After the announcement of Raj Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya, Aaditya Thackeray has also announced to go there and has asked to beware of ‘fake Hindutva’, waging a poster war in the city. At the same time, BJP’s Bahubali MP from Kaiserganj, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, has threatened not to allow Raj Thackeray to enter Ayodhya, calling him ‘Kalnemi’. Another BJP MP Lallu Singh is teaching Raj Thackeray to ‘come in Modi’s shelter with Ram’.
Ayodhya, which in its past has seen several battles between advocates of sarva-dharma harmony or secularism and Hindutvaists, is faced with a different kind of ‘strange’ these days as Hindutvavadis, despite having succeeded in belittling their opponents in large parts of the country. They are not resting and they are not ready to give up the chase of Ayodhya even after the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute is resolved.
Therefore, if their various political groups do not understand anything else, then they are bent on coming to Ayodhya to prove themselves as the biggest heirs of Hindutva’s ‘ideology’ and take the decision of ‘Tu badi ki main’.
She is also not shying away from calling herself real and others as fake, Gandhari, Ghandhari, sold and fake etc. Naturally, people are remembering that now in their own camp, these Jamaat, engrossed in Latihav, used to likewise disguise the sacred constitutional value of secularism.
Readers will remember, just a few days ago, how the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena were exposing each other’s ‘bravery’ claims in the affair of looting the ‘credit’ for the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6th December, 1992! As if that destruction, condemned even by the Supreme Court, is the biggest political ‘virtue’ of his account!
Now going beyond that, their effort is that in Maharashtra, where their split is many years old, the war of Hindutva legacy between them should also be decided by making Ayodhya a battlefield.
The one thing that is most significant in this regard is that since 2019, Shiv Sena, which has been running the government in alliance with parties which call itself secular, like Congress and Nationalist Congress, has to face any changed image other than Hindutva in the upcoming assembly elections of Maharashtra. It is not a good idea to go in front of voters together.
That’s why she says in the style of pounding paddy and covering her armpits or in the style of grazing her camels, she is saying that she has to fight Hindutva with someone else, especially the BJP. There is no need to learn.
It is as if the BJP, which was not accepted as secular even though the Hindutva agenda was put on hold under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, repeatedly said that it did not need to take secularism lessons from anyone.
But now her eyes have died so much that by taking advantage of her power in both the country and Uttar Pradesh, she wants to turn Ayodhya into such a fortress of Hindutva, which will not be broken by anyone and in which there is no place for secularism. Ho.
Shiv Sena may have been her most trusted ally once, but now she does not want to give him any place in this fort. So he inherited his infighting to lay thorns in his path, hoping to lead Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, born in March 2006, as his C-team, as the B-team is Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIUM. Is doing that Raj Thackeray, who could not do anything for his ambitions during this time, he will not only drive away the ghost of fear of his future by reciting Hanuman Chalisa, but will also prove helpful in fulfilling his wishes.
It is also not without reason that the BJP, according to its convenience, without going into the past history of Shiv Sena, is reminding it of the famous statement of its founder Balasaheb Thackeray that if it ever comes to go with the Congress, they will destroy Shiv Sena and rule. Thackeray has announced to come to Ayodhya with three thousand supporters on June 5 to give a new edge to ‘his’ Hindutva.
Many observers are saying that the BJP is sponsoring this visit of Raj Thackeray from behind the scenes and has succeeded in the sense that Shiv Sena has come under its trap. He too without delay made a program of Ayodhya visit of Aaditya Thackeray, son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also a minister in the Thackeray government, and started a poster war.
Describing Raj Thackeray as a fake Hindutvawadi in one of the posters, he has written: The real is coming, beware of the fake! Shiv Sena says that Aditya is going to Ayodhya to get the blessings of Lord Ram for Ram Rajya in Maharashtra.
Earlier on March 7, 2020, Uddhav Thackeray had come to Ayodhya on the completion of 100 days of his government. Then, while announcing to give one crore rupees for the construction of Ram temple, he said that he has separated from BJP and not Hindutva.
Earlier in 2018, when Shiv Sena was in government in Maharashtra with BJP, Uddhav had come to Ayodhya to corner the BJP over alleged laxity in the efforts to build Ram temple and ask for the date of construction of the temple.
But now in the changed situation, the BJP, which is not doing anything to calm down his Maharashtra government and its leaders, is in trouble in the sense that despite internal collusion with Raj Thackeray, it is finding it difficult to openly accept relations with him.
In fact, Raj Thackeray has the image of a leader of killing, harassing and exterminating North Indians in Maharashtra and the BJP is unwilling to risk losing its political edge in the states of North India by putting a hand on his back.
This is the reason that the conflicting statements of two BJP MPs regarding their Ayodhya visit are becoming a topic of discussion and are being replaced by it. His Kaiserganj’s Bahubali MP Brijbhushan Sharan Singh has threatened to not allow Raj Thackeray to enter Ayodhya, calling him ‘Kalnemi’.
It has also demanded that they apologize for the harassment of North Indians in Maharashtra before entering Ayodhya. He has also requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath not to meet him until Raj Thackeray apologises.
But Lallu Singh, the BJP MP from Faizabad, is saying that he will “welcome Raj Thackeray, who has come to the shelter of Lord Shri Ram” in Ayodhya, expecting him to take away Modi’s refuge in the same way.
In Lallu’s own words, ‘May God give wisdom to Raj Thackeray to work under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi, so that his and Maharashtra’s welfare can be done. We are welcoming them as servants of Ram Bhakts. It is the nature of Lord Shri Ram and Ayodhya that we never insult the one who takes refuge.
Various meanings are being extracted in the political circles for these statements of Brij Bhushan and Lallu and there is no answer from the BJP regarding their mutual opposition.
Undoubtedly, in the midst of these clashes of Hindutva groups, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress also have to answer the question of what they achieved by forming the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi and the government with the ‘biggest Hindutva’ Shiv Sena in Maharashtra in the name of stopping the BJP and Has Shiv Sena changed him or he changed Shiv Sena during the rule of this government?
And when Shivsena, BJP and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are at loggerheads over Hindutva legacy, will Congress and NCP absent or take the stand of secularism standing outside or fight soft and hard Hindutva as usual and remain farm? Whether we will learn anything from this testimony of the country’s democratic history that whenever secularism is wrested out of competition in an electoral battle between soft and hard forms of Hindutva, its hard form wins.
Incidentally, so far, barring one Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has taken a very frank approach in his criticism of Hindutvaists over communal violence and the Hanuman Chalisa controversy, the secular camp has smelled of snakes. The question is whether the secularism of the country has become completely unclaimed?
(The author is a senior journalist.)
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