NCP chief Sharad Pawar, while speaking to the media said the Maha Vikas Aghadi is stable and there are no differences. When Afternoon Voice spoke to him regarding the rumors of turmoil in the coalition government, he said, “The Uddhav Thackeray government is performing well.”
While Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “There is a well-known strategy in Maharashtra by the opposition to create unrest – each time the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is seen gaining stability in the state, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party introduces fresh pranks to disrupt it. Everyone has the right to dream, and they shall but how can a mistake or conduct of API create a fissure in the government?”
Let it be a bizarre case of a terror scare outside ‘Antilia’, the south Mumbai residence of Mukesh Ambani or the Elgar Parishad investigation in 2019, then with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in 2020, Central investigating agencies are used to take over politically combative cases.
BJP leader and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis has heatedly attacked the state government over the links between Sachin Vaze and Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the SUV, who was found dead in Thane. He was very active in alleging state police negligence in Rajput’s suicide case investigation. Another BJP leader, Kirit Somaiya makes creepy attacks almost every day. But that will not affect the equations within the ruling alliance.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered impeaching evidence from the office of Vaze. The agency has questioned seven police officials in connection with the case so far.
“The Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackeray is working perfectly”, Pawar said.
“There is a need for a third front in the country but it has not been given a shape yet. We have been talking to different political parties,” Pawar added.
Meanwhile, Sitaram Yechury told Afternoon Voice, “The country is in political turmoil and the ruling party has gone arrogant due to lack of aggressive opposition. There has to be a third front that can change the present equations. We are working on this hope to see some change during the 2024 elections.”
A massive controversy has erupted in Maharashtra, over the arrest and suspension of Vaze, a former police officer and Shiv Sena leader, but transferring Mumbai Police Commissioner and getting another able police officer in a new role may give some respite and restoration to the image of the state police department and the government.