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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday attacked the BJP fiercely. He said that the BJP does not want only the division of Shiv Sena, but the destruction of this regional party so that it can fulfill its dream of dividing Maharashtra into three parts. At the same time, he termed the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government as ‘illegal’.
Significantly, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government fell at the end of last month due to revolt by Shiv Sena MLAs. The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs first reached Surat from Mumbai on June 21, then went to Guwahati and stayed in Goa before returning to Mumbai. Raut, chief spokesperson of the North Maharashtra Shiv Sena, said the rebel MLAs have been giving different reasons for the rebellion against the party leadership.
BJP wants to divide Maharashtra into three parts: Raut
Raut said, “The BJP does not want only to create a split in Shiv Sena, but it wants to destroy the party. As long as Shiv Sena exists, they cannot fulfill their dream of three parts of Maharashtra. They cannot free Mumbai from Maharashtra while Shiv Sena is there.”
Raut criticized the rebel MLAs, saying they had been giving different reasons for revolting against the party leadership, ranging from accusing the Shiv Sena of abandoning the Hindutva issue to the rarity of access to the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the NCP (who was the chief minister). The reasons for not allocating funds to their constituencies by the MVA, which used to handle the finance department under the government.
Sanjay Raut calls the new government ‘illegal’
The Shiv Sena MP termed the new government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who took oath on June 30, as “illegal”. Raut questioned how the Governor could order a trust vote when the disqualification petitions of 16 Shiv Sena MLAs were pending in the Supreme Court.