Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his attack on the central government of the BJP following the arrest of its close aide Sanjay Raut, has compared it to Hitler’s German dictator. He said that during the Second World War, at one point, it seemed that Hitler was winning, and a model worker was cheering him on. “Hitler wanted him dead,” said Mr Thackeray.
“Where is the democratic government if it is dependent on the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation?” you have
Mr. Raut, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with an alleged money laundering case, was remanded for four days by a Mumbai court.
The Sena party led by Mr Thackeray has raised the issue in Parliament, with the party’s MP Priyanka Chaturvedi giving notice for a discussion on the “abuse of prime research institutes by the Central government for political agenda”.
Congress leaders have also extended support to Mr. Raut.
“The only crime Sanjay Raut has committed is that he was not deterred by the politics of intimidation of the BJP party. He is a man of conviction and courage. We stand with Sanjay Raut,” tweeted Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Mr Thackeray said he was proud of Mr Raut, who “did not succumb to any pressure”, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
Calling him the “hardcore Shiv Sainik of Sena founder Bal Thackeray”, he said, “I am proud of Sanjay Raut. What crime did he commit? He is a journalist, Shiv Sainik, he is not afraid and says what he disagrees with. “.
“There is a conversation in ‘Pushpa’ – “jhukega nahi” But the real Shiv Sainik who will not press is Sanjay Raut. Those who said they will not press, are all in the party today. This is not a clear direction. via Balasaheb. Raut is a true Shiv Sainik,” Mr. Thackeray added.
Mr Raut was arrested last night after another inquiry by the Enforcement Directorate. The agency wants to question him further on the development of the chawl in Mumbai and related businesses with his wife and close associates.
Before entering the Enforcement Directorate office yesterday, Mr. Raut told reporters that the action against him was aimed at weakening the Sena by Mr. Thackeray, who is vying for the leadership of the party with current Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.