The Shiv Sena as we speak mentioned that the “silence” of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s devotees within the Maharashtra BJP over the elimination of his statue in Karnataka is worrying, and requested what’s using such “faux devotion”.
An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ famous that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded Shivaji Maharaj in his speech after he carried out the ‘bhoomi pujan’ for the Ram temple development in Ayodhya on August 5.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s statue at Mangutti village in Belgaum district of the BJP-ruled Karnataka was, nonetheless, eliminated “as if the Babri mosque was introduced down”, it mentioned, and termed the BJP’s love for the warrior king as pretentious.
It additionally recalled that Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis earlier this yr known as for the then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s apology after a bust of the legendary Maratha king was eliminated in Chhindwara district.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is just not even being condemned, the Uddhav Thackeray-led get together mentioned.
“The episode of elimination of Shivaji Maharaj’s statue in a single day is worrying. Extra worrying is the silence of Shivbhakts (followers of Shivaji Maharaj) within the Maharashtra BJP,” it mentioned.
The Shiv Sena mentioned the BJP would have triggered chaos in Maharashtras Sangli or Satara (positioned close to Karnataka) in case such an incident had taken place in Karnataka beneath Congress’s watch.
“However see how silent they’re now! What’s using this faux devotion of Shivaji Maharaj?” it requested.
The Shiv Sena charged former ally BJP with utilizing names of iconic figures just for political curiosity. The BJP had claimed blessings of Shivaji Maharaj within the earlier elections in Maharashtra, however not a single brick was laid throughout its rule when it got here to the development of the Maratha kings memorial within the Arabian Sea, it mentioned.
Referring to the August 5 ceremony at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, the Shiv Sena mentioned PM Modi remembered Shivaji Maharaj that day from the underside of his coronary heart.
“The Prime Minister bows earlier than Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. However his supporters in Karnataka eliminated Shivaji Maharaj’s statue throughout the evening. What to make out of this?” it requested.
“A ceremony was held in Ayodhya to take Lord Ram within the temple from a tent. However a Ravana-style ceremony of eradicating Shivaji Maharaj’s statue was held in Karnataka,” the Marathi day by day alleged.
With out taking any title, the Shiv Sena mentioned the BJP inducted Shivaji Maharaj’s descendant into its fold final yr and spoke about it for political good points. How come the NDA constituent is conserving quiet now when the warrior king has been “insulted”, it added.
Notably, Rajya Sabha member Udayanraje Bhosale, who’s a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, joined the BJP final yr after quitting the NCP.
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