Rajnath Singh leaves Uddhav Thackeray red-faced after greeting him with ‘Assalumu Alaikum’: Reports

Maharashtra’s former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray lost his temper after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh greeted him with ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ in a phone call asking for support for the candidate President of the NDA, Draupadi Murmu, a report published in Maharashtra Times said.

According to reports, Uddhav Thackeray spoke about the incident while meeting with fellow Shiv Sena MPs at his residence in Matoshree. “We may have been part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, but we have not renounced Hindutva,” Uddhav reportedly said while recounting his call with Rajnath Singh at the meeting.

Uddhav Thackeray had convened a meeting on Tuesday with the Shiv Sena deputies who are still loyal to him at his residence in Matoshree. The report said the meeting was attended by 30 to 35 members, although it did not reveal the names of the members present at the meeting at the Thackeray residence. During the meeting, Uddhav said he received a call from Union Minister Rajnath Singh, who is responsible for building consensus among opposition parties for the NDA presidential candidate.

However, Rajnath Singh’s ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ greeting raised the hairs of the ex-CM of Maharashtra, who was reportedly taken aback by the Union Minister’s use of the Arabic greeting to greet him. “Assalamu Alaikum” are Arabic words used by Muslims to greet each other. Hearing Rajnath Singh’s words, Uddhav Thackeray’s temper flared and he reportedly said, “Even though we were part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, we have not abandoned Hindutva. You should keep this in mind.

According to the report, after Thackeray’s disapproval, Singh greeted him with “Jai Shri Ram”.

Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, accused of betraying Hindutva

It should be noted that since the Shiv Sena, under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, formed an unholy alliance with its political rivals, the Congress and the NCP, after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, it has been accused of sacrificing Hindutva on the altar of the chief ministerial post.

The first signs of Shiv Sena abandoning the Hindutva issue came when a Common Minimum Program (CMP) was drawn up among allies of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. It appeared that in their lust for power, Shiv Sena had abandoned the cause of Hindutva. In fact, there was speculation that Congress and the NCP wanted assurances from Shiv Sena that their Hindutva agenda would take a back seat once the government was formed.

After forming a government with the NCP and Congress, the Shiv Sena drastically reduced its demand for a Bharat Ratna for Hindutva ideologue and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, indicating that the Shiv Sena no longer defends the cause of Hindutva with the same intensity as before. Reservations of up to 5% for Maharashtra Muslims was another such incident which demonstrated that Shiv Sena has abandoned the cause of Hindutva.

Two and a half years after the government was formed in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and an overwhelming majority of party MPs mutinied against Uddhav Thackeray, citing the party’s betrayal of Hindutva. The rebellion resulted in the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, after which Eknath Shinde became the chief minister of Maharashtra with the support of the BJP.

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