Days after Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) collapsed following the uprising of Shiv Sena leaders, party MP Sanjay Raut claimed on Saturday that he was “offered” to go to Guwahati and join Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs to connect.
However, Mr Raut said he turned down the offer because he follows Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
The rebel MLAs waged their uprising against the MVA government of Assam’s Guwahati. After this, Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the post of the chief minister and then Eknath Shinde took over as the chief minister of Maharashtra.
The new government has been asked to prove its majority in the State Assembly on Monday.
The leader of Shiv Sena told the media: “I also got an offer for Guwahati, but I follow Balasaheb Thackeray and so I didn’t go there. If the truth is on your side, why should you be afraid?”
Mr Raut further said it is “difficult” to associate former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as Deputy Chief Minister.
“Fadnavis won’t get a CM seat from Central. He didn’t like the word of the Deputy CM coming out of my mouth, but it was their internal business that I won’t speak about this,” he said.
“BJP wants to destroy Shiv Sena from Mumbai and Maharashtra. But it has not happened,” he added.
Speaking of the subpoena issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case, the leader of Shiv Sena said: “As a responsible citizen and Member of Parliament, it is my duty to appear when an investigative agency (ED) summons me. The problem lies with timing – too “In the midst of the political crisis in Maharashtra, but they had doubts. Their officials behaved well with me; they told them I can come again if needed.”
Mr Raut was interrogated at approximately 10 am on Friday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering investigation.
He is under investigation in connection with the redevelopment of Patra Chawl in Mumbai.
Sanjay Raut arrived at the ED office in south Mumbai around 11:30 am on Friday and left around 9:30 pm. The leader of Shiv Sena, when leaving the ED office, said he would cooperate with the central agency.
He appeared before the central agency on Friday after it issued the second subpoena in the case to appear before July 1 after the leader failed to appear in his first subpoena Monday due to the then political crisis in Maharashtra.
The Rajya Sabha MP is expected to appear for questioning on Tuesday. However, his lawyer had requested 13-14 days to present the documents to the investigative agency, but the request was denied by the agency.
In April this year, the ED had seized real estate worth Rs 11.15 crore, including a flat in Dadar owned by Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha and eight plots of land in Kihim near Alibag, jointly owned by the latter with Swapna Patkar , associated with the redevelopment scam.
Swapna is the wife of Sujit Patkar, a close associate of the Sena leader.
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