Sanjay Raut says those opposing Bharat Ratna for Savarkar should stay in jail for 2 days | India News
“We have always been demanding respect for Veer Savarkar. Those who oppose Bharat Ratna for Veer Savarkar should be put for at least two days in Andaman’s cellular jail where Savarkar was lodged. It is only then that they will realize his sacrifice and contribution to the nation,” Sanjay Raut said.
Raut’s statement can potentially put his party, which shares power in Maharashtra with ideologically different Congress and NCP, in a spot.
The Congress is against offering the highest civilian honour to Savarkar, who is hailed in high esteem by the right wing parties.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had kicked up a row in December, 2019, when he refused to apologise for his “rape in India” remark, saying “My name is Rahul Gandhi, not Rahul Savarkar”.
However, state minister and Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray tried to play down his party leader’s remark that has the potential to trigger unease in Maharashtra’ Sena-NCP-Congress alliance.
“Sanjay Raut mentioned in what context he spoke. Shiv Sena-Congress alliance is strong and we came together for development of state. We may have different views on certain issues but this is what democracy is. Instead of history we need to talk of current issues,” he said.
“The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) speaks of the aspirations of people. Many people are feeling bad that there is no conflict between Congress and Shiv Sena,” he added.
“Despite having different ideologies, the two parties have come together in the interest of the country and the state. Democracy means different ideologies can work together in the interest of the country,” he told reporters.
The 29-year-old Yuva Sena chief further said he respects all stalwarts of the freedom movement.
“All are ‘Ratnas’ (jewels). It is in the BJP’s hands to award Bharat Ratna since it is ruling at the Centre. We have to think whether these ‘ratnas’ would be sad or happy seeing the present state of GDP and economy,” he said.
Maharashtra PWD minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said it needed to ascertained if Raut’s statement was the official line of the Shiv Sena.
“(Sena leader) Aaditya Thackeray has already reacted to Raut’s remarks stating he was not aware in which capacity Raut had made the remarks that those who oppose Bharat Ratna to Savarkar be sent to Andaman jail,” Chavan told reporters.
The former chief minister said the Congress stand on the issue is known, “but it is not known whether Raut’s comments were Shiv Sena’s stand”.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said thatSavarkar was “not just a person but a thought” which will never lose its relevance.
“The great swatyantraveer Savarkar is not just a person but a thought, and that thought can never be history. It will continue to be our present as well as future,” the former chief minister told reporters.