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Instead of thinking about penguin’s death MNS should worry about its own survival says Uddhav Thackeray.


Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray gave a befitting reply to the comments made by MNS pertaining to deaths of penguin in Byculla zoo. He said that those parties criticising Sena must first think about their own survival instead of making irresponsible statements. Earlier, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande had expressed his anger over the death of young female Humboldt Penguin and demanded that all other penguins be sent back as they can’t survive in hot temperature of Mumbai.

Uddhav said, “Some panauti people are making comments against our party after the death of penguins. Instead of thinking about penguin’s death MNS should worry about how it will survive. We will take care of penguins but MNS must first set its house in order.

“MNS activists are bad omen for their own party. The party has fared badly in election and they are not growing,” he added.

Even Congress MLA Nitesh Rane had held Sena responsible for the penguin’s death. Rane claimed that he had spoken to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and asked that the remaining seven penguins be sent back and Mr Thackeray and the BMC officials concerned be booked for negligence.

Eight Humboldt Penguins — three male and five female — were brought from Coex Aquarium at Seoul, South Korea, to Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and or Byculla Zoo on July 26. The purchase was part of a multi-crore project that included funds for setting up a special temperature-controlled enclosure for them. Money was reportedly earmarked for their maintenance for the next five years.

On 18 October, the female penguin reportedly showed symptoms of dullness, inappetance, greenish stools and laboured breathing. Despite appropriate treatment, the penguin did not show significant improvement and succumbed to illness on Sunday morning at 8.17 am.

Zoo officials said the cause of death could not be ascertained and that they would await the post-mortem report. Activists said the zoo should make arrangements to return the remaining penguins to save them.

Sena also attacked BJP’s decision to release Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as an attempt to politicise the sacrifices of Indian solidiers.

“There were threats to burn the screens if ADHM and other Bollywood films featuring Pakistani actors were released… Now, no problems… The matchbox is empty as all the matchsticks have been taken out by the Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis). He might even use it to scratch his ears,” the Sena said in a sharp edit in the party mouthpiece Saamana.

“We don’t want to know what happened behind the scenes… But this has insulted the sacrifices of our brave soldiers,” the party added.

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