Mumbai : The Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut on Monday strongly condemned the publisher and author of the book that compared the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the great Maratha warrior, Shivaji. The book, titled “Aaj ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi” and written by BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal, was released during a religious-cultural meet organised by the Delhi BJP.
While taking a strong exception over the development, Raut said the warrior king’s descendants should clarify if they like the Prime Minister being likened to him. “Chhatrapati Shivaji’s descendants should clarify if they like Narendra Modi being compared to him. Chhatrapati Shivaji’s descendants should quit BJP over the book, Raut said, targeting the BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Raje, who is a descendant of Shivaji.
Sambhaji Raje on Sunday demanded that BJP chief Amit Shah immediately ban the book. “We respect Narendra Modi, who was elected as the prime minister of the country for the second time. But neither (Narendra) Modi nor anybody else in the world can be compared with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he said on Sunday while addressing a gathering at Sindkhedraja in Buldhana district.
On the other hand, Congress also took up the issue and the state Congress chief and cabinet minister Balasaheb Thorat demanded action against the publisher and author of the book.
State Congress spokesman Atul Londhe lodged a complaint with Nagpur police on Monday against the publisher and writer of “Aaj ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi” for comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Maratha warrior king Shivaji. The book written by the BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal was released during a recent religious-cultural meet organised by the Delhi BJP.
In his complaint with Nandanwan police station here, Londhe said that the publisher and the author of the book hurt the people’s sentiments by comparing Modi with Shivaji in the book. The publisher and the author should be booked immediately for hurting the sentiments of people who worship Shivaji.
Modi cannot be compared with Shivaji as the prime minister is unobtrusively orchestrating religious and caste conflicts across the country which is in complete variance with the policy and ideology of Shivaji, he pointed out.