Got an offer to join rebel MLAs in Guwahati but denied it: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that he too was offered to join the rebel group of MLAs in Guwahati, however, he denied the offer.

Sanjay Raut has been strongly defending the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena since the Shinde camp’s rebellion (File photo)

Amid the turnover of Maharashtra political scenario, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that he too was offered to join the rebel group of MLAs in Guwahati. However, he refused, as he followed Balasaheb Thackeray.

“I went with confidence to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) because I know that I haven’t done anything wrong. And hence I went inside for 10 hours and returned. I could have also gone to Guwahati but I am a sainik of Balasaheb. When the truth is on your side, why fear?” Sanjay Raut said.

He further said that Eknath Shinde is not a Shiv Sena CM. Uddhav Thackeray has made it clear now. This is the BJP’s strategy to weaken Shiv Sena as they want to reduce its power in Mumbai. And that is why he has been made the chief minister.

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“On Friday, there was a meeting of the Sena MPs and it was seen what the feelings of these people were. 15 out of 18 MPs attended the meeting. The real Shiv sainik will not give in to any temptation. The real Shiv Sena is with Uddhav Thackeray,” he noted.

The Shiv Sena spokesperson said that the BJP was working as per a strategy to disintegrate the Shiv Sena and that the rebel camp calling themselves the real Shiv Sena was part of that strategy.

RAUT APPEARS BEFORE ED

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record his statement in an alleged money laundering case, and left after more than ten hours. He answered all questions, and would appear before the central agency again if summoned, he told reporters.

The ED had summoned the Rajya Sabha member for questioning in the money laundering probe linked to the re-development of a Mumbai ‘chawl’ (tenement) and related financial transactions involving his wife and friends.

EKNATH SHINDE BECOMES CM

Putting an end to over a week-long political turmoil in Maharashtra, on Thursday, Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th chief minister of Maharashtra, while BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the deputy chief minister.

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