In Mumbai, India, the ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaonkar, allegedly threatened to change the name of ‘Karachi Sweets.
According to Indian media, a video of a Shiv Sena leader asking the owner of Karachi sweets in Mumbai’s Bandra West to change his shop name went viral on social media.
“I don’t want any problem on this issue,” the shop owner told India Today.
“I have consulted my lawyers and maybe I change the name of Karachi from the signboards in the coming days or maybe not,” he said.
The shop owner said on condition of anonymity that Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaonkar had come to his shop and asked to change the name of the shop.
“The Shiv Sena leader spoke to me appropriately and the rest of what happened has already been seen in the video,” he said.
After the alleged threat of Nitin Nandgaonkar, the owner of the sweet shop has hidden the word Karachi from the newspaper with the central signboard.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaonkar uploaded a video on his Facebook page in which he can be seen talking to the owner of Karachi Sweets and asking him to remove Karachi from the name on the signboard.
“This name is not acceptable in Mumbai and Maharashtra, you use your own or family name,” he said in the video.
The Shiv Sena leader said, “We are giving you respite and you have to do it. Change Karachi to a name in Marathi.”
According to the Hindustan Times, he told the owner of Karachi Sweets that he would be back in 15 days.
He also asked the shop owner to approach the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) office for help in changing the name if needed.
On the other hand, after the video of Shiv Sena leader went viral on social media, his party leader Sanjay Rawat has said that this is not a formal demand of his party.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Rawat said in a tweet on social networking site Twitter that this was not his party’s official position.
“Karachi Bakery and Karachi Sweets have been in Mumbai for the last 60 years,” he tweeted.
Sanjay Rawat said, “They have nothing to do with Pakistan. Now there is no reason to demand a change of the names.”
“It is not Shiv Sena’s position to demand a change of name,” he added.
Keep in mind that this is not the first time in India that a shop named after Karachi has faced such a situation.
Last year, a bakery staff was harassed for removing the word “Karachi” from a Karachi bakery in Bangalore, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.
After the angry mob protested, the owner of the bakery covered the word ‘Karachi’ on the signboard and police later arrested nine people.