Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray also attacked former ally BJP on inflation, saying that the Sena wasted 25 years due to alliance with the saffron party.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday launched an all out attack on former ally Bharatiya Janata Party over the killing of Kashmiri Pandit government employee Rahul Bhat in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a rally in Mumbai, the chief minister said,”Our ‘Hindutva’ is ‘Gadadhari’. Rahul Bhat was killed by terrorists at Tehsil’s office in J&K, now what will you (BJP) do? Will you read Hanuman Chalisa there”?
Calling the BJP a fake ‘Hindutva party, Thackeray continued his attack on the saffron party. “No one is speaking about inflation. We wasted our 25 years due to an alliance with BJP, they are the worst. The fake ‘Hindutva’ party which was earlier with us has taken the country to hell”.
Thackeray’s outburst comes amid the controversy surrounding the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa in the state, which escalated following the arrest of lawmaker couple Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana. The Rana couple was released 12 days later. The BJP has minced no words in attacking its former ally, questioning its Hindutva credentials. BJP leader CT Ravi had in fact compared Thackeray to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The Shiv Sena has questioned the Centre over the killing of Rahul Bhat in Budgam. “If even after removing Article 370, if Kashmiri Pandits and the common public are not safe, then you need to take harsh steps. Kashmiri Pandits and the problem of Kashmir will not be resolved by taking up the issues like Hanuman Chalisa and mosques (loudspeakers on mosques). The government has to be practical on this,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said.
A 33-year-old GRP constable posted at Aligarh has been accused of befriending a young woman while on duty onboard the Netaji Express train under the guise of helping her and then taking her to a hotel in Prayagraj and raping her at gunpoint on May 10. On the morning of May 10, the duo reached Prayagraj junction station from where the constable took her to a hotel in Khuladabad locality and took a room.
A total of 44 persons of Jammu and Kashmir facing “preventive detention” were shifted from Jammu prison to Naini Central jail on Saturday. The detainees were brought to Prayagraj airport in Bamrauli on board a special flight escorted by J&K police personnel and then shifted to Naini central jail amidst tight security. Special vans with jail security staff and local police providing additional security to J&K police personnel ferried the detainees to Naini central jail.
During the first-ever Flamingo Festival in Navi Mumbai to mark the World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, said that while flamingoes are not exclusive to Navi Mumbai, the feeling of conserving them is. Bangar added that the platform should be used constructively and not to point fingers. The festival saw large turnout from residents and wildlife enthusiasts, among them were nationals from countries like Italy and Russia.
Mumbai Five districts in Maharashtra- Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Jalgaon- have given booster doses to over 100% of its eligible senior citizens as of Saturday. Data from the state’s public health department shows that of the 21,36,638 people in the 60 plus category who became eligible for the third dose up to May 12, 15,26,933 or 71.46% have taken the jabs so far. Only nine districts have coverage above the state’s average.