Independent lawmakers Navneet and Ravi Rana on Saturday recited Hanuman Chalisa at the Hanuman Temple in Delhi, claiming that “the biggest danger in the form of Shiv Sena has emerged in Maharashtra” and prayed for its removal. The couple was arrested last month on treason charges after being called to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai and was released on bail 12 days later.
Navneet Rana, an independent Lok Sabha member from Amravati, wearing a saffron sari and accompanied by her husband and many supporters, walked from her North Avenue residence to the Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place to pray.
“Uddhav Thackeray is the biggest danger in Maharashtra. I have come to pray for Maharashtra to be saved from this danger, ”Navneet told reporters outside the temple. The Rana couple also prayed at the temple. The temple visit comes on a day when Thackeray is scheduled to address a huge rally in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Navneet Rana has accused Shiv Sena of abandoning the cause of Hindutva by joining hands with Congress and NCP to seize power in Maharashtra. “Uddhav Thackeray has forgotten the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray. Balasaheb was the real torchbearer of Hindutva, these are fake, ”he said in response to a question about Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s remarks that it was time to show the real style of Shiv Sena.
Navneet dared Rana Thackeray to take action against “those praying at Aurangzeb’s tomb” instead of targeting him for supporting the cause of Hinduism. AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Waisi prayed at the tomb of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb at Khuldabad near Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
Continuing their attack on the Shiv Sena, the Rana couple said they would “uproot the Lanka of Shiv Sena corruption” from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, where elections were to be held. Shiv Sena has been in control of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, the country’s richest civic body since 1996.
The battle for the Mumbai Municipal Corporation has been closely watched as it has an annual budget of over Rs 30,000 crore, which is more than the few smaller states in the country.