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Devendra Fadnavis on RS elections



“Those who insult Hanuman Chalisa have lost the polls,” the former chief minister quipped amid party leaders and media persons

Devendra Fadnavis. File pic

After winning three Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took a jibe at the ruling Shiv Sena, saying those who ‘insult’ the Hanuman Chalisa have suffered a defeat. Fadnavis gave a new copy of the Hanuman Chalisa, a popular hymn praising the Hindu deity Hanuman, to independent MLA Ravi Rana as the results came in in the early hours of morning.

“Those who insult Hanuman Chalisa have lost the polls,” the former chief minister quipped amid party leaders and media persons. Ravi Rana and his wife and Lok Sabha member Navneet Rana, both Independents, had announced in April that they would recite the Hanuman Chalisa outside the residence of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.

Though they later called off their plan, Mumbai police arrested the couple for sedition among other charges. They later got bail. Ravi Rana also invited objections for carrying a copy of Hanuman Chalisa while voting in Friday’s Rajya Sabha election. The Congress alleged that he tried to ‘influence the voters’ by displaying the Hanuman Chalisa copy, hence his vote should be rejected, but the Election Commission dismissed the objection.

In a major setback to the ruling alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, the BJP won three of the six Rajya Sabha seats by managing to get the votes of some of the Independent MLAs and smaller parties and getting the arithmetic of first and second preference votes right.

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