Amidst the fever of elections across the nation from Panchayat to states to the Centre, all the political parties are leaving no stones unturned to come to power. But since the BJP has come back to power, after a sabbatical of 10 years, the party is determined to win them all, by hook or crook. In a new shock to BJP ahead of the elections, a huge cache of weapons was seized from a shop owned by BJP leader in Mumbai have hit the headlines. However, the question here arises that can this word prove to be a drawback to the party that earlier promised for clean governance?
When Afternoon Voice called the CMO asking why the leader was not expelled from the party and why the CM of the state, who’s also a BJP leader, is maintaining silence on such crucial issue ahead of the 2019 general elections, while the CM was unavailable for comment, his office bearers too maintained blatant silence to our queries.
Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde stated, “Kalyan and Dombivali which was earlier popularly known for its cultural activities will now be known as a criminal hub. Strict action should be taken against the BJP leader interrogating him on how and where he got the weapons from. As claimed, if the ammunition are kept for business purposes, he must be having a legal license. Since it’s not, there must be some illegal intention behind that.”
On Wednesday, the police have recovered around 180 weapons including swords, knives and kukris, worth Rs 1.86 lakh during a raid at a fashion products shop in Dombivli district owned by BJP leader Dhananjay Kulkarni. The raid was conducted on early Wednesday following a tip-off, the official said, adding that the owner of the shop has been arrested. The weapons were kept on sale at the shop named Tapasya House of Fashion, which deals in fashion and cosmetic products, Sanju John, senior inspector of Kalyan unit of Thane Crime Branch, said.
“During the raid, around 170 weapons, including air guns, 10 swords, 38 press button knives, 25 choppers, nine kukris, nine guptis (bladed weapon concealed in a wooden case), five knives, three axes, one sickle, were recovered,” he said.
As per the reports, the outlet has been in operation over the last seven months. According to police, the accused had procured the arms from Crawford Market in south Mumbai, as well as from Punjab and Rajasthan. Kulkarni was on Wednesday produced before a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody at Kalyan Court.
BJP spokesperson Shweta Shalini said, “According to my knowledge, the weapons found with Dhananjay Kulkarni were air guns and brought for the purpose of his personal business use. BJP will never support such criminals nor the party is linked with any such illegal works. The investigation is on and soon the truth will come out. In case, if weapons were brought for the illegal reasons, justice will be done.”
NCP MLC Vidya Chavan stated, “BJP is becoming an organisation that supports the criminals and it’s a hub for the leaders that are involved in crimes. The saffron party is always ahead to provoke communal violence ahead of the elections. Looking at the history of the BJP leaders like its party President and the PM, Dhananjay Kulkarni is also following their footsteps and ideology. The BJP-led government always tries to shut such cases. The party is at back foot both at the Centre and State; hence, by creating violence, they are trying to gain the vote bank which they have always been doing.”
In a similar case, earlier in August last year, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police arrested Vaibhav Raut, who was a suspected member of a right-wing Hindu organisation, Sanatan Sanstha at Nalasopara in Palghar district near Mumbai and seized eight crude bombs and explosives from his house. Nonetheless, in a recent revelation where BJP leader was caught red-handed with arms and ammunition, many fingers are being pointed out at Kulkarni for his connections with the outfit linked to two high profile murder cases, including that of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, and also terror activities in Goa and Maharashtra.
Congress MLA Arif Naseem Khan commented, “Until now, wherever raid has been conducted, the accused are linked to either BJP or Sangh Parivar. Their agenda is to create violence and riots in the nation; in this case, the accused arrested is also somewhere linked to BJP and the party is linked to Sangh Parivar and has brought the weapons for the same purpose. The right-wing organsiations are harmful to this country. There has been no conclusion on any such previous matters like the most recent one, where a Sanastha member from Nalasopara was arrested but currently there is no update on it and the cases are being manipulated. The ruling party is supporting all the criminal-minded people.”
Recently in the assembly, BJP faced a major flow and is already biting the dust in all its bastions, while the Congress and other oppositions are making all efforts to dethrone the saffron party. However, the Congress has managed to recover its sheen and their leaders are not giving any opportunity to take a dig at them, be it corruption or other cases. The opposition is looking out for a chance to return to power; in such a scenario, BJP and its leaders need to be more careful in their conduct.
Justice (retired) B.G. Kolse-Patil expressed, “In our country, BJP and Sangh Parivar are the masterminds behind all the riots that have taken place after 1993. Dhananjay Kulkarni is caught, however, the mastermind behind this is yet to be caught. Since the elections are near, BJP is planning to create communal riots. In the past, BJP created violence in Bhima-Koregaon and no action was taken against the main accused Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote and they were released soon. Similarly, in this case, also, Dhananjay will also be released soon without any investigation. BJP and Sangh Parivar always want to create riots and never want this country to be in peace.”
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