Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that a conference of non-BJP chief ministers is likely to be held in Mumbai soon to discuss the current political situation in the country. He told reporters that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to chief ministers of states where the BJP is not in power and there is a need to discuss the current situation in the country.
“NCP President Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray have discussed this and efforts are on to organize such a convention in Mumbai,” Raut said.
Various issues including unemployment, inflation, “misuse” of central investigative agencies, attempts to create communal discord, etc. will be discussed in the upcoming meeting, he said.
Notably, leaders of 13 opposition parties on Saturday expressed deep concern over the recent incidents of hate speech and communal violence in the country and urged people to maintain peace and harmony.
In a joint statement, leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand counterparts MK Stalin and Hemant Soren also expressed concern over how issues related to food, dress Huh. Faith, festivals and language are being “used” by the ruling establishment to polarize society.
Raut alleged that the recent attacks on processions taken out on the occasion of Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti were “politically sponsored” to polarize voters, especially in states where elections are due in the next few months.
He reiterated his veil of “Naya Hindu Owaisi” on MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who has taken an aggressive stance demanding removal of loudspeakers over mosques by May 3.
He said, “Even in Maharashtra, a ‘Hindu Owaisi’ made all efforts to disturb peace on Hanuman Jayanti. Concerted efforts were made to create unrest in Maharashtra, but people and police are patient and strong.”
The MNS chief performed ‘Maha Aarti’ of Lord Hanuman in Pune on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday. Posters declaring Raj Thackeray as “Hindujanayak” (leader of Hindus) were put up in Pune, which angered the ruling Shiv Sena.
Asked who he was referring to as “Hindu Owaisi”, Raut said, “It is clear from some loudspeakers who are Hindu Owaisis. The issue of loudspeakers over mosques can be discussed with the government.” But the intention was to create a law and order situation to fulfill the BJP’s desire to impose President’s rule in the state.
“The BJP used (AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi) in the UP elections and ‘Hindu Owaisi’ in Maharashtra,” he alleged.
Earlier in the day, addressing a press conference, the MNS chief had said that he did not respond to “lavandes” (spineless people) when asked about Raut’s “Hindu Owaisi”.
Raut said Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti are traditionally celebrated with peace and harmony.
He alleged, “The attacks on these processions were politically sponsored with the aim of creating communal discord and polarizing voters ahead of the assembly elections in some states. Both are using gods.”
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