Rename 'Shiv Sena' to 'Thackeray Sena': BJP leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Shivaji book row

The controversy over the book – Aaj Ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi – authored by BJP leader Jai Bhagwan Goyal led to protests across Maharashtra with Congress and other opposition parties attacking BJP.

  • Rename 'Shiv Sena' to 'Thackeray Sena': BJP leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Shivaji book row
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Amid the political ruckus over a book comparing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Tuesday slammed the author and said that “nobody in the world can be compared to the Maratha warrior king.”

Bhosale, who hails from Satara, is the 13th descendant of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

The controversy over the book – Aaj Ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi – authored by BJP leader Jai Bhagwan Goyal led to protests across Maharashtra with Congress and other opposition parties attacking BJP.

While talking to the reporters in Pune, Bhosale slammed Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) saying that those opposing the book didn’t raise any objection when NCP President Sharad Pawar was called “Janata Raja”. 

‘Janata Raja’ is a title which is exclusively used for Shivaji in Maharashtra. Bhosale, however, didn’t name Pawar in his remarks. 

Calling someone ‘Janata Raja’ is belittling Shivaji Maharaj. Nobody in the world can be compared to Shivaji Maharaj,” Bhosale said.

Targeting Shiv Sena, Bhosale said that if the regional party had the “guts” to rename their party adding that they should rename their party to ‘Thackeray Sena’.

Did Shiv Sena ask the descendants when it used Shivaji’s name in the party’s title? Remove the word ‘Shiv’ (Shivaji) from Shiv Sena and rename it as ‘Thackeray Sena’. Various parties have not only misused Shivaji’s name but have insulted the king in various ways,” said Bhosale.

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Udayanraje Bhosale left Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and joined BJP ahead of the Maharashtra assembly polls last year. 

Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had asked Udayanraje Bhosale and Shivendraraje Bhosale to resign over the issue while demanding a ban on the book. 

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