Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut declares his party as BJP’s “biggest political rival”

Just a few days after facing defeat in the Lok Sabha bypoll in Palghar, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today described his party, Shiv Sena, as BJP’s biggest “political enemy”.

According to Raut, the country “does not” want the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the centre, but could “accept” the Congress or JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda, he said.

“The Shiv Sena is the biggest political enemy (rajkiya shatroo) of the BJP. The Sena’s radical Hinduism would prove problematic for the BJP,” he said in an opinion piece written under his ‘rokh-thokh’ (straight forward) column published in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, which is edited by him.

Taking a dig at BJP, Mr Raut said the BJP paid homage to its late MP Chintaman Wanaga by defeating his son, the Sena candidate, in Palghar.

He alleged that since Sena is the main political opponent of BJP, the latter’s plan is to weaken the Uddhav Thackeray-led party while staying in power with it. “Hence, the BJP’s plan is to stay with the Sena in power and try to weaken it by using power and money. The BJP used its resources to ensure Shiv Sena’s defeat in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll (held last month),” Mr Raut said.

Earlier, the Sena leader had cried foul over EVMs and how EVM tampering led to the BJP’s victory in Palghar He went on to claim that it was nothing short of a “scandal”.

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