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today offered apology for a cartoon published in ‘Saamana’ that invited strong responses from a section of Maratha community.
Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece had published a controversial cartoon in last Sunday’s edition that allegedly mocked the Maratha protesters who organised silent marches across the state following the Kopardi rape and murder incident.
While talking to media persons at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Our intention was never to hurt or offend anyone through that cartoon. However, as the party president and editor of the newspaper, I tender an unconditional apology to the people of Maharashtra.”
In addition, a tweet attributed to him read as, “If the cartoon has hurt someone, I am really sorry for it.”
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Uddhav Thackeray also said that many have tried to hatch controversies since the cartoon was published, but the people of Maharashtra didn’t give into this or didn’t say anything against the party.
Following the publication of this controversial cartoon, the pro-Maratha social organisation ‘Sambhaji Brigade’ had attacked the ‘Saamana’ office in Navi Mumbai.
Protesters also burned the copies of the newspaper following the incident.
Here is a twitter updates on the protests happening across the state over the issue:
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The Excutive editor of Saamana, has not placed an apology regarding the matter. Raut alleged that opposition parties were pulling the strings from behind the scenes to make this issue as a controversy, media reports revealed.
Saamana had also mocked students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and used the caricature of martyred soldiers to picture the spread of dengue.