Pune, Jan 15: The ongoing political row over Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took a new turn on Wednesday, with Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut demanding proof from BJP leader Udayanraje Bhosale of being the direct descendant of the legendary Maratha warrior king.
On Tuesday, Bhosale had slammed Raut for maintaining silence on BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal’s controversial book, in which he compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chhatrapati Shivaji.
He had also said that when Shiv Sena was constituted, the word 'Shiv' was used.
"Did you come and ask the descendants," Mr Bhosale had said.
Talking to a group of media on sidelines of an event here, he not only asked Bhosale to give proof of his royal lineage but also said that no one has the right or ownership over Chhatrapati Shivaji.
''He (Bhosale) should bring proof that he is the direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji... No one has the ownership rights over Shivaji Maharaj," the Sena leader said in response to Mr Bhosale's comments.
Reacting to his attack on the ruling Shiv Sena for placing the photo of Sena founder Bal Thackeray above that of the Maratha king at the Sena Bhavan in Mumbai, Mr Raut said, "Similarly, people of the state gave the title of Hinduriday Samrat' to (late Sena supremo) Balasaheb Thackeray."
Mr Raut also gave a piece of advice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said that the latter should spend 15 hours a day in the party office.
Mr Bhosale, formerly a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who switched over to BJP shortly before the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, had also indirectly attacked NCP chief Sharad Pawar by saying the use of term ''Jaanata Raja'' (the wise king) for anybody else other than Chhatrapati Shivaji was tantamount to belittling the Maratha king.
Mr Raut also recalled how he had once met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and admonished him.
"I have seen him (Dawood), I have met him, I have spoken to him and I have also admonished him," he claimed during the interaction. (UNI)