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Shiv Sena protests against Pakistani singers' concerts in India

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 00:45

Workers of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, an ally of the BJP, take to the streets to protest against Pakistani singers holding concerts in the country.

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Workers of right-wing Shiv Sena party, an ally of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took to the streets on Monday (April 25) against Pakistani singers' concerts in India. In western Ahmedabad city, the party workers tore down banners of renowned Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan whose concert is scheduled to be held on April 30. Shiv Sena has demanded the organisers to call off the event. "If there are any posters of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Karnavati Mahanagar area, we will tear it down. Whether it is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan or Ghulam Ali, Shiv Sena will oppose them and we want to tell the organizers that they should call off the event. If the event is not cancelled by them, then Shiv Sena will find a way to shut it down," said Shiv Sena worker, Jitu Solanki. Solanki also threatened to attack Khan if he performed at the event. Meanwhile, in northern holytown of Varanasi, members of Shiv Sena burnt an effigy of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali. Ali is set to perform on the inaugural day of Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh, a music festival, beginning April 26. "Today the Shiv Sainiks (members of Shiv Sena) in Varanasi have burnt the effigy of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali. Shiv Sena opposes Ghulam Ali's event and this is a warning," said a member of the hardline right-wing party, Ravish. Ali has till now performed four times in Varanasi on different occasions. He had rendered his compositions at the Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh last year too. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has also been invited by the organisers. The other invitees include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. Earlier, his concert in Mumbai was called off after Shiv Sena objected to it. Later, he performed in the eastern city of Kolkata. The singer is highly popular in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, as well as amongst South Asian diaspora in the USA, the UK and the Middle Eastern Countries. Many of his hit ghazals have also made a mark in Bollywood movies.

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Shiv Sena protests against Pakistani singers' concerts in India

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 00:45