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Under Fire For Tweet on Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, Former Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis Apologises

File photo of Devendra Fadnavis.

File photograph of Devendra Fadnavis.

BJP-nominated Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Raje had earlier requested Fadnavis to apologise for “hurting the sentiments” of the followers of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj by his tweet.

  • PTI Mumbai
  • Last Updated: May 7, 2020, 6:10 PM IST

Under flak for terming social reformer late Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj as a mere “social worker” in a tweet, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday apologised for the publish and stated that the considered disrespecting the legendary ruler can by no means come to his thoughts.

BJP-nominated Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Raje had earlier requested Fadnavis to apologise for “hurting the sentiments” of the followers of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj by his tweet.

In a tweet from his official Twitter deal with @YuvrajSambhaji, the MP stated, “Former chief minister @Dev_Fadnavis should apologise for yesterday’s episode. The sentiments of the followers of Shiv-Shahu (Chhatrapati Shivaji and Shahu Maharaj), including mine, are hurt.”

Replying to the tweet by Chhatrapati Sambhaji, Fadnavis stated, “I had asked my office to make the change in the tweet when I learned about the earlier mistake. The thought of disrespecting him (Shahu Maharaj) cannot ever come into my mind. I admit that sentiments of people are hurt. I apologise for it.”

In his tweet posted on Wednesday as a tribute to Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, king of the erstwhile princely state of Kolhapur, on his demise anniversary, Fadnavis had known as him as a “social worker”.

Shahu Maharaj, a extremely revered social reformer, championed the reason for social equality.

Fadnavis, who’s at the moment the Leader of Opposition within the state Legislative Assembly, had deleted the tweet after being trolled and criticised over it.

However, the screenshot of the BJP chief’s tweet was broadly circulated on social media with a number of political leaders, together with Sachin Sawant, common secretary of Maharashtra unit the Congress, criticising him over his publish.

“Such reference to social reformer Shahu Maharaj reflects the regressive school of thoughts from where he (Fadnavis) comes. It is not surprising that he called him a social worker. RSS always had grudges against Shahu Maharaj, Jyotiba Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. It came out today,” Sawant stated in a tweet on Wednesday.

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