Nitin Gadkari is waiting for hung Lok Sabha in 2019: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Officials termed this a “looting of our cultural heritage”.

BJP ally Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed Sunday the country was heading for a “fractured mandate”, and Union minister Nitin Gadkari would be “waiting” for such an eventuality.

Raut, the executive editor of the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also wrote in his Sunday column in the newspaper that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stature has “declined” while that of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has risen.

“The country is heading for a fractured mandate and prime minister Narendra Modi is responsible for it,” he said, adding that the full mandate Modi won in 2014 was “an opportunity wasted”.