Mumbai, Aug 23: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday accused the BJP for using “money and Muni” (monk) to win the recently held the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) elections.
Launching a scathing attack on its ally, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the BJP had used a Jain Muni, named Nayapadma Sagar who is a goon, to break the Sena vote bank among Jains and Gujaratis in the Mira Road-Bhayander twin townships in southwest Thane district.
“Using a religious personality to solicit votes is a clear violation of the election code of conduct. We have the tape recordings and we shall complain against the BJP to the central and state election commissions,” Raut told media.
Raut said the BJP’s victory in MBMC is “a blot on the state’s culture” and earlier only the Jama Masjid Imams used such “fatwas” like the one by the Jain Muni in by-polls.
In a video message which went viral during the civic election, the Jain monk, Muni Nayapadma Sagar, had reportedly urged his followers to cast vote for the BJP by saying that its the only party which will uphold vegetarianism in Mira Road-Bhayander and the rest of the country”.
Raut compared Sagar with Zakir Naik and asserted law and order is in danger on account of such religious leaders.
“These people campaigning for vegetarianism society in Mira Road-Bhayander today will tomorrow demand that the jawans on the country’s borders should also turn vegetarians. Because of such elements, the country will be doomed,” Raut warned.