By The Colourboard Desk
BJP MP Udayan Raje Bhosale on Slogan Controversy says, Venkaiah Naidu Did Not Insult Shivaji Maharaj
BJP MP Udayanraje Bhosale after completing his oath in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, had chanted the slogan "Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra, Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji". To which Venkaiah Naidu, was heard saying, “No other slogans are allowed in the House, keep that in mind for future guidance.” which turned into a controversy in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, Bhosale tried to downplay the controversy. “Naidu said you can take oath, but do not add anything else to it…it is (chanting a slogan after taking the oath) not in line with the Constitution,” the BJP MP said, adding, “But some people have created a controversy out of it. Had Shivaji Maharaj been insulted, I am not the one to keep quiet. I would have resigned at the very moment.” “Naidu did no wrong. Had he done so, I would have sought his apology,” Bhosale added.
The Vice-President, also clarified that he meant no disrespect to anyone. “Always been a strong and vocal admirer of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and worshipper of Goddess Bhawani. Reminded Members that as per conventional practice at the time of taking oath, no slogans are given. No disrespect at all,” Naidu tweeted on Thursday.
However, the clarification given by both Bhosale and Naidu, didn't stop Shiv Sena and NCP from protesting against the Rajya Sabha chairman.
While Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said the slogan “Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji” was as important as “Jai Hind” and “Vande Mataram,” and it does not violate any constitutional norms, The youth wing of the NCP said it would send 20 lakh letters to Naidu, protesting over the issue.
NCP youth wing chief Mahebub Shaikh said the letters will include the text ‘Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji’.