Harshwardhan Jadhav EX-SHIV SENA MLA House attacked by Unidentified persons in Aurangabad district by unidentified persons after he allegedly made some demeaning remarks against Uddhav Thackeray at an election rally, police said.
A car and some window panes were damaged in the attack,His wife and two sons were in the house at the time of the incident.
Jadhav later said the remarks were made by him “in the flow” of his speech, and that attacking his house during his absence was a reaction to Shiv Sena’s defeat from Aurangabad in the Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year.
Jadhav, who is contesting the state polls as an Independent from Kannad in Aurangabad, at a rally here on Wednesday allegedly made some objectionable comments against Thackeray over the induction former Congress minister Abdul Sattar into the Sena, the police official said.
After a purported video of Jadhav’s comments went viral on social media, some angry Shiv Sena workers went to CIDCO police station on Wednesday evening and demanded registration of a case against him.
“We are analyzing the area’s CCTV footage in which three bike-borne persons are seen throwing stones at Jadhav’s residence. Our investigation is underway,” police inspector Uttam Mulak said.
Those who attacked the house were shouting slogans like ‘Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji’,” the complainant, Sanjana Jadhav, told reporters.
Security was stepped up at Jadhav’s residence and police personnel were also been deployed at his another house in the district, the police official said.
Jadhav last year resigned from the Sena after being miffed with the party leadership over the issue of reservations for the Marathas, Dhangars and Muslims. He later floated his own outfit – Shiv Swarajya Bahujan Paksh.
He contested the Lok Sabha polls this year as an Independent and stood third by polling over 2.8 lakh votes.
“Shiv Sena leaders have spoken against me and made false statements. My statement, which has hurt the Sena leaders, was a reaction to it and it came out in the flow of the speech,” he told PTI.
“My residence was vandalised when I was not there. This should be seen as a reaction of Sena after the defeat of Khaire in the Lok Sabha polls. Khaire has also made comments against me, saying I killed my father. He is criticizing me, saying that a Muslim leader won because of me,” Jadhav said.
He also asked the police to take strict action against those who attacked his house.
Shiv Sena’s district president and MLC Ambadas Danve said the party workers were angry with Jadhav over his “disgraceful” remarks against Thackeray.”We will teach him a lesson, but after the elections,” he said.
“We are unaware of who attacked his residence. We will not take any action against him right now as he might get sympathy of voters. Hence, we will wait for the polls to conclude,” Danve said.