Shivaji Maharaj belongs to all, says Sena in swipe at BJP

Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, writing in his weekly ‘Rokhthok’ column in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said “Shivaji Maharaj is not confined to a caste or a party. He belongs to all 11 crore people of Maharashtra.”

Published - November 17, 2019 11:39 am IST - Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

The Shiv Sena on Sunday took a swipe at one-time ally BJP and said Chhatrapati Shivaji was not “confined to any caste or party” but belongs to all 11 crore people of Maharashtra.

Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, writing in his weekly ‘Rokhthok’ column in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said “Shivaji Maharaj is not confined to a caste or a party. He belongs to all 11 crore people of Maharashtra.”

Taking a dig at the BJP’s campaign centring on the founder of the Maratha Empire, Mr. Raut wrote, “The BJP has been campaigning that it is the only party blessed by Shivaji Maharaj. Despite that, BJP candidate Udayanraje Bhosale, lost the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll.”

Udayanraje Bhosale, a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, quit the NCP and joined the BJP, but was trounced by the Sharad Pawar-led party’s Shriniwas Patil in the Lok Sabha bypoll held along with the October 21 Assembly elections.

It was the defeat of a person and not a legacy, the Sena article asserted.

“Shivaji Maharaj taught us that Maharashtra does not tolerate arrogance and hypocrisy. Whenever people take oath in the name of Shivaji Maharaj but do not keep promises, and start thinking of themselves as rulers of the State, then it is a sign of their downfall,” Mr. Raut said.

He also pointed out that the BJP (the government led by it) did not even begin work on the Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea though its government in neighbouring Gujarat had completed that of Sardar Patel, the tallest such structure in the world.

Narendra Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, laid the foundation stone of the Sardar Patel memorial in Narmada district there and it was completed before the end of his first five year term as Prime Minister, Mr. Raut said.

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