Maharashtra Politics: ‘Muslims fear losing votes’, Raj Thackeray attacks Sharad Pawar

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday criticized Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for remembering Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during a speech. Raj Thackeray claimed that the veteran leader never used Shivaji Maharaj’s name in speeches and rallies for fear of losing minority votes. Thackeray said that Sharad Pawar, who never even mentioned the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is remembering him today. He never used the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in his speeches because he was probably worried that mentioning his name would kill the Muslim votes, but now he is using the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Raj Thackeray was referring to Sharad Pawar’s speech at Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Raigad fort at the ceremonial unveiling of his party’s new emblem – ‘Trumpet Blowing Man’. On Thursday, the polling panel allotted Towatari as the electoral symbol to Sharad Pawar’s faction. In the past, the tutari or bugle was played during war or at the arrival of a king. It is seen as synonymous with the period of the Maratha Empire. At present this instrument is used to welcome dignitaries in cultural, historical, religious and political events.

After the Election Commission’s announcement, Sharad Chandra Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party posted on Twitter that the new logo with ideas of Maharashtra idols would shake the BJP’s throne at the Centre. Pawar wrote on Twitter that the bravery of Chhatrapati Shiv Rai who staked the throne of Delhi in the history of Maharashtra is today a matter of pride for the ‘Nationalist Congress Party – Sharad Chandra Pawar’. “With the progressive ideals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the ideals of Maharashtra, Phule, Shahu, Ambedkar and the venerable ‘Totari’ are ready to blow the trumpet once again to shake the throne of Delhi,” he said.

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