Fadnavis's rush to get to power sank BJP in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut

MUMBAI: Senior Shiv Sena The leader said Sunday that the former prime minister's rush to reach power and children's comments plunged the BJP into Maharashtra and the latter became the leader of the opposition.

With the coming together of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP supreme Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, what has happened in Maharashtra is acceptable to the country as well, Raut claimed in his column 'Rokhthok' in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

In a veiled attack against the central leaders of the BJP without naming anyone, he said Maharashtra did not bow to the Mafia government as the operation of Delhi.

What is significant is that Uddhav Thackeray came to power by dethroning the powerful Modi-Shah domain, said Raut, who is the executive editor of 'Saamana'.

He also expressed his confidence that this government (of the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance) will survive for five years.

I find it amusing that people who rated Ajit Pawar's link with Fadnavis as a 'scripted' plan by Sharad Pawar, now bow to the head of the PCN after the formation of the government (Maha Vikas Aghadi), Raut said.

Before the Assembly polls, Fadnavis made children's comments as if there were no opposition parties left in the state, the era of Sharad Pawar was ending and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi of Prakash Ambedkar would be the main opposition.

But he (Fadnavis) became the leader of the opposition, joked the member of Rajya Sabha.

Fadnavis said he would return, but his rush to reach power sank the BJP in 80 hours, he said.

Overconfidence and their dependence (on Fadnavis) on the top leaders based in Delhi destroyed their policy. Last month's developments look like a new script for the movie 'Sinhasan' (throne), Raut said.

He was referring to the 1979 Marathi movie of the same name, which was based freely on the novels of the late author Arun Sadhu 'Sinhasan' and 'Mumbai Dinank'.

Raut also said that the Maharashtra governor's office played the role of a villain in the 80-hour Fadnavis government and PCN leader Ajit Pawar.

The governor once told me that he would do nothing beyond the framework of the Constitution. But then he swore to Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar in a hurry. The order from the 'top' (apparently referred to the Center) seems to have played a more important role. paper said.

The desperate act of Ajit Pawar (to support the BJP) approached the Seine, the PCN and Congress and cemented its alliance, he said.

He also created pressure on other MLA NCPs, who rebelled, and when everyone returned to Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar also returned, he said.

If Sharad Pawar had not taken the initiative, this alliance would not have materialized, Raut said.

Everyone in the Congress was doubtful of joining hands with the Shiv Sena. It was Sharad Pawar who told Sonia Gandhi that late Sena supreme Bal Thackeray had cordial relations with former prime minister Indira Gandhi, he said.

The Sena did not present its candidates against Congress in the State Assembly polls held after the Emergency in the country, Raut said, adding that his party also supported the candidacy of Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee for the position of President.

The Hindi-speaking community in Mumbai also votes for the Seine, therefore, the party continued to win elections for the city's civic body. Sharad Pawar also reported this to Sonia Gandhi, the Sena leader added.