Mumbai: In hitting back at the BJP leader Udayanraje Bhosale, the Shiv Sena spokesman and Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut has asked Bhosale to give proof that he is the descendant of the legendary Maratha warrior king. Interacting with a media group during an event in Pune, Raut also gave a piece of advice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said that the latter should spend 15 hours every day in the party office.
In response to an on-going war-of-words over the book “Aaj Ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi”, written by BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal, Bhosale had said that when Shiv Sena was constituted, the word ‘Shiv’ was used. “Did you come and ask the descendants?” Bhosale had said.
He should bring proof that he is the descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji… No one has the ownership rights over Shivaji Maharaj,” Raut said in response to Bhosale’s comments. “Similarly, people of the state gave the title of ‘Hinduhriday Samrat’ to (late Sena supremo) Balasaheb Thackeray,” Raut said.
Bhosale, formerly a NCP leader, joined BJP shortly before the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. He had also said that no one in the world can be compared to Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th-century Maratha warrior king. In an indirect attack on NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Bhosale had said that the term ‘Jaanata Raja’ cannot be used for anybody else but Chhatrapati Shivaji. Pawar is often referred to as ‘Jaanata Raja’ (the knowledgeable, compassionate and competent king), a term historically used to describe Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Earlier, Condemning the controversial book Aaj ke Shivaji, Narendra Modi written by Delhi BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal, Bhosale dared the ruling Sena to remove the word ‘Shiv’ from its name, and rechristen the party as “Thackeray Sena.” He also demanded action against author Goyal. His comments came a day after Sena leader Sanjay Raut dubbed the book “insulting”, and asked Shivaji Maharaj’s descendants to clarify their stand and quit BJP over the issue. “I never gave any remuneration to the author to write that book. So those who are seeking my stand or clarification, I will show them their place,” he said.