Sanjay Raut defended his “living corpses” against the rebel MLAs and said he do not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
“Their bodies are alive, but their soul is dead, it is a way of speaking in Maharashtra. What wrong did I say? Those who stay in a party for 40 years and then run away, their souls are dead, they do not have anything left in them”, these are the lines said by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s sentiment, I just said the truth.”, Sanjay Raut said to media agencies.
He also added, “I tweeted a video of the speech of Gulabrao Patil where he is talking about those who change their fathers. What he said is correct for all those sitting in Guwahati. My tweet is for people sitting in Guwahati. Patil said in his speech. People eat, drink and enjoy with the party and then change their father, we aren’t like them”.
Eknath Shinde is one of the closest to him and requested to return Maharashtra said by Shiv Sena leader.
“Uday Samant is close. Eknath Shinde was one of our closest, we talk with each other in our home. We had shared happiness and sorrow. This is now a street fight as well as a legal fight. Why are you sitting in Assam? Floods are there, and hundreds of people have died there. Why are you sitting there, you should come back. They go to Surat then Guwahati where the Central agencies gave them protection. Maharashtra police is capable of security please come here. How can you join hands with Mehbooba Mufti, how can you join hands with those who planted RDX? ED and CBI won’t give you vote people gave you vote,” he further said.
He further said that if a floor test is conducted they will win and he has faith in the MVA government and Sharad Pawar.
Notably, former minister and Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is now in the Eknath Shinde camp, had said that the MLAs of the Shinde camp were ready to face the floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly at any time, but first recognition should be given to Eknath Shinde faction.
Eknath Shinde has called a meeting later today to discuss the future course of action.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is slated to hear today the plea of the Shiv Sena rebels against the disqualification proceedings and the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Legislative Party leader.
The plea also challenges the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary as the Shiv Sena’s legislative leader in the House in place of Shinde.
The petitioner, Shinde has sought to issue direction to Deputy Speaker to not take any action in the disqualification petition under Rule 6 of MLA Defection Rules seeking disqualification of the rebel MLAs and also not to take any action on the same until the resolution for removal of the Deputy Speaker is decided.
The Deputy Speaker, who is in charge of the House in the absence of the Speaker and has issued the notice dated June 25, 2022, in the disqualification petition against the petitioner.
However, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray claimed that on May 20, CM Uddhav Thackeray had asked Eknath Shinde to become CM if he wanted to, but at that time he did drama and now just a month later, he rebelled. Interestingly, the Shinde faction named their group ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’.