`Govt`s move to change history caused tension in Miraj-Sangli`
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 15:40
Pune: The Maharashtra government's attempt to change history and negate the glorious role of Chhatrapati Shivaji was responsible for the current tension in Miraj-Sangli and other parts of Western Maharashtra, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde alleged here on Tuesday.

Munde, who arrived in the city late last night after being detained at Lonavala for some hours by police who have banned his entry into Satara and Sangli districts, told a press conference that the Congress-NCP government in the state was trying to write a "secular history" in Maharashtra.

"The arch depicting a historical scene from life of Shivaji was not allowed to be erected in Miraj leading to trouble," Munde said referring to the September 3 communal riot in the town on 'Anantchaturdashi day' when Ganesh immersion procession was in progress.

The arch on which a scene showing murder of Mogul knight Afzulkhan by warrior king Shivaji was painted by pro-Hindutva organisations, became a bone of contention resulting clashes between two groups with violence spilling over to adjoining areas.

Munde said police were trying to bring the explosive situation under control by using repressive methods leading to escalation of tension.

"Sarvajanik Ganesh idols are being forcefully immersed using municipal garbage vans in Miraj leading to anger and anguish among the people and volunteers of mandals", he alleged, adding that as many as 110 idols were yet to be traditionally immersed in the town.

Munde alleged that the government was deliberately trying to give a communal angle to the situation and objected to certain references in the police notice served on him banning his entry into the troubled districts.

He said BJP had no intention of deriving political mileage from the unfortunate situation and he would attend the all party meetings convened by state Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in Mumbai today to restore peace.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 15:40

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