Sack Narayan Rane from Union Cabinet over Shankaracharyas’ remark, says Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena (UBT) has demanded the dismissal of Union Minister Narayan Rane from the Narendra Modi cabinet for questioning the “contribution” of Shankaracharyas to the Hindu religion.

The Uddhav Thacerkay-led party also sought a public apology from the BJP ahead of the consecration (pran pratishtha) of Ram Temple in Ayodhya over Rane’s comments.

Shiv Sena (UBT) ally Congress staged a protest at the party office in Mumbai against Rane on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Palghar, Rane said the Shankaracharyas should bless the Ram Temple instead of criticising some aspects and accused them of looking at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP through a “political prism”.

“No one could do it until now. PM Modi and the BJP took it up and a temple is being built. Should they bless the temple or criticise it? It means the Shankaracharyas look at PM Modi and the BJP through a political prism. This temple is not built on politics but on religion. Ram is our God,” Rane said.

“Shankaracharyas should tell what is their contribution to the Hindu religion,” he also said.

Addressing a rally on Saturday night, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP should issue a public apology ahead of the consecration of the Ram Temple for the “derogatory” remarks made by Rane against the Shankaracharyas. He also demanded that the BJP expel Rane from the party.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut said Rane insulted Hinduism by questioning the contribution of the Shankaracharyas.

“The BJP must apologise before January 22 (when the idol consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple will take place in Ayodhya). We demand that PM Modi sack Rane from the Union Cabinet,” Raut said.

Supriya Sule, working president of the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said it was for the BJP to respond to Rane’s comments.

On Friday, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) working president Alok Kumar said two of the four Shankaracharyas had “openly welcomed” the upcoming consecration ceremony, but none of them would attend the grand event to be held in Ayodhya.

They will visit the Ram temple later “as per their convenience”, he told news agency PTI.

The Opposition parties have been targeting the BJP over reports of respective Shankaracharyas of Shri Shringeri Sharda Peeth Karnataka, Dwarka Sharda Peeth in Gujarat, Jyotir Peeth in Uttarakhand and Govardhan Peeth in Odisha deciding not to attend the consecration ceremony.

Jyotirpeeth Sankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati had reportedly said it would not be right to perform a consecration ceremony at this stage as the construction was yet to be completed.

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Jan 15, 2024

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