Athawale threatens to disrupt event

Meanwhile, Ramdas Athawale, president of the Republican Party of India (A), hinted that RPI activists would disrupt the upcoming four-day Marathi Sahitya Sammelan that would commence on January 15 if Dr. Sabnis, who is helming the literary event, indulged in any further ‘anti-Modi’ invective.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Athawale said while the 2002 Gujarat riots was a “black chapter in India’s democracy”, Prime Minister Modi was a man with “strong secular moorings”.

“It is grossly unfair to pin the blame of the Gujarat riots on the Prime Minister who respects every religion in this country…if Dr. Sabnis indulges in any ‘rants’ against Mr. Modi, then RPI activists will not flinch from disrupting the biggest literary event in the Marathi language,” Mr. Athawale warned.