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Hindus must vote for party that keeps them safe: BJP MLA Nitesh Rane in Palghar

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Palghar, May 11 (PTI) Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nitesh Rane on Saturday said Hindus in Palghar must vote for the party that will ensure their safety and asserted opting for the opposition INDI and MVA alliances was a "vote for love jihad and land jihad".

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Addressing a press conference, the Kankavli MLA attacked the Congress and claimed it was speaking the language of Pakistan in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

"Hindus are ready to take revenge for the brutal way sadhus were killed here," he said in a reference to the April 16, 2020 incident in Gadchinchle village where two sadhus and their driver was lynched by a mob amid the coronavirus lockdown while they were travelling in a car from Mumbai to Surat.

"Hindus in Palghar must vote for the party that will ensure their safety. If they vote for anyone else, then there is sure to be danger ahead," said Rane, who is the BJP's joint observer for Palghar (ST) Lok Sabha seat.

Attacking Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and the Congress, he said, "Voting for the opposition INDI alliance and Maha Vikas Aghadi is a vote for love jihad and land jihad. The Congress speaks the language of Pakistan. It even questioned the existence of Lord Ram." Asked about issues pertaining to Palghar, Rane said he would need time to answer with technical details, but asserted that voting for the candidates from the same party ruling in the state and at the Centre would speed up development.

The BJP has fielded Hemant Savara, son of former state minister late Vishnu Savara, from Palghar. He will take on Shiv Sena (UBT) candidate Bharti Kamdi and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi's Rajesh Patil. Polls will be held on May 20. PTI COR BNM

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