MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday stirred a hornet’s nest after his editorial in the Saamna wrote that Muslims’ voting rights should be revoked.

In an elaborate article, Raut has written that the only way to eliminate vote bank politics is to revoke Muslims’ voting rights.  

In the article published in the Shiv Sena’s mouthpeice Saamna, Raut addressing All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Owaisi as ‘Owaisi bhai from Hyderabad’ said, “As long as Muslim votes are for sale, the community will remain backward and its leaders will become rich.”

Raut in his editorial piece written in Marathi said this is why Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray had demanded that ‘voting rights for Muslims should be taken away’.

“Owaisi bhai is doing politics of Muslim votes and we don’t know if it will benefit him or the community, but it will harm the country,” Raut further said.

Earlier this week, Akbaruddin Owaisi, in a rally in Mumbai had targeted Shiv Sena and dared Sena President Uddhav Thackeray to come to Hyderabad.

(With IANS Inputs)

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