Saturday, June, 03,2023


Mumbai: On the last day of the winter session in Nagpur, Nationalist Congress Party leader and Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar gave away ‘Child Bravery Awards’ in the name of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj. On this occasion, he said, “Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj was not a religious leader but a protector of Swaraj. It is wrong to call him Dharamveer.” As a result of the comment, a political ‘ruckus’ ensued in the state on Saturday as Deputy Chief Minister - Devendra Fadnavis - took cognizance of Ajit Pawar’s statement and gave him a befitting reply.


Fadnavis said, “Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj protected religion and Hindutva. Why did Aurangzeb kill him? Sambhaji Maharaj was asked to convert, but he refused. He sacrificed his life for Swadesh, Swabhoomi and Swadharma. His body was literally cut into pieces. However, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj did not leave Swadharma and Swarastra. So no matter how hard Ajit Pawar and his likeminded people try, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj was not only a swaraj rakshak but also a religious hero.”

Meanwhile, Fadnavis also took cognizance of Sharad Pawar’s statement on this occasion. “I don’t want to talk about Sharad Pawar’s statement. ED or CBI will talk in that matter. Sharad Pawar should read the court order regarding bail of Anil Deshmukh before preparing his narrative and then then try to set the narrative. Then you will realize what the court said,” he said.

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