Bihar election has led to caste, region being linked to Army: Shiv Sena’s dig at PM Modi

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Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece Saamana, has taken a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his statement mentioning the bravery of Bihar Regiment in the Galwan Valley clash on June 15.

Referring to PM Modi’s statement, Shiv Sena said due to the upcoming elections in Bihar, “caste and region” is now being explained by highlighting the role of the Bihar regiment whose personnel were involved in the fierce face-off with the Chinese troops.

Shiv Sena accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the Indian Army’s valor in the Galwan valley clash and playing “caste and regional” card for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections.

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Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of indulging in caste politics, the Shiv Sena, in a stinging poser, said, “PM Modi said the Bihar Regiment showed bravery in Galwan. Were Mahar, Maratha, Rajput, Sikh, Gorkha, Dogra regiments sitting idle and mixing or chewing tobacco on the borders?”

“Sunil Kale (CRPF jawan from Maharashtra) attained martyrdom in Pulwama (during an encounter with terrorists). Due to the upcoming Bihar elections, importance is being given to caste and region in the Indian Army,” the Shiv Sena said.

Expressing strong disapproval of caste-based politics and referring to BJP MLC Gopichand Padalkar’s “coronavirus” jibe at NCP President Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena’s publication said this kind of politics was worse than coronavirus.

Assembly polls are due later this year in Bihar, where the BJP is part of the JD(U)-led ruling coalition.

“It is this kind of politics that is even worse than coronavirus. Opposition in Maharashtra is also trying to work in that way,” the party said.

Gopichand Padalkar had on Wednesday termed Sharad Pawar as “coronavirus” that has infected Maharashtra and accused him of doing politics over the issue of reservation for the Dhangar (shepherd) community.

Defending Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena attacked the BJP, saying Gopichand was like a raw pitcher but broken. “PM Modi has often praised Sharad Pawar’s seniority, experience, diligence, and social policy. Sharad Pawar is highly respected in Maharashtra and the country.”

The article further spoke about Sharad Pawar’s contribution to the upliftment of the Bahujans. “Sharad Pawar brought many youths of Bahujan Samaj forward in politics.”

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