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‘Union minister threatens Sharad Pawar’, Shiv Sena alleges, tells PM Narendra Modi


Sanjay Raut is among the few Shiv Sena leaders still with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Mumbai:

The Shiv Sena today alleged that Maharashtra alliance leader Sharad Pawar was threatened by a Union minister. Do Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah tolerate such threats from their minister, asked Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut.

“He is the son of Maharashtra. They are threatening him. Modi ji, Amit Shah, did you hear? Your minister is threatening Sharad Pawar – do you support such threats? Maharashtra wants to know,” said Raut, who is among the few Shiv Sena leaders still with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after a revolt that saw a majority of party MPs back rebel Eknath Shinde.

Mr. Raut had previously tweeted the allegation.

“A Union minister has threatened that if Sharad Pawar tries to rescue Maha Vikas Aghadi, he will not be allowed to return home, he will be arrested on the road. If this is what the BJP is doing, then you declare it. Whether the government stay or go, such language for Sharad Pawar is unacceptable,” the Shiv Sena MP tweeted.

In a revolt that could bring down Maharashtra’s coalition government, Uddhav Thackeray has been outnumbered in the party founded by his father Bal Thackeray, with rebel Eknath Shinde claiming the support of 50 MPs, 40 from the Shiv Sena.

Mr Shinde and the rebels launched the revolt from Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat on Tuesday, and were then flown by special flights to Assam, another BJP state.

Uddhav Thackeray has called for the disqualification of 12 MPs, including Mr Shinde, who told NDTV this morning the move was “illegal” because the chief minister’s faction is in the minority.

Mr Shinde, 58, has enough MPs to split the party and claim he is the real Shiv Sena. But the rebel leader says he only wants the Sena to end its “unholy alliance” with Sharad Pawar’s party and Congress and rule Maharashtra with the old BJP ally.

Sharad Pawar said yesterday that the government’s future would only be decided by a test floor in the assembly.



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