Shiv Sena neta Sanjay Raut said if the BJP continues to use the word janaab then ‘we will also ask why they created a minority cell’ (Picture: Ranjit Deshmukh)
Nagpur: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said even RSS leaders could be called ‘janaab’ for their Muslim overtures. He was responding to a similar comment by the former chief minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, who was reacting to AIMIM’s offer to support Maharashtra government Vikas Aghadi.
In Nagpur, during a three-day tour, Raut said that even RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat spoke of the Sangh’s affinity towards Muslims. The Sena leader categorically mentioned that Muslims are an inseparable part of India and the BJP must stop dividing people on the basis of religion.
“What is this janaab that you (the BJP) have launched? Mohan Bhagwat had said that Muslims and Hindus share the same DNA, so does that make him the leader of Janaab Sangh? RSS also has a Muslim branch, so does that make Bhagwat the leader of Janaab Sena? I remember once Bhagwat mentioned that whoever says Muslims cannot live in this country is not a Hindu. Can the BJP be called PJP (Pakistan Janata Party)? Raut asked.
“No. We will never say that because Muslims are part of India. Many of them voted for us and BJP too. Many politicians in both parties are Muslims, in fact BJP even appointed Muslims as governors. But if the BJP continues to use the word janaab, we will also ask why they created a minority cell,” Raut said.
He also preemptively soothed the frayed nerves in the Sangh saying, “I am here in Nagpur where RSS is headquartered. It is a pioneer organization of Hindutva ideology and I respect that.
The incendiary leader, who along with Sharad Pawar is credited with forming the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), has made it clear that Sena is primarily a Hindutva-led party. “We have never compromised on our ideology. But we will not discriminate against people based on caste, religion, etc. said Raut.
Raut added that accepting the resignation of former interior minister Anil Deshmukh was a mistake. “He shouldn’t have been caught. I think it was a mistake made due to hasty decisions. But one thing I’m sure of is that there was no pressure to call for Deshmukh’s resignation,” Raut said. Deshmukh is being investigated by multiple agencies and is currently in jail.
The current politically tense situation between MVA and BJP, which many believe is the result of central agencies’ crackdown on ruling party members, may not subside soon according to Raut’s statements on Tuesday. “Our state police are also very capable. They will find out the truth and then we will see who goes to jail,” Raut said.
BJP and MVA leaders have accused each other of abusing investigative agencies for political vendetta. “If you have read history then you know that Shivaji Maharaj went to Delhi but refused to submit to the unjust rulers. Likewise Maharashtra will never bow to the central powers either. We will smash, but not bend,” Raut said.