Preparations in Delhi underway for mid-term elections in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut

On Sunday, Raut resumed his weekly column Rokhthok in 'Saamana', the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction's mouthpiece of which he is the executive editor.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Sunday, November 13, 2022, 07:32 PM IST
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Preparations in Delhi underway for mid-term elections in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut | PTI

Days after Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray chief Mr Uddhav Thackeray predicted mid-term Assembly elections in Maharashtra, the party MP Mr Sanjay Raut supported his party president’s statement saying that Maharashtra’s present political situation is so unstable that the preparations for the midterm polls have begun in Delhi.

‘’What Uddhav Thackeray is saying is true. Maharashtra politics has become so unstable that the preparations for mid-term elections have started in Delhi. Preparations are also underway to engineer further split. There is always one Shinde in every group defector (referring to Eknath Shinde who led a rebellion with 39 Shiv Sena MLAs and 10 independents),’’ he noted.

However, state BJP chief Mr Chandrashekhar Bawankule has ruled out the possibility of a midterm election. He claimed that such statements were made by the Shiv Sena UBT to keep its flock together. He went on to add that the tally of the BJP-Shinde camp will increase to 184 from 164 in the state. ‘’They (Shiv Sena UBT) in opposition, they should do their job,’’ he noted. 

The leader of the opposition in the state assembly Mr Ajit Pawar said everybody has a right to speak in the democracy. He, however, declined to offer his views on mid-term elections in the state. 

Meanwhile, Mr Raut, today met Mr Amol Kirtikar, a son of Mr Gajanan Kirtikar who two days ago joined the Eknath Shinde-led Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena. He said that Mr Amol Kirtikar, who has been a close associate of party leader Mr Aaditya Thackeray, has not left the party.

The Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra collapsed in June this year following a rebellion led by Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who later became the chief minister with the BJP's support.

''There is a feeling of hatred and politicians have now reached a stage where they don't want their opponents even to be alive. Maharashtra's political atmosphere has become polluted where people are out to destroy to each other," Raut claimed.

"When I was asked about (Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader) Devendra Fadnavis's comment that bitterness in politics has to end, I replied that he is speaking the truth and media started saying I have toned down,'' the Sena leader said.

Maharashtra's political atmosphere is polluted Shiv Sena UBT MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed Maharashtra's political atmosphere has become polluted where many people are out to "destroy" each other.

Mr Raut, who after his release from the jail resumed Sunday column Rokhthok in party’s mouthpiece Saamna, said, ‘’There is a feeling of hatred and politicians have now reached a stage where they don't want their opponents even to be alive. Maharashtra's political atmosphere has become polluted where people are out to destroy to each other.’’ "When I was asked about (Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader) Devendra Fadnavis's comment that bitterness in politics has to end, I replied that he is speaking the truth and the media started saying I have toned down,'' he said. "Democracy and freedom do not exist now, these are merely names now. Politics has become poisonous. It was not so during British rule," Mr Raut claimed. Today's rulers in Delhi want to hear what they wish. Those who don't do that are considered enemies, he added. "China, Pakistan are not Delhi's enemies, but those who speak the truth and are straight are treated as enemies and such political leaders lower the country's stature,'' he said.

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