Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should not indulge themselves in ousting governments from power. Sanjay Raut alleged that those who played a key role in the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra are being targeted.
Amid speculations of differences between the MVA government’s constituents Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP, Sanjay Raut said there is no threat to the government despite BJP’s attempts to weaken the alliance.
The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member also exuded confidence that the MVA would win the election for the post of Speaker of the state assembly, despite the opposition party’s attempts to create doubts and uncertainty about the government’s existence.
Asked whether the ED’s action on a sugar mill in Maharashtra was allegedly linked to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Raut said those who played a key role in forming the MVA government are being targeted.
He said, “Threats are being given that more such action will be seen. This kind of politics is not a good thing. Millions of people depend on sugar mills for their livelihood. Using ED and CBI is like attacking from behind. A one-on-one battle should be fought. The ED and CBI should not involve themselves in ousting the governments from power.
The ED had said that the Jarandeshwar Sahakari Sugar Factory (Jarandeshwar SSK), located at Chimangaon-Koregaon in Satara district, has been attached in connection with the alleged Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) scam.
Raut said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray have cordial relations with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “Despite the BJP’s strenuous efforts to weaken the MVA, there is no threat to the alliance,” he said.
He said that it is certain that the MVA will win the election for the post of Speaker of the State Assembly. “If BJP allows unanimous elections, it will do Maharashtra a favor. There is no use in creating doubts and uncertainty over the existence of the government. The post of president will go to Congress. The Congress leadership will decide the candidate.”
The Shiv Sena leader said that the party is of the opinion that the election for the post of president can be avoided during the coronavirus pandemic, but it has been done since the outgoing president (Nana Patole) took over as the president of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress earlier this year. The post is lying vacant.
The monsoon session of the state assembly is scheduled to be held on July 5 and 6. The Speaker has always been elected unopposed as per the convention of the State Legislature.
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