Devendra Fadnavis: We believe in 'Akhand Bharat' and we believe that one day Karachi will be part of India.
Fadnavis gave this remark after he was asked about an incident in Mumbai where a ruling Shiv Sena worker told the owner of a sweet shop to drop the word ‘Karachi’ from the shop’s name because it is a Pakistani city.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he believes in ‘Akhand Bharat’ and one day Pakistan’s largest city Karachi will be a part of India.
Fadnavis gave this remark when he was asked about an incident in Mumbai where a ruling Shiv Sena worker asked the owner of a sweet shop to drop the word ‘Karachi’ from the shop’s name because it is a Pakistani city.
"These are all pseudo-secular people... They think that attacking and abusing Hindus is secularism," he said.
He further said that ‘Love Jihad’ is happening in the country and it was also acknowledged in Kerala where the BJP is not in power.
"It is the government's job to frame laws when such things come to light," said Fadnavis.
Some BJP-ruled states have announced plans to prevent so-called ‘Love Jihad’, which refers to an alleged conspiracy to convert Hindu women by marrying them.
"We believe in 'Akhand Bharat' and we believe that one day Karachi will be part of India," Fadnavis had said.
On Thursday, an activist from Shiv Sena ordered the owner of the reputed Karachi Sweets in Bandra to change its name to something more Indian.
Embarrassed by the incident Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut made it clear that it was not the "official stand" of the party.
"Karachi Sweets and Karachi Bakery have been in Mumbai for 60 years. They have nothing to do with Pakistan. It makes no sense to ask for changing their names now...It's not the Shiv Sena's official stance," Raut said.
Earlier this month, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called the region from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to Gilgit-Baltistan an integral part of India adding that it's under the illegal occupation of Pakistan currently.