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Bhosale supporters protest against Sanjay Raut over ‘proof’ comment

Udayanraje Bhosale. File photo

Udayanraje Bhosale. File photo   | Photo Credit: Jignesh Mistry

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Sanjay Raut and Jitendra Awhad came under attack from Bhosale’s supporters for stating that NCP chief Sharad Pawar is the ‘Janata Raja'

Supporters of BJP leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Thursday staged a protest in western Maharashtra over Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s comment that the former give proof that he is a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Mr. Raut and Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad came under attack from Mr. Bhosale’s supporters for stating that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is the ‘Janata Raja’ (enlightened king), a title generally used for the legendary Maratha warrior king.

The angry supporters tied placards bearing names of Mr. Raut and Mr. Awhad, an NCP minister, in the necks of two donkeys as they raised slogans against the two leaders.

On Wednesday, Mr. Raut had said, “Bhosale should give proof that he is a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji,” and asserted that no one has ownership rights over the Maratha warrior king.

Mr. Bhosale, a former NCP leader, on Tuesday maintained that Chhatrapati Shivaji alone was the ‘Janata Raja’ as he took a veiled dig at Mr. Pawar.

The former Satara Lok Sabha MP’s comments came in the wake of controversy over a book comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the 17th century Maratha warrior king, a highly revered figure in Maharashtra.

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The book, titled ‘Aaj Ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi’, is written by BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal.

Mr. Bhosale, who joined the BJP ahead of the last year’s assembly polls in Maharashtra, had said that no one can be compared with Chhatrapati Shivaji, but also took a jibe at Mr. Pawar over the ‘Janata Raja’ appellation.

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