Raut said that the rebel MLAs will return to their side once they will come back to Mumbai. He also advised former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to not get involved in this matter, and save whatever is left of his dignity.
New Delhi: Amid ongoing political crisis due to rebellion in Shiv Sena, party workers on Saturday vandalised office of the rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant in Balaji area of Katraj in Pune. Tanaji Sawant is among the MLAs who have revolted against Uddhav Thackeray and is currently camping at Raddison Blu hotel in Guwahati.
Party leader Sanjay Raut said that they will sit together at meeting, discuss party’s expansion, and its future. He said that the party cannot be hijacked as it’s a very big. “It’s been made with our blood. Several sacrificed to make it. No one can break it with money,” Raut said.
Sanjay Raut had earlier said that the rebel MLAs will return to their side once they will come back to Mumbai. He also advised former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to not get involved in this matter, and save whatever is left of his dignity. “We will consider quitting the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition if the MLAs come back from Guwahati and talk to us,” he had said while talking to the media on Thursday.
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“MLAs should not communicate from Guwahati, they should come back to Mumbai and discuss all this with the Chief Minister. We are ready to consider exiting out of MVA if this is the will of all the MLAs but for that, they have to come here and discuss it with the Chief Minister,” Raut had said.
Shiv Sena MLA Kailash Patil, who spoke to the media earlier, had said, “We were trapped and taken to Surat, I walked a kilometre to run away from there. We will not ditch Shiv Sena which has made us MLA.” Patil is the first MLA to come out in support of the Shiv Sena narrative of BJP “abducting” its MLAs for political gains.
Meanwhile, despite only 13 MLAs turning up at a key meeting convened by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut had said they are in touch with at least 21 rebel MLAs who are camping at a hotel in Guwahati and all of them will return. He had also said Thackeray will return to Varsha Bungalow soon.