At Dussehra event organised by BJP, party says figure of Ravan it burnt symbolised not only inflation and graft, but also Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's autocratic style of functioning

This Dussehra the BJP claims to have burnt the Ravan of corruption and inflation and along with that the growing "autocracy" of Deputy Chief Minsiter Ajit Pawar. BJP's Manisha Gaikwad, president of Vadgaon Sheri constituency, organised a Ravandahan ceremony where a Ravan symbolic of corruption and inflation and the "dictatorship" of Pawar was burnt.

Fired up: The Ravandahan organised by the city BJP unit at Vadgaon
Sheri. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

"We have burnt the growing autocracy of Pawar in the city. We have also burnt Ravan who was the symbol of inflation and corruption, which is again the making of Congress-NCP alliance," said Vikas Mathkari, city unit chief of BJP.

Incensed with BJP's action, Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal demanded the resignation of BJP's Ganesh Bidkar, who is the chairman of the Standing Committee in the civic body. Bidkar was elected the chairman of the Standing Committee with the support of NCP and MNS. 

"The BJP should resign from the chairmanship of Standing Committee before burning the effigy of Ajit Pawar for the ritual of Ravandahan on the occasion of Dusshera," said Rajpal. "With our support, Bidkar was elected as the chairman. The party should resign from the chairmanship before doing this immature act. BJP always engages in such type of acts at the time of elections. As the Khadakwasla bypoll is imminent, BJP is trying to gain undue advantage from such religious acts."

Rajpal also asked the BJP to take care of the infighting in the party rather than getting involved in petty politics through religious rituals. Retorting to Rajpal's statements, Mathkari said, "As far as the matter of our resignation is concerned we never asked for anyone's help in the election of chairman of the Standing Committee. The NCP voted for us as it did not want to vote for the Congress candidate."

BJP also organised Ravandahan programmes in Pimpri and Kondhwa. Rajpal said the NCP did not need any Ravandahan as it was trying to control corruption and bring progressive thoughts among the people.