Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2022

Raut Is Ncp’s ‘blue-eyed Boy’ Trying To Finish Off Sena, Accuses Rebel Mla | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Calling Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut the “blue-eyed boy” of NCP, Sawantwadi MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is part of Eknath Shinde’s breakaway group, on Monday said when the Shiv Sena-BJP government formation in the state was a mere formality in 2019, he became “active” with the blessings of a “strong NCP leader” and that he is bent on destroying the saffron party.
In an open letter, ‘Safeguarding Hindutva: not a rebellion; but a fight for Shiv Sena’s self-respect’, Kesarkar said: “You may succeed in distancing Shiv Sena from BJP. But if you’re trying to distance Shiv Sena from Hindutva — how do you expect us to tolerate it?”

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He accused Raut directly of “distancing Uddhavji from us. NCP fires the gun from Sanjay Raut’s shoulder — and who does the bullet hit? Not enemies of our party but loyalists like us. This is not acceptable to us”.
The letter again called for Sena to return to an alliance with BJP.
Kesarkar said since 2019, “we have been fiercely opposing to ally with those who have opposed Hindutva, against whom Balasaheb spent his life fighting”. However, the party followed the path shown by the leader. “But now, the water is way over our heads. Today if, at our cost, NCP and Congress are enjoying power and simultaneously making efforts to finish the very foundation of our party, it is not acceptable to us… If on the advice of Sanjay Raut, the whole party is going to bow down on NCP’s feet, what is going to be left of Shiv Sena?” he asked.
Kesarkar added: “We have spent our lives fighting against the very NCP and Congress… ousting them and building a strong foundation for Shiv Sena. A very systematic effort is being made to demolish all of that work of ages… All the important portfolios were given away to NCP and Congress, keeping the CM post, how do we defend a minister who has ties with Dawood? Even during the recent Rajya Sabha elections, they defeated Shiv Sena’s candidate.”

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The letter claimed that under PM Modi’s leadership, two ideologically similar parties were growing, the idea of Hindutva was gaining strength. “Balasaheb’s basic mantra and most important lesson to us had been that focusing on Hindutva was above any alliances,” said Kesarkar.
“On Kashmir, Balasaheb had not only taken a strong, decisive stand but also invited the Kashmiri Pandits to Maharashtra. But during the abolition of Article 370, our leaders were not able to even speak openly. Should we let go of all our self-esteem to please Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi?” he added.

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