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Sanjay Raut Says These Actions “Will Backfire” After ED Raids Sena MLA

The Shiv Sena won’t care if the central probe agencies, judiciary and law are going to behave as if “slaves or servants” of those in power, he commented. 

Mumbai| The ED”s raids on properties of party MLA Pratap Sarnaik is a “political vendetta” and the Maharashtra government or its leaders will not surrender to pressure from anyone, said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday, after the Enforcement Directorate raided the premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, outlook reported. 

Mr Raut, talking to reporters here, without naming the BJP, said it should forget the dream of coming to power in Maharashtra for the next 25 years, “no matter how much pressure it exerts or spreads terror through agencies”.

“If you have begun today, we know how to end it,” the Shiv Sena MP said after the ED raided 10 premises in and around Mumbai linked to Shiv Sena MLA.

“This action is definitely a political vendetta. The ED or other agencies should not work as if a branch of a political party,” Mr Raut added.

Mr Raut also said that Sarnaik”s properties were raided while the latter was not at home, and added that no matter how many notices are issued, only truth shall prevail in Maharashtra.

There is no ban on probes by an agency and it can take action if there is evidence, the Sena Spokesperson clarified.

“But, you want to mentally harass the people related to the (state) government. These actions will backfire on you. And I think that time is nearing,” he said.

The Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray quit the NDA in 2019 over differences with the BJP on Chief Ministerial post.

“Be it the CBI or ED, our government, MLAs and leaders will not surrender to anyone no matter what. We will keep fighting,” Sanjay Raut said.

“Those who are trying to use the pressure of agencies or want to demoralise MLAs should keep in mind that this is Maharashtra of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” the Sena leader added.

He also said that the Shiv Sena will not be scared if the ED sets up an office outside the residences of each of the party’s MLAs, MPs and leaders, the Rajya Sabha member said.

He can send to the ED a list of 100 people of “a party whose orders the agency is taking” about their businesses and how their money-laundering is going on, Raut further added.

The Shiv Sena won’t care if the central probe agencies, judiciary and law are going to behave as if “slaves or servants” of those in power, he commented.

“No matter how many notices you send, raids you conduct, create fake documents and evidence, but in Maharashtra and in the case of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), only truth shall prevail.”

“The motto of ”Satyamev Jayate” can win only in Maharashtra,” said the Rajya Sabha MP.

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