21 Jul 2022

"Sanjay Raut broke Shiv Sena": Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale accused Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut of a split in the party and said that Uddhav Thackeray entered into an alliance with the NCP only at the behest of Raut.
Speaking to ANI, Mr. Athawale said, "It was not Sharad Pawar but Sanjay Raut who broke the Shiv Sena. Uddhav Thackeray decided to go with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) only at the behest of Sanjay Raut."

The Union minister said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena government would have come to Maharashtra if Shiv Sena and NCP had not come together.

"The Maha Vikas Aghadi would never have come into being if the Shiv Sena and the NCP had not come together, hence the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra," Mr Athawale said.

Earlier, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ramdas Kadam had alleged that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had broken the Shiv Sena and said that Mr. Pawar was systematically weakening the party.

"It was not acceptable to any of us that the Shiv Sena chief's son was sitting with NCP and Congress ministers. Had Eknath Shinde not taken this step, the Sena would not have even had 10 MLAs with it," Kadam said.

"I worked in the party for 52 years and finally got kicked out. I will thank the MLAs who accompanied Eknath Shinde," he said.

Meanwhile, Rahul Shewale said, "Uddhav Thackeray was ready for an alliance with BJP, the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was for an hour but it could not take place due to the deadlock of some Shiv Sena MLAs."

Reacting to this, the minister further said that when Shiv Sena went with NCP, “I said that it is against the decision of Balasaheb Uddhav Thackeray. If Udhav Thackeray had originally come with the BJP and taken the post of Deputy Chief Minister, there would have been no deadlock."

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