Maharashtra Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Viral Video Shows Rahul Gandhi ‘Disrespecting’ Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Statue In Pune Rally

Maharashtra Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Viral Video Shows Rahul Gandhi ‘Disrespecting’ Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Statue In Pune Rally

This action by Rahul seems to have angered right-wing individuals, especially BJP leaders and members, who took to social media to express their criticism.

Rahul MUpdated: Saturday, May 04, 2024, 05:11 PM IST
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi found himself embroiled in controversy on Saturday after a video allegedly showing him disrespecting a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, presented to him by party leaders during a Lok Sabha rally in Pune, Maharashtra, went viral on social media.

Rahul arrived in Pune today to support Congress candidate Ravindra Dhangekar, who is contesting from the Pune Lok Sabha constituency.

In the video, Rahul can be seen accepting a shawl, a turban, and a statue of Shivaji. However, according to claims by netizens on social media, Rahul did not allow the statue to be placed on the dais and asked a party member to take it away.

Watch the video here:

This action by Rahul seems to have angered right-wing individuals, especially BJP leaders and members, who took to social media to express their criticism.

State General Secretary, Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha, Vaishali Poddar taking it to X said, "This is not just an insult to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj but also to all Hindus living in entire Maharashtra and India. India will not tolerate the insult of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj."

"What will this spoiled prince understand about the honour, prestige and dignity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj? Shame on those people who vote for him.Disgusting, shameless!!" said @im_vandy.

"Rahul Gandhi respects Aurangzeb by bowing his head, but why is he insulting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj?" said @manishkrai83

"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is like a god to us and he is insulting our god-like Maharaj in front of us. After this, Congress should not expect even a tiny bit of vote from us. Jai Bhavani. Hail Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj," said @DharmSena108.

During the rally, Rahul said that if INDI alliance is voted to power a 73 per cent reservation, with 15 per cent for Dalits, 8 per cent for Adivasis, and 50 per cent for backward classes, including Marathas and Dhans will be given. 

He further stated that a caste-based census will be conducted once his party forms the government. “Everyone will be given representation according to their caste numbers. Debt waivers will be provided for farmers across the country, and the GST will be replaced.”

Rahul also addressed the issue of increasing paper leaks and promised strict punishments for those involved. He assured the audience that all papers would be scrutinized by government commissions.

Gandhi also accused PM Modi and the BJP of undermining the constitution. He reiterated the commitment to uphold the constitution drafted by B. R. Ambedkar.

Pune is one of the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra. Currently represented by BJP's Girish Bhalchandra Bapat, the constituency will go to elections in the fourth phase on May 13th.

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