Mumbai: Against the backdrop of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s letter with a call to patch up with estranged ally BJP to avoid harassment from central agencies and raids on the homes of former home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday held a marathon meeting with the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and discussed the present political situation and BJP’s repeated attempt to destabilize the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. The duo has reportedly discussed the strategy to counter actions by the central agencies and also BJP’s attempt to corner the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
‘’Some (without naming BJP) are still in frustration as they are unable to digest that they lost power in Maharashtra. The ED raids or their probes against the opposition are aimed to harass leaders from the Maha Vikas Aghadi. The state agencies can work efficiently. However, ministers and legislators from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are being harassed. But we will also see,’’ warned Raut.
Raut’s meeting took place days after he met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his Delhi residence. Pawar on Friday lashed out at BJP for deploying central investigating agencies against opposition leaders saying it has been a new trend in Indian politics.
Raut said that Sarnaik, who is being probed in connection with a money laundering case by ED, has noted that he has expressed his feelings in his letter addressed to the chief minister. ‘’Sarnaik has made it clear that he will stay with Shiv Sena for the rest of his life. I spoke to him and briefed the chief minister about that. You will soon hear news about Sarnaik,” he added.
Raut said he also discussed party organisation work with the CM. ‘’All is well in Shiv Sena and also in the Maha Vikas Aghadi partners. The CM is capable of accelerating the pace of development in Maharashtra. The government headed by the chief minister will complete its tenure despite talks of its fall (by BJP),’’ he noted.
On an alternative to BJP at the national level, Raut said it cannot be possible without the active involvement of the Congress party. ‘’An alternative front cannot take shape without the Congress party and this has been clarified by Pawar after he hosted the meeting of the Rashtra Manch early this week. If all opposition parties including Shiv Sena can come together then a better alternative can become a reality at the national level,’’ he said.