Prime News, National, Religion, Politics, Mumbai, January 25:- Amid an ongoing war of words over ‘Hindutva,’ the Shiv Sena on Tuesday (January 25) said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ruling at the Centre has clearly deviated from its core Hindutva ideology.
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut also asserted that his party was the first to contest any elections on the core issue of ‘Hindutva.’
“Shiv Sena was the first party in the country to contest elections on the issue of Hindutva…BJP new leaders (Nav Hindutvavadi), are not aware of history, someone has torn the pages of their history. But from time to time, we’ll give them information,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying by ANI.
Raut on Monday took a swipe at the BJP that his party took BJP from the bottom to the top in Maharashtra. He also reiterated Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray`s statement and said that BJP only uses “Hindutva for power.’.
Talking with the media, Raut said, “We took BJP from bottom to top in Maharashtra. After Babri, there was a Shiv Sena wave in northern India; if we had fought polls at that time, there would have been our (Shiv Sena) Prime Minister in the country but we left it for them. BJP only uses Hindutva for power.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik also spoke in favour of Uddhav Thackeray’s `Wasted 25 years with BJP` remark.
“It is a fact that the parties that made an alliance with BJP were gradually destroyed by them. It`s good to take pride in one`s religion, but it is not right to have hatred towards other religions,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)