Politics has intensified on the statement made by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat about Hindutva in Vijayadashami celebrations. Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has reacted sharply to this. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has also jumped in the middle. In such a situation, the issue may catch up in the coming assembly elections. The Sangh chief had reiterated his stand at the annual Dussehra celebrations of the Sangh that all the people living in this country have the same ancestors. He had said that the Hindu society would have to be re-awakened while remembering its self.
This program of the Sangh was held in Nagpur on Friday morning, while in the evening of the same day in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray took a dig at Bhagwat at the Dussehra celebrations of Shiv Sena, saying that if our ancestors are the same then the ancestors of the people protesting in Lakhimpur. What were different? Were they people from another planet? Uddhav described the Sangh and his ideology as one but made it clear that the paths are different. He also indirectly targeted the Prime Minister and said that I will carry the bag and walk, such thinking is not ours.
In the midst of these statements of Bhagwat and Uddhav Thackeray, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi also took a dig at Shiv Sena. He said that NCP and Congress have given up their so called secularism but you still stand on your Hindutva. This statement is important because Shiv Sena has a coalition government with NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.
Now that assembly elections in five states are due early next year, such statements reinforce the politics of social polarisation. Owaisi is looking for possibilities for himself in Uttar Pradesh after Bihar. And his statement is being seen from such a point of view. At the same time, Uddhav Thackeray is busy maintaining his Hindutva attitude after separating from the BJP. While living with the Congress and the NCP, many questions were raised on him. In such a situation, he is trying to strengthen himself by taking a jibe at Bhagwat.