Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut seems to be courting trouble — again.
After the clash with industries minister Narayan Rane’s camp during the polls in coastal Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency, another police complaint was filed against him on Saturday.
This time it is the Sikh community that is up in arms against Raut for allegedly calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ‘namard’ (impotent).
Raut had addressed a gathering in Bhimnagar at Vartaknagar in Thane on Friday night, where he made the offensive remark against the PM. Sena executive president Uddhav Thackrey had also faced flak for making derogatory remarks against the PM earlier.
“The Prime Minister is from the Sikh community and the community has done a lot for this country. If someone uses obscene language against the prime minister, he should be duly punished,” said Winner Bindra, general secretary of National Students’ Union of India, Maharashtra.
Raut said in defence: “Yes, I have use the word ‘impotent’ but not for Manmohan Singh as a person but for government he leads, which is in the context of the failure to handle the issues like terrorism, Mohammad Afzal known as Afzal Guru convicted in conspiracy case on Indian Parliament attack.”
“The Sikh community should understand that we are not against the community. We do respect Guru Gobind Singh, who fought with the Mughals and Manmohan is not a Guru Gobind Singh,” he added.
Around 50 members of the Sikh community, along with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party workers, protested outside the Vartaknagar police station, when they refused to take the matter seriously.
“The police didn’t take us seriously but eventually they agreed to file the complaint. He [Raut] used indecent language and called the Prime minister impotent,” said NCP MLC Jitendra Awhad.
The police have registered a non-cognizable offence under section 500 (defamation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have registered a non-cognizable offence and have obtained the required permission from the court to carry out investigations. We have also informed the returning officer and will be checking the CD of the alleged provocative speech,” said Senior Inspector Vijay Jagtap of the Vartaknagar police station.
NSUI general secretary Bindra threatened if Raut is not brought to book then Sikhs will come out on the streets to voice their protest.