New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi paid a heartfelt tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his 392nd birth anniversary, describing him as a "great hero" and the pride of India. He was speaking after inaugurating two additional railway lines (fifth and sixth) on the Thane-Diva section of the Central Railway and flagging off new suburban trains. "Tomorrow (February 19) is the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. I salute the pride of India, the identity of India and the protector of its culture who was a great hero." The birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated as Shiv Jayanti on February 19.
Maharashtra Congress has demanded that PM Narendra Modi apologise on Shiv Jayanti for "insulting" the state with his remarks on the 2020 migrant crisis in the wake of the corona infection pandemic. Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole had said that Congress will send a letter to BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis regarding the demand.
Patole had said that PM Narendra Modi has insulted Maharashtra in Parliament by accusing the people of the state of spreading corona infection. To demand that PM Modi apologises to the state for the insult, the Congress will start a new phase of its agitation.