Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut, turned many lenses to him when he attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government on Wednesday, March 23. While referring to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s style of dealing with opposition governments of states, he advised the present BJP led Central Government to follow the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru while dealing with opposition governments of states. Raut made bitter remarks for the Central Government at the backdrop of raids conducted by central probe agencies on Opposition party’s leaders.
“We should learn from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the way an opposition government should be respected by the Centre. Respecting people who do not agree with our ideology is the real democracy,” said Raut in a media event on Wednesday, quoted ANI report. The staunch Shiv Sena leader compared the raids by central probe agencies to the missiles and bombs thrown at the leaders belonging to opposition parties. “Whether it is ED, CBI or Income Tax, whatever bombs and missiles are being thrown at us, we are safe at present. There is a missile fired every day,” alleged Raut while interacting with media in the event on Wednesday, quoted ANI report.
The sharp remarks by the ruling party leader of Maharashtra have come just a day after Enforcement Directorate (ED) acted against Shridhar Madhav Patankar owned and controlled Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Pvt. Ltd. It, on Tuesday, March 22, provisionally attached the immovable properties under the control of Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Pvt. Ltd. Notably, Shridhar Madhav Patankar is the brother-in-law of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The central probe agency, ED, has already apprehended the mouthpiece and Maharashtra Minister belonging to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nawab Malik, in a money laundering case. The Income Tax department had conducted raids at offices and houses of close aides of Shiv Sena leaders and Maharashtra ministers Aaditya Thackeray and Anil Parab on March 8, 2022. It has also conducted raids last year at several premises of multiple sugar mills and real estate groups, some of which are said to be linked to NCP leader and Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, and his 3 sisters.