Shiv Sena’s transport wing leader and of the prominent Muslim faces in the party Haji Arafat Shaikh today dared activist Trupti Desai to touch the ‘mazaar’ of Haji Ali.

Haji Arafat Shaikh said, “She says she will enter and touch Mazaar at Haji Ali… If she makes an attempt then she would be welcomed with ‘prasad’ of chappals. I won’t let her touch the mazaar. Many Muslim women are also opposing her and will beat her with chappals if she tries to do so.”

Shaikh has joined Shiv Sena after quitting Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in 2014 where he held the same post. He added that Desai’s attempt to enter the dargah is a conspiracy to disturb peaceful in the city.

On Thursday, Desai along with several other women, NGOs and social groups, had launched a forum ‘Haji Ali For All’ to ensure women’s entry to the shrine.

Reacting on the threat, Desai told media, “Our group will be going to Haji Ali Dargah on April 28, Shiv Sena’s threats won’t work.”

Earlier this month, Trupti Desai has successfully led the movement for women’s entry to the Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik and Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar.

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