Mumbai: Replying to Shiv Sena's allegation that he was a Pakistani agent, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Tuesday, said that he was an 'agent' but that of peace.
“I am certainly an agent, but not of Pakistan, but of peace between India and Pakistan and in South Asia,” Kulkarni said.
“I respect the freedom of speech of Saamna and Shiv Sena, I hope they respect other's freedom of speech too,” he added.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invite to SAARC leaders for his swearing-in ceremony last year, Kulkarni said, “It was our PM's effort from day one to improve relations with our South Asian neighbours.”
In a hard-hitting editorial, Sena mouthpiece Saamna has called Sudheendra Kulkarni a Pakistani agent , saying that with people like Kulkarni present in India, Pakistan need not send those like Ahmal Kasab.
The Saamna went on to attack the BJP and termed Kulkarni as the man behind the cash-for-votes sting.
Kulkarni, who was a top aide of LK Advani, was also blamed for the former deputy PM's Mohammad Ali Jinnah fiasco.
Shiv Sena is upset with Kulkarni over his support for Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book launch in Mumbai. The event was held yesterday.