Pune: Two days before the statewide celebration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s birth anniversary, an audio recording of a phone call of Ahmednagar Deputy Mayor and BJP leader Shripad Chhindam went viral on social messaging apps.
Chhindam allegedly made objectionable comments about Shivaji while talking to a municipal employee over the phone.
Riled up by the comments, opposition parties and other social groups took to the streets, leading to minor incidents of violence and the situation remained tense in Ahmednagar. The BJP removed Chhindam from the deputy mayor’s post with immediate effect and a video of him making an apology was circulated.
The youth wing of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) took the streets in Pune and organised a protest at a Shivaji statue near the Pune Municipal Corporation. The protestors alleged that Chhindam, who is from the RSS, made the statements which showed their true thoughts about Chhatrapati Shivaji.
“When asking for votes, they use the name of
Shivaji Maharaj, but now it is clear what their thoughts about him are,” Rakesh Kamthe, the city president of Rashtrawadi Yuvak Congress, said, demanding that Chindam be charged and arrested for ‘hateful and divisive statements’. Meanwhile, protestors put a footwear garland on an effigy of Chhindam.