Mumbai, April 19: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday slammed the government over recent communal clashes across the country, claiming that such incidents will trigger an economic crisis in countries worse than Ukraine and Sri Lanka.
While speaking about the Jahangirpuri incident, he further said that violence is being instigated in the capital, to win the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Delhi.
"Riots result in a loss in trade and employment. The employment of the working people is drowned and now the country seems to be jumping into that crisis...Indian economy will do down to the level of Sri Lanka and Ukraine," the Shiv Sena leader alleged.
He further added that efforts to create a riot-like situation in major metropolitan areas of the country are underway.
"These communal clashes will have a direct impact on the country's economy. After Covid-19, the economy has started recovering, but some people are trying to spread unrest," he said. Raut also said that "The way the atmosphere of riots has been created in two major cities of the country is very unfortunate."
"Municipal corporation elections are about to come in Delhi and all this is being done to win that election. The same has been done in Mumbai and the issue of loudspeakers has been raised here," he said.
Earlier on Sunday, Sanjay Raut had questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over several outbreaks of communal violence incidents during Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti across the country and said that the PM must talk about "communal harmony" and "unity" to calm people.
A total of 23 people have been arrested and two juveniles have been apprehended so far in connection with the violence in which nine people, including eight police personnel and a civilian, were injured.
Clashes broke out between two groups after stone-pelting incidents were reported from the Jahangirpuri area in the national capital on Saturday evening during a procession.