You Merge With BJP; Party Is Ours

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut spoke to NDTV in regards to the political disaster in Maharashtra.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s loyalist and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday challenged the social gathering’s insurgent camp led by Eknath Shinde to a ground take a look at within the meeting, whereas additionally telling them that their likelihood to return to the Sena is just not misplaced. On their demand that Shiv Sena ought to break up with the NCP and Congress to kind a authorities with the BJP, the Rajya Sabha member stated, “You (the rebels) ought to merge with the BJP. Shiv Sena stays our social gathering.”

The Shiv Sena-led regime is on the verge of a collapse as the insurgent camp is gathering the numbers required to separate the social gathering with out dealing with motion underneath the anti-defection regulation.

Chatting with NDTV, Mr Raut responded combatively to the query if Uddhav Thackeray will stay the chief minister: “Let all of the MLAs come to the ground of the Home. We’ll see then. These MLAs who’ve left… they’ll discover it troublesome to return and transfer round in Maharashtra.”

On whether or not talks had been nonetheless on with the rebels, Mr Raut stated, “They’re all our mates… We do not know what their compulsions are. The social gathering and the state are with Uddhav Thackeray. Simply because some MLAs have left doesn’t imply the social gathering is gone.”

“Within the occasions of Balasaheb Thackeray, too, lots of people left the social gathering,” he stated, referring to Uddhav Thackeray’s father, social gathering founder Bal Thackeray. “We rebuilt the social gathering and introduced it to energy then too. And now that is an open problem from Uddhav ji and me, that we’ll rebuild the social gathering once more; and we are going to once more come to energy.”

He additionally responded to the Shinde camp’s allegations that the chief minister’s home ‘Varsha’ remained out of bounds for social gathering legislators: “These are simply excuses. For a 12 months there have been Covid restrictions; after which Chief Minister Thackeray was unwell for six months.”

Mr Raut stated Eknath Shinde was a part of each determination within the social gathering and the federal government. “Within the social gathering and the state cupboard, he was given essential posts in order that he would maintain the leaders and staff collectively. Uddhav-ji or he alone couldn’t do the whole lot; it was a collective duty. As an alternative of doing his obligation, he created a division within the social gathering.”

He stated he would reiterate Mr Thackeray’s stance that “whoever desires to go away, can go away, however go and win the election once more”. “This land belongs to Shiv Sena and Balasaheb… We’ll rise once more just like the phoenix and soar. Now we have seen a number of struggles within the final 56 years. What is the worst that may occur?”

“Perhaps we are going to lose the federal government, lose energy, lose ministerial posts — what else can occur in politics? You’ll misuse the ED (Enforcement Directorate) and CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) in opposition to us, put us in jail… what extra? Will you shoot us? Now we have seen the whole lot and we concern nothing,” Mr Raut stated.

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