Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party MLA T Raja Singh on Sunday said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde should imitate his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath and bulldoze encroachments on government lands.
“The encroachments on government lands should be identified and they should be removed by procuring 100 bulldozers,” Singh said. He addressed a rally organized by Sakal Hindu Samaj, a collective of several Hindutva outfits, in Maharashtra Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, formerly Aurangabad.
BJP-ruled state governments have been increasingly dispensing “bulldozer justice” by conducting demolition drives under the guise of removing encroachments. In several cases, the drive is conducted on the property of a person accused of an offense, mostly Muslims. But there is no legal provision to destroy the property of an accused person.
Sunday’s rally was organized as a show of support for the renaming of Aurangabad. The organizers also demanded action against the so-called “love jihad”.
On the opposition to the renaming of the city, Singh said: “Secular people say Muslims were members of Shivaji Maharaj’s force. If that is so why do they oppose the renaming?”
He also asked Hindus to take action if they find cases of “love jihad”.
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