Mumbai: Following Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut‘s controversial remarks on former PM Indira Gandhi, the Shiv Sena said on Friday that underworld don Karim Lala, was working for Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s organization Khudai Khidmatgar ‘in Mumbai during 1960 and therefore many His contacts with people were party leaders.
In Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, the party stated that “In the 60s, Karim Lala was working in Mumbai to solve the issues of Pathans around the world, and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan aka Frontier Gandhi was his ideal… He (Khan) had an organisation named Khudai Khidmatgar and youths like Karim Lala were working for it. Lala met with leaders from all over the world and had photographs of all of them in his office, the BJP leaders seen those photos they would not have commented against her. Members of all parties had contact with Karim Lala and were the era when the underworld was emerging in Mumbai.”
The editorial further said, “Indira Gandhi’s meeting with different leaders should not be disputed because as Prime Minister you have to meet many stakeholders including separatists to solve different problems, and this happened many times over the days. ”
Through Saamna’s editorial, the Shiv Sena said, “Indira Gandhi was a great personality, an attempt to discredit her name was made by the previous government, but the BJP feels it is being done now. This thought by the BJP is now an honour to Indiraji in itself.”
Earlier, Raut’s comments on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi erupted a huge dispute between Maha Adhadi Vikas in Maharashtra, “There was a time when Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel, Sharad Shetty used to decide who would be Police Commissioner of Mumbai and who would sit in the ‘Mantralaya’. Indira Gandhi used to go and meet Karim Lala. We’ve seen that underworld, now it’s just ‘chillar’,” Raut had said here on Wednesday.
Lala was involved in smuggling, narcotics, gambling, forced property evictions, and extortion rackets in Mumbai for over two decades. He died in 2002 at the age of 90.