Firebrand Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut, Sunday minced no words in lashing out at the rebels. He was speaking at a Sena meet in Mumbai and dared the “bodies to come back to Maharashtra.”
Taking the jibe further, he added: “Rebels are living corpses with dead souls. A post-mortem will be conducted on the Assembly floor.”
He further added: “The one who betrays Balasaheb is finished. From now on, we have to decide who to trust and whose palanquin to carry. The bodies of these 40 MLAs will come here. They will be directly sent to the mortuary for post-mortem,” he added, declaring that he “doesn’t consider this a crisis.”
“When I see the photos, Radisson Blu doesn’t look like a hotel, it seems like the Bigg Boss house. People are drinking, eating, playing. And half of them will be eliminated. Till when will you hide in Guwahati, you will have to come back to Chowpatty,” he reiterated.
“The 40 people who are there are living corpses. Only their bodies will come back here. When these 40 people step out here, they won’t be alive at heart. They know what can happen in the fire that has been lit here. This is the Shiv Sena, and it has only one father. And you cannot steal a father. They want to split Maharashtra in three parts. We will not let that happen,” he dared.
Raut’s earlier remarks had also caused an uproar. He had stated “that the MLAs, when they come back to Maharashtra for a floor test, they will find it difficult to return and move around.”
Meanwhile, Shinde had tweeted a letter addressed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. Signed by 16 MLAs, the letter pointed out that it was job of the government to ensure security of the MLAs.
Amid the political turmoil in Maharashtra, the Central government, Sunday (June 26), provided “Y+” category armed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. Aaditya Thackeray has questioned the expense being doled out.