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Hanuman Chalisa controversy: Sanjay Raut claims, BJP restless over inability to form government in Maharashtra

Mumbai A day after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis pulled up the Maharashtra government in the wake of a political row over recitation of Hanuman Chalisa, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unable to return to power in the state. Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Raut claimed that there is no scope for the BJP to return to power in Maharashtra for the next 25 years. Shiv Sena, which broke ties with the BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, is currently sharing power with the NCP and Congress in the state.

Raut also claimed that former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who had accused Shiv Sena workers of attacking him last week, had “applied tomato sauce to pretend to bleed”. The Shiv Sena leader’s remarks came after former MP Somaiya and a delegation of BJP MLAs from Mumbai met Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in New Delhi on Monday to demand formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the alleged attack on Somaiya. Came after it was done. Raut also took a dig at Fadnavis for his statement that if reciting Hanuman Chalisa was treason, he would do so to his partymen.

The Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana after they were called to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra and registered a sedition case against them. did. Raut said, “Fadnavis is misleading people. There is no charge of sedition for reciting Hanuman Chalisa. Do not recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the homes of others. Do it in temples. If you spoil the atmosphere by reciting Hanuman Chalisa, then you will be prosecuted.

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