Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday slammed Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) chief Aaditya Thackeray for allegedly questioning the authenticity of the metallic wagh-nakh (‘tiger claws’) utilized by the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Mr. Fadnavis stated Mr. Thackeray’s questions had been “childish” and never “worthy of a response.”
Addressing a press convention on Saturday, Mr. Thackeray requested if the ‘wagh nakh’ being delivered to Maharashtra from a museum within the United Kingdom did certainly belong to Chhatrapati Shivaji or if it was from one other period. He additionally needed to know if the thing would keep or whether or not it was on mortgage.
Mr. Thackeray based mostly his feedback on info out there on the web site of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the place the weapon is at present stored.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cleanliness occasion in Mumbai, Mr. Fadnavis stated: “The Shiv Sena has a history of raising such insulting questions. (Rajya Sabha MP) Sanjay Raut had once questioned the lineage of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Aaditya Thackeray’s question is childish. I do not want to respond to it.”
The metallic wagh-nakh (tiger claws) was utilized by the Maratha warrior king to kill Afzal Khan – the 17th century basic of Bijapur’s Adil Shahi dynasty. Shivaji’s daring exploits and the following battle of Pratapgadh (believed to have taken place on November 10, 1659) have since been broadly celebrated in Marathi ballads and folklore and are a centrepiece of the warrior king’s profession.
Earlier this month, BJP chief and Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had stated the State authorities would convey the ‘wagh nakh’ to Maharashtra in November the place it could be made out there for public show.
Mr. Mungantiwar stated that on October 3, the State authorities could be signing an MoU in London to convey the weapon again.