The warfare of phrases between two former allies – Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – continues. Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Tuesday stated that his celebration will come wielding the sword of Hindutava every time the country wants it.
Raut additionally stated that his celebration was and will always be Hindutvawadi. “We don’t need to get our Hindutva certified from any party. We were, we are and we will always be Hindutvawadi. We don’t play Hindutva politics like them. Whenever the country needs us, Shiv Sena will always come forward wielding the sword of Hindutava,” the Shiv Sena chief stated, as quoted by ANI.
This isn’t the primary time Raut has hit out on the BJP on Hindutava. After the Maharashtra authorities introduced the reopening of non secular locations within the state from November 16, the BJP had known as the transfer a victory of Hindutva.
“This is not a victory or defeat of anybody,” Raut had stated on Sunday. The Shiv Sena chief slammed the celebration by reminding them that they had been shut down on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directions.
“The lockdown was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the decision to shut the temples was also taken by him. So there is no reason for BJP to take credit for the victory of Hindutva in this matter. I believe that the Prime Minister will have to tell the meaning of victory and defeat to such people,” he added.
Raut had additionally pushed for the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) introduced by the Centre to be adopted firmly as locations of worship reopen. “The SOPs drafted by the government need to be followed strictly. There is no need to take credit. It was God’s will that people stay at home, and now it is God’s will that places of worship reopen with precautions,” Raut stated.
All the non secular locations in Maharashtra reopened for devotees from Monday after being shut for a number of months due coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.