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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Sanjay Raut takes 'dancer' jibe at BJP's Amravati candidate Navneet Rana

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second-largest after Uttar Pradesh. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 23 out of 25 seats it contested in alliance with the undivided Shiv Sena.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Mumbai Updated on: April 18, 2024 20:29 IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2024, Sanjay Raut takes dancer jibe at Navneet Rana, BJP Amravati candidate, mah
Image Source : PTI (FILE) Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Sanjay Raut takes 'dancer' jibe at BJP's Amravati candidate Navneet Rana.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut today (April 18) triggered a controversy by calling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Amravati Lok Sabha seat Navneet Rana a "dancer".

Rana, an actor-turned-politician, was elected from Amravati in eastern Maharashtra as an independent in 2019 and she is now contesting from the same constituency on a BJP ticket.

"The Lok Sabha election is a contest not against a dancer or 'babli' (a con character in a Hindi film) but a fight between Maharashtra and Modi. She is a dancer, an actor on the screen who will mark some affectionate gestures, but do not fall for that trap," Raut said.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) Rajya Sabha MP made the controversial comments while addressing a campaign rally in Amaravati in support of Congress candidate Balwant Wankhede, who is pitted against Rana. The Shiv Sena (UBT) is an ally of the Congress.

Raut, a vocal critic of the BJP, asked voters to defeat Rana.

"She tried to enter 'Matoshri' (residence of Sena-UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai) by force (during an agitation in 2022). She challenged us and use foul language for Hindu religion. It is the primary duty and moral obligation of Shiv Sena supporters to defeat her in the election," said Raut.

Amravati in the Vidarbha region will vote in the second phase on April 26.

Manisha Kayande reacts on Sanjay Raut's comments 

Reacting sharply to Raut's comments, Manisha Kayande, a member of the ruling Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, said, "Like Congress leader Randeep Surjewala who used insulting words against BJP MP Hema Malini, Sanjay Raut should also be reprimanded by the Election Commission (EC)."

Two days ago, the EC barred Surjewala from campaigning for 48 hours over his alleged derogatory remarks against Hema Malini. Raut's language underscores his dislike for women who are marching ahead in their chosen fields, noted Kayande.

"The EC should ban Raut from addressing rallies during the campaign and teach him a lesson. Raut should not be allowed to give any speeches or interviews to media during the entire campaign period," she said.

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