Maharashtra moving towards “chaos and destruction” due to caste conflict says Sena

Vastavam web: Maharashtra is moving towards “chaos and destruction” due to caste conflict, the Shiv Sena said today as it continued its attack on the Devendra Fadnavis government over the violence at Bhima Koregaon village.The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, a junior ally in the BJP-led government, bemoaned large-scale damage to property by protesters during the January 3 bandh in Maharashtra called by Dalit outfits to denounce the violence at Bhima Koregaon in Pune district.The Sena organ said if the bandh called by the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) was peaceful, his stature as a leader would have risen.

“His followers have become directionless. In Kolhapur, a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was desecrated,” the Marathi daily said.None of the Dalit leaders tried to calm tempers of the community members, who, anyway, were in no mood to listen to them, the BJP’s bickering ally lamented.Violence during the state-wide bandh resulted in loss of property to the tune of crores of rupees, the publication claimed, adding the financially bleeding transport body MSRTC alone took a Rs 25-crore hit.

“This is not the time to analyse if the caste violence will benefit the BJP or any other party,” the editorial read.On January 4, too, the Shiv Sena had attacked the Fadnavis government over its inept handling of the violence in Bhima-Koregaon and the subsequent incidents, alleging it had no work except to fight elections using the state machinery.The violence erupted when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which the British defeated the Peshwas of Maharashtra.