A book by a BJP leader comparing Chhatrapati Shivaji to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has caused massive political outrage in Maharashtra when Congress, Shiv Sena, and Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which are part of the government alliance, hold the negotiations have BJP.
The book entitled "Aaj ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi"and written by BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal, was released during a religious-cultural meeting organized by the Delhi BJP.
Cancel "Chamchagiri"or sycophancy, the Sanjay Raut des Shiv Senas said the warrior king's descendants should clarify whether they like it when the prime minister is compared to him.
"Chhatrapati Shivaji's descendants should clarify whether they like it when (Narendra) Modi is compared to him. Chhatrapati Shivaji's descendants should end BJP because of the book," said MR Raut, aiming at BJP's Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Raje, the is a descendant of Shivaji.
Sambhaji Raje told BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday to immediately ban the book. "We respect Narendra Modi, who was elected Prime Minister of the country for the second time. But neither Modi nor anyone else in the world can be compared to him
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, "he said on Sunday.
Another BJP leader, Udayanraje Bhosale, is the thirteenth descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji. He left the NCP within a few months of the Lok Sabha election in April 2019. He later joined the BJP and took part in the by-election of Lok Sabha from Satara in October last year. However, he lost the by-election.
Maharashtra Congress spokesman Atul Londhe filed a complaint against the author with the Nagpur police on Sunday for comparing PM Modi to Shivaji in his book.
Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan of the NCP said that Chhatrapati Shivaji's personality and work are incomparable. "No one can compete with the legendary warrior king's toenail," he said.