Mumbai, IAS. Politics intensified in Maharashtra over the grave of Aurangzeb. Security was tightened in and around Khuldabad, following a call by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday to ‘uproot’ the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Activist Gajanan Kale on Tuesday questioned the need to preserve Aurangzeb’s grave, after BJP MLC Prasad Lad threatened to remove the small monument, which is one of the major tourist attractions in and around Aurangabad. In view of the potential threats to the grave, the Maharashtra Police and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have deployed additional guards and a van at the site, although it is still open to the public.

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Demanding immediate removal of the additional security, Lad asked if this was the chief minister’s ‘Hindutva brand’. He further said that chanting Hanuman Chalisa in Maharashtra is considered as sedition.

Lad further said that it is the same Aurangzeb who killed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj (son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj), demolished Hindu temples to build a mosque. Now CM is providing security at Aurangzeb’s grave. “Is this the Sonia Gandhi-Sharad Pawar style of Hindutva or the Hindutva of late Balasaheb Thackeray,” Lad said. Lad called on the state government to immediately lift the new security measures and vowed to uproot the tomb of the Mughal emperor. Let me tell you a few days ago

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Let us inform that AIMIM leader and Telangana MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi had visited Aurangzeb’s grave a few days ago. Expressing concern over the incident, Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant said that since the ASI belongs to the Centre, why is the BJP-MNS not asking the Narendra Modi government to ban or ban it. He also presented pictures and videos of several BJP leaders who have prayed at the grave in the past, but now the party is silent on them. Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar has asked whether the BJP-MNS are trying to create a new controversy over Aurangzeb’s tomb in Maharashtra.

Edited By: Piyush Kumar