Shiv Sena Backs Ban on Chinese Apps but Blames Past Governments for Inaction

Shiv Sena Backs Ban on Chinese Apps but Blames Past Governments for Inaction

Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana has published an editorial backing the Central Government’s decision to block apps with Chinese connections like TikTok, WeChat, and approximately 57 others. 

An excerpt from the editorial read - “According to the Indian government, Chinese apps were banned because they posed a threat to India's sovereignty, integrity, security. If this is true, then all governments in the past should be blamed for it.” 

It’s unclear as to what the editorial refers to as “all governments in the past” since NDA (BJP) has been at the helm on the Central Government since 2014 while Maharashtra was led by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis up until late 2019. 

The editorial added, “How have all these apps and their transactions continued for so many years?” This seems like a subtle jibe at the Central Government’s alleged inaction for so many years before finally taking a call on banning these popular and lucrative apps. 

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The ban on Chinese apps is a consequence of the recent border dispute between India and China wherein 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops at the Galwan Valley. It is said that hundreds of soldiers from both sides were involved in the clash, injuring 76 others in the process.  

Shiv Sena is currently backed by NCP and the Congress, collectively forming a coalition known as “Maha Vikas Aghadi” or MVA. While there has been some friction between the three parties since the coalition was formed late last year, things seem pretty much in order at the moment. Meanwhile, the opposition in the state is led by BJP leader and ex Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis.  

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