Anurag Thakur hits out at RJD leader for defending PFI’s ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans

On September 25, Union Minister Anurag Thakur slammed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shivanand Tiwari for defending “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans launched during Indian Popular Front (PFI) protests in Pune, Maharashtra.

Speaking to reporters, Anurag Thakur said, “Since a new government was formed in Bihar, the jungle raj has returned to Bihar. The rest is filled with such comments. What could be more condemnable than anti-Indian slogans Strict action must be taken against those who make such comments.

On September 22, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out a mega crackdown on PFI for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country. In response, PFI organized protests on September 23. During one such protest in Pune, “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were thrown around. Some PFI employees were later arrested by the police for causing chaos outside the district collector’s office.

RJD leader defends ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans

Defending the slogans, Shivanand Tiwari said: “Pakistan zindabad slogan is a sign of protest, it does not mean that they are Pakistani or that they want to go to Pakistan. It is a way of expressing that they don’t support the government as their ministers make controversial statements, that’s why they are protesting”.

He added: “What is the state of the country today? The Government of India has issued an advisory that people traveling to Canada should be careful as there is a hate campaign against Indians. In America and England, hatred towards Indians is being expressed a thousand times over. Because of the hate campaign you are carrying out inside the country, Indians must suffer in foreign lands.

Meanwhile, Pune police have launched an investigation into alleged anti-Indian slogans. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also took “serious” note of the episode.

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