“Even Lord Ram Will Become Restless”: Sanjay Raut Over Madhya Pradesh Violence

Mumbai: Stating that fueling communal fire under the name of Lord Ram is an insult to the idea of the Lord, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Sunday. He further added that over the developments in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone, even Lord Ram will become restless. At Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone, communal clashes on Ram Navami have led to the imposition of a curfew.

He accused BJP of adopting the strategy of religious discord to win elections, even if it costs breaking the country.

Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, under his weekly column “Rokhthok”, Raut wrote that if someone wants to stoke the fire of fundamentalism and disturb the peace to win elections, they are sowing seeds of a second Partition.

Sanjay Raut is an executive editor of Saamana.

He referred to communal clashes in various parts of the nation on Ram Navami on April 10, Raut stated that this was not a good sign.

“Earlier, Ram Navami processions were all about culture and religion. But now swords are brandished and communal discord is created. Ruckus was created outside mosques resulting in violence,” he alleged.

He attacked at BJP and said that those who abandoned the Ram mandir movement midway, now in the name of Lord Ram are displaying swords. “This cannot be called Hindutva. Stoking communal fires in name of Lord Ram is an insult to the idea of Ram,” he said. “Even Lord Ram will be restless over the developments in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone,” the Sena leader stated.

Giving an example of new year celebrations in Maharashtra he said that cultural processions were taken out in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, on Gudhi Padwa on April 2 celebrating the Hindu and Marathi new year, but there was no violence even after these processions passed through Muslim localities.

“There was no violence. Why should all the violence happen on Ram Navami? Can anyone believe Muslims will hurl stones at a Ram Navami procession in Gujarat, the home state of PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah?” he asked referring to violence in Sabarkantha.

For implementing BJP’s agenda, Raut accused Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray.

“…(The agenda is) Create law and order problems in Maharashtra to pave the way for imposition of President’s rule,” he wrote.

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