Without naming Narayan Rane, Sanjay Raut said in a tweet that a central BJP minister had said that if attempts were made to save the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi, then Sharad Pawar would not be allowed to return home.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar interacts with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. ANI
Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut hit back at Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane on Friday for his remarks against NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar. Calling Rane’s statement “unacceptable”, Raut said whether the MVA alliance government in the state survives or not, “no one should use such language”.
Without naming Rane, Raut in a tweet in Marathi said: “A central BJP minister has said that if attempts are made to save the MVA government then Sharad Pawar will not be allowed to return home. Whether the MVA government survives or not, the use of such language for Sharad Pawar is not acceptable.”
Speaking to the media on Friday, Raut said: “Threats are being made against Sharad Pawar by a central minister. Do these threats have the support of (PM) Modi and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah?… We are taking steps to disqualify (rebel) deputies”.
On Thursday, Sharad Pawar said the rebels camping in Guwahati, Assam, along with Eknath Shinde will eventually have to surrender to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He also expressed his confidence that the state’s Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress (MVA) government will achieve a victory in the confidence vote “regardless of the strength of the rebellion”.
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Reacting to the NCP leader’s remarks, Rane posted a series of tweets last night alleging that Pawar was threatening rebel Shiv Sena MPs and that if anything happened to them in the State Assembly there would be consequences. .
“Sharad Pawar is threatening (rebel) MPs to come to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Surely they will come and vote as per their will. If any harm befalls them, it will be difficult for them to return home,” Rane tweeted in Marathia .
“The MVA was formed to serve self-interest. No one should brag about their work,” said Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who quit and joined Congress in 2005 and later switched to the BJP.
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Without naming Pawar, Rane said, “Some people have a long history of rebelling from time to time. It is unseemly (for such people) to make unwarranted threats at an inappropriate age.”
For the uninitiated, Pawar formed the Nationalist Congress Party in 1999 after leaving Congress. He had also left Congress earlier but returned.
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Rane also said that Shinde was his “former colleague and a friend”. From the number of MPs Shinde has with him, the ‘roadshow organized by the chief minister’ (Uddhav Thackeray) on Wednesday night was nothing but ‘cowardice and selfishness’, the minister added of the Union.
Meanwhile, Shinde claimed on Friday that he has the support of around 50 lawmakers, most of whom are camping with him at a hotel in Guwahati. Of these, 40 are Shiv Sena MPs, he claimed.
With contributions from agencies
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