Stoking communal fires in the name of Ram was an insult to the very “idea of Lord Ram”, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Sunday, adding that even Lord Ram would be restless over the developments in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone, where communal clashes on Ram Navami led to the imposition of curfew.
He accuses BJP of adopting a strategy of sowing religious discord to win elections, even at the cost of breaking the country.
In his weekly column “Rokhthok” in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Raut wrote, “if someone wants to stoke the fire of fundamentalism and disturb the peace to win elections, they are sowing seeds of a second Partition”. Raut is the executive edi
tor of ‘Saamana. Referring to communal clashes in various parts of the country on Ram Navami on April 10, Raut said it 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.
In a veiled swipe at BJP Raut said those who abandoned the Ram mandir movement midway were now displaying swords in the name of Lord Ram
“This cannot be called Hindutva. Stocking communal fires in the name of Lord Ram is an insult to the idea of Ram. Even Lord Ram will be restless over the developments in Madhya Pradesh’s Khar gone,” he said.
Cultural processions were taken out in the State, including here, on Gudhi Padwa on April 2 marking 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.
Raut accused Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray of implementing the BJP’s agenda.
The MNS chief recently said that if the State Government failed to remove loudspeakers at mosques by May 3, Hanuman Chalisa’ would be played at a higher volume outside mosques.
He had also argued for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code in the country and a law to curb the population growth.