“I appreciate his empathy in feeling the pain of a political colleague imprisoned for 110 days.” Such gestures are becoming increasingly rare in times of political hatred,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut said on Monday that he received a phone call from Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who inquired about his health, and that such gestures are becoming increasingly rare in times of “political bitterness.”
Mr Raut stated that Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, a mass contact initiative that began on September 7, is receiving a massive response due to his “focus on love and compassion.”
Mr Gandhi’s praise from the Rajya Sabha member comes at a time when the latter has been chastised for his remarks about freedom fighter V D Savarkar.
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 21, 2022
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated last week that his party holds high regard for Savarkar and does not agree with Rahul Gandhi’s remarks about the late Hindutva ideologue.
Mr Gandhi recently referred to Savarkar as a symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) (RSS).
He also claimed that Savarkar assisted the British rulers out of fear and wrote a mercy petition to them.
In a tweet on Monday, Mr Raut, recently granted bail in a money laundering case, said, “Despite big differences of opinion on some issues, inquiring about your political colleague is a sign of humanity!” During his busy schedule with the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhiji called yesterday to inquire about my health. ‘We were concerned about you,’ he said (sic).
“I appreciate his empathy in feeling the pain of a political colleague imprisoned for 110 days.” Such gestures are becoming increasingly rare in times of political polarization. “Because Rahulji is focusing on love and compassion in his yatra, it is receiving a massive response,” he added.
Mr Raut was released earlier this month from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail after a court granted him bail in a money laundering case.