On Friday, BJP members allegedly attacked journalist Nikhil Wagle’s car in Pune for making disparaging statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leader LK Advani.
New Delhi: On Friday, BJP members are said to have attacked journalist Nikhil Wagle’s car in Pune for making disparaging statements about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leader LK Advani.
In Pune’s Deccan region, unidentified rioters flung ink at his car as he was leaving to speak at the Rashtra Seva Dal-organized “Nirbhay Bano” event. The attack damaged the side windows and windscreen of his car.
“I forgive all those who attacked me,” Mr. Wagle stated in a speech delivered later at the venue. This was the seventh attack on me in the previous six.”
It is said that Mr. Wagle made the disparaging comments about PM Modi and Mr. Advani on X after the Center declared that the latter would get the nation’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
Based on a complaint made by BJP leader Sunil Deodhar, a case was filed in Pune against the 64-year-old journalist. He’s been charged with inciting hatred between groups and defamation.
The Forceful Reaction of Opposition
After Nikhil Wagle’s car was vandalized, the opposition in Maharashtra launched a vicious onslaught on the ruling BJP.
Sharadchandra Pawar MP Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party criticized the incident and questioned the BJP about who granted them “license to riot.”
“Senior journalist Nikhil Wagle was attacked by BJP workers and pelted with stones. Some girls passing by on the road were injured in this outrageous incident. While this was happening, the police were just watching,” Ms Sule posted on X.
“Did anyone order the police not to take action on this occasion? Who gave license to the BJP to openly riot in such a manner? In this country, there is a long tradition of countering ideas with ideas. Does BJP want to break this tradition and create an identity as a nation of hooligans? Strongly condemn this incident,” she wrote further.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has several female workers. Sanjay Raut, a leader of the Shiv Sena (UBT), also claimed that these ladies were “beaten up by BJP goons”. The MVA is an alliance of Sharadchandra Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and Congress, together with Mr. Raut’s party.
As BJP goons beat up many MVA women karyakartas and throw eggs, stones, and bricks at them, Pune police watch on. Nikhil Wagle, a senior journalist, had his car broken, ink and eggs hurled at it. “BJP’s brazen attempt to kill democracy in Pune… MVA will not be deterred,” he stated on X.
Police Will Act, Says Devendra Fadnavis
Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, declared that the police will deal with anyone who breaks the law, regardless of whether they are a BJP employee.