PUNE: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s descendant and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Tuesday said nobody in the world can be compared to the 17th Century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
He was speaking to reporters on the controversy over a book comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Maratha king.
The book, titled ‘Aaj Ke Shivaji: Narendra Modi’, written by BJP leader Jay Bhagwan Goyal, has caused a political storm in Maharashtra, where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a highly revered figure. Udayanraje expressed disappointment over the book.
Without naming anyone, Udyanraje said, “Only Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj can be called ‘Janata Raja’.”
Janata Raja is another title bestowed on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Without naming Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, he said, “Calling someone Janata Raja is playing down Shivaji Maharaj.”
Pawar is called ‘Janata Raja’ by his followers.
“There was only one ‘Janata Raja’ and that was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. So, think before calling someone ‘Janata Raja’,” said Udayanraje Bhosale, who quit the NCP last year to join the BJP.
The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress are alliance partners in the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.
These parties have criticised the book for comparing Modi with Shivaji Maharaj, calling it ‘insulting’.
Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have been protesting in various parts of Maharashtra and have condemned the book and the BJP.
On Tuesday, city Congress leader Gopal Tiwari and Congress workers agitated at Sant Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk.