After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the Center to print images of goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on new banknotes, Maharashtra BJP leader Nitish Rane on Wednesday proposed that banknotes also be printed with a photo of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Rane also tweeted a photo of a Rs 200 note with Shivaji’s photo and wrote: “Ye perfect hai! (This is perfect!)”
Your perfect hai! pic.twitter.com/GH6EMkYeSN
— nitesh rane (@NiteshNRane) October 26, 2022
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal addressed a press conference and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider including the pictures of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha in banknotes as they would earn the blessings of the Hindu gods and boost the economy. . Kejriwal went on to say that if Indonesia can do it, so can India.
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It seems that Kejriwal’s appeal is clearly less about the economy and more about appeasing Hindu voters in an unabashed effort to get the ruling BJP on the latter’s Hinduvta shelf. That’s why Kejriwal’s words got under the skin of the BJP.
BJP’s Sambit Patra took pot shots at Kejriwal, saying that “there is a song in a Hindi movie – ‘kya ho gaya dekhte dekhte'”. During the press conference, Patra also said: “Kashmiri Pandit ko dilli me naukri dene se inkaar karne waale Arvind Kejriwal, Kashmiri Pandit ke upar hasne wale Arvind Kejriwal, aaj achanak jo Hindu banne ki chesta kar rehein hain, ye U-turn ki parakasta hoi. ”
The BJP has tried to portray Kejriwal as suffering from ‘impostor syndrome’ and a ‘chunavi Hindu’.
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