WATCH: Ramdas Athawale Opposes Shiv Sena's Demand To Ban Burqa In India, Says 'everyone Who Wears Burqa Is Not Involved In Terror Activities'

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Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has opposed to the call for the ban on burqa and facial coverings in India by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in the party's mouthpiece ​​​​​​​Saamana.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has opposed to the call for the ban on burqa and facial coverings in India in the party's mouthpiece Saamana. 

Speaking to reporters in the matter on Wednesday, the RPI (Republican Party of India) chief exclaimed that every Muslim woman who wears a burqa is not involved in terror activities. 

"In some countries, where terrorism is on the rise, Muslim terrorism is prevailing, there, Muslim women may be a part of the terror activities. But in Maharashtra, India, Muslim women are not seen in involved in terror activities. If there are any, police investigate the matter and then their coverings can be taken off. But I believe, there should be no ban in Maharashtra," the Union Minister said. 

READ | Controversial: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Asks PM Modi To Ban Burqa In India After Similar Move By Sri Lanka

Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban burqa across the country, extending support to the decision taken by Sri Lankan government to ban all face coverings in the island nation in the aftermath of the serial blasts that killed over 250 people.

In an article in its mouthpiece Saamna on Wednesday, the Shiv Sena asserted its ally to BJP-led government to follow the footsteps of Sri Lanka and ban the burqa in India. Shiv Sena has asked PM Modi that if Sri Lanka, which is the country of Raavan, can ban burqa, then why can't India, which is the country of Lord Ram, implement the same in the country.

"We are asking this question because PM Modi is going to Ayodhya today. We are raising this demand in the national interest," the editorial further reads. 

PM Narendra Modi will make his first visit to Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya on Wednesday, following which he will address a rally as well. 

In the aftermath of eight string of blasts that shook Sri Lanka's Colombo, President Maithripala Sirisena on April 28 called for a complete ban all facial coverings in the country.

READ | Sri Lanka Bans All Facial Covering From April 29 In The Wake Of Serial Blasts

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