Mumbai : There seems to be no end of war of words between Shiv Sena and the BJP as the Rajya Sabha member and Sena spokesman, Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that his party will come wielding the sword of Hindutva whenever the country needs it. The Sena Rajya Sabha member also said that his party was and would always be Hindutvawadi. The Sena doesn’t need to get the 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 Hindutva,” Raut said.
This isn’t the first time when the Sena has hit out at the BJP on Hindutva. After the Uddhav Thackeray-led government announced the re-opening of religious places in the state from November 16, the BJP had called the move a victory of Hindutva. Lashing out at the BJP, the Sena leader Raut said that it’s not a victory or defeat of anybody. Reacting on the remarks of BJP, Raut reminded the saffron party that that they were shut down religious places on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instructions.
Talking to a national news agency, he said that 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,” Raut quipped.
The state government on Saturday announced the reopening of all places of worship in the state from November 16, Monday. Covering of face, social distancing and all COVID-19 norms will remain in effect at religious places, added the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. The religious places in Maharashtra will reopen after a hiatus of nearly eight months. They have been closed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’ to curb the COVID-19 outbreak on March 22.
While many states had opened the religious places weeks ago, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray remained wary of the threat COVID-19 posed in Maharashtra and did not reopen them amid massive pressure from Opposition.