Mumbai: With out mincing phrases, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut termed the BJP his social gathering’s “principal enemy” and mentioned it’s a part of the Maharashtra authorities “only for the sake of it”.
His remarks got here on the eve of the Devendra Fadnavis govenment’s third anniversary.
Raut additionally praised Rahul Gandhi saying there was a considerable change in him over the past three years. “The BJP owns the federal government. We’re (within the authorities) only for the sake of it. As an alternative of hitting out on the Congress and NCP, the BJP targets the Sena. They (BJP) are our principal enemy,” Raut informed reporters in Nashik.
On Rahul Gandhi, the Rajya Sabha MP mentioned, “A pacesetter is one who’s accepted by individuals. There’s a substantial change in Rahul Gandhi since 2014. Folks wish to take heed to him now.”
The Uddhav Thackeray-led social gathering has begun preparations for the Lok Sabha and Meeting polls of 2019 and it is able to struggle elections whether or not or not there may be an alliance with the BJP, Raut mentioned.
To a query on the Sena’s stand on encroachment by hawkers on Mumbai’s streets, Raut mentioned Bal Thackeray, the late Sena chief, was the primary to boost the difficulty. “Balasaheb was the primary particular person to talk on this challenge. Right this moment, except the chief minister offers police safety to company staff, the civic physique can not take away encroachments,” he mentioned.
Requested about former Congress chief Narayan Rane — who began his profession with the Sena earlier than a bitter parting of how — becoming a member of the state Cupboard, Raut mentioned he had been listening to rumours of a Cupboard growth for lengthy, and he would touch upon it solely when it occurs.
Earlier within the day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had mentioned the Cupboard reshuffle will happen earlier than the Winter Session of state legislature, and Rane, who stop the Congress lately to kind his personal outfit, will likely be inducted into the Cupboard.