BJP opposes restricted gathering on Shivaji Jayanti in Maharashtra

Ram Kadam-CM Thackeray

Mumbai : Another confrontation between the ruling Shiv Sena and the BJP is in offing in the state over the Shiv Jayanti. The BJP has warned the Shiv Sena-led MVA government of launching an agitation if the Shiv Jayanti celebrations planned by the party are not given permission. The country celebrates the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji on February 19.

According to available information, the opposition BJP has adopted an aggressive stance over restrictions imposed by the Uddhav Thackeray government on the Shiv Jayanti celebrations. On Friday, the BJP reacted sharply and challenged the state government saying if the orders aren’t rolled back, it would launch an agitation across the state.

The vocal BJP MLA Ram Kadam wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding that restrictions imposed on the gathering of over ten people for Shiv Jayanti celebrations be rolled back. The BJP MLA sought to know why there was no permission to celebrate Shiv Jayanti with enthusiasm when the number of coronavirus cases has declined in the state and across the country.

Gradually all transactions are being streamlined. Rallies, marches, meetings of various parties are held all over the state. The administration allows them. But permission to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who established pro-Hindu Swarajya, has not been given. This is happening in Shivaraya’s Maharashtra and it is a shame, Kadam said asked why are restrictions being imposed on the celebration of Shivraya’s birthday in Maharashtra? In the last few days, Hindus have been constantly strangled in Maharashtra, he alleged.

The BJP leader Kadam pointed out that Sadhus were attacked in Palghar but the state government did not take concrete action. Hindu deities were insulted through web-series, Tandav. Here also the government remained silent. Now, the government is trying to insult Hindus once again by restricting the celebrations of Shiv Jayanti, he said in the letter, addressed to the chief minister.

Kadam warned that if the state government fails to roll back the order, the BJP would launch an agitation all over the state.