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Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati not real heir, is adopted: MP Mandlik

Apr 12, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Kolhapur’s Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Mandlik on Thursday claimed his Congress opponent Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati was not the “real heir” to the royal seat and he was adopted

PUNE Kolhapur’s Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Mandlik on Thursday claimed his Congress opponent Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati was not the “real heir” to the royal seat and he was adopted.

Kolhapur’s Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Mandlik on Thursday claimed his Congress opponent Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati was not the “real heir” to the royal seat and he was adopted. (HT)
Kolhapur’s Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Mandlik on Thursday claimed his Congress opponent Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati was not the “real heir” to the royal seat and he was adopted. (HT)

Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati is a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and is the head of Kolhapur royal family.

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Mandlik made the controversial comments during a public rally on Thursday at Nesari in Chandgarh taluka.

Mandlik said, “The current Maharaj of Kolhapur is not the true heir, he is adopted. You and I (citizens), who possess the ideology of Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar, are the real heirs”.

In another programme, Mandlik reiterated his statement and said “it is not a figment of my imagination”.

“It is written in this book and has appeared in news articles,” said Mandlik, while showing a book and a newspaper article.

Mandlik, however, added he was not trying to insult the Congress candidate for whom he has high regards.

“If he proves he is the direct descendant, and if I am wrong somewhere, I will apologise,” said Mandlik.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Satej Patil said Mandlik’s statements show the latter is on slippery ground in the poll battle.

“He has insulted the royal family seat and we condemn it. The people of Kolhapur will not tolerate such insults,” Patil said.

Speaking on the issue, Nationalist Congress Party (SP) chief Sharad Pawar said he did not know what was the exact statement of Mandlik but added that adoption is not a new thing in royal families.

“There are several examples of adoptions in the royal family. Once adopted, the person becomes a member and a representative of that royal family,” Pawar said.

(With Agency inputs)

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