Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray Monday
accused the Congress-NCP coalition of playing "caste politics"
in unceremoniously removing Dadoji Konddev`s statue from Lal
Mahal in Pune.
Talking to reporters, Raj said the ruling government had
used the controversy over role of Dadoji Konddev in
Chhatrapati Shivaji`s life to divert attention from more
important issues like the price rise.
"Historians from outside the state have chronicled
Shivaji`s life on many occasions and their account has never
put any black spot on the legendary Maratha warrior`s life. I
wonder if controversial author James Laine was given
information by these same people who are instrumental in
removing the statue from the museum," Raj said.
According to him, by resorting to such tactics, the
Congress-NCP was "maligning" the image of Chhatrapati Shivaji
"What reason will you give when you are asked why the
statue of Dadoji Konddev was removed. What was the harm if
Shahaji`s statue was installed along with Dadoji and Shivaji,"
"According to history, Dadoji Konddev entered Shivaji`s
life when he was seven years old," Raj said, adding that his
party had opposed the move in the Pune civic body and would
resort to massive agitation if the need arises.
The Congress-NCP coalition which rules the Pune civic
body had passed a resolution for the removal of the statue of
Konddev who is considered as the "guru" of Shivaji Maharaj.
Accordingly, the statue was removed last night.