Activists' arrests in Bhima Koregaon case not 'political with-hunt', will crush those acting against Constitution: Devendra Fadnavis

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said he is acting against the people who are against the Constitution, irrespective of their political or ideological leanings.

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

"I am going to crush them... That is my 'Rajdharma'. That is what I am doing. I don't recognise extreme right or extreme left," he said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi.

"I am bound to act against an individual or an institution acting against the Constitution. They may belong to any class, may belong to any caste, any religion, any institution, they may have any leaning, but I am going to crush them."

Fadnavis said the arrest of five rights activists in the Bhima Koregaon case was not a political witch-hunt. Had it been a political witch-hunt, the Supreme Court would not have rejected the petition filed by "so many pseudo-liberals", he said, adding that the Bhima Koregaon incident was a larger conspiracy to pitch two communities against each other to "create civil war-like situation".

"These designs are out now. After our crackdown, we have ample of evidences. They have been plotting similar things at several places and they are in direct contact with the Maoists, who are actually fighting against the system in Gadchiroli or Jharkhand or Chhattisgarh. So it is a larger conspiracy," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.

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Updated Date: Oct 08, 2018 14:20:56 IST

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