Amid allegations that a ministerin Maharashtra cabinet is linked to the death of a woman inPune, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said there have beeninstances of character assassination in politics but “truthand law” will prevail in this case.
Some social media posts and the BJP have claimed thatthe 23-year-old woman, who died after falling from a buildingin Hadapsar area on February 8, was in a relationship with acabinet minister in the state.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads thethree-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the ShivSena, NCP and Congress, had already promised a detailed probeand action against the guilty.
“Law will prevail and not what the Opposition wants inthis case. Truth will always prevail. Chief Minister UddhavThackeray has already said that the case was being probed.
Thackeray (who heads Shiv Sena) is a sensitive person and hewill never do anything wrong. People of the state trust him,”Raut told reporters in Nashik.
According to Wanwadi police in Pune who haveregistered a case of accidental death, there was no suicidenote.
Raut said the woman who had recently levelledallegations (of rape) against NCP leader and ministerDhananjay Munde later withdrew them.
“Now there are some allegations against anotherminister Sanjay Rathod, who is one of the pillars of the ShivSena in Vidarbha region (in east Maharashtra). Truth will comeout in the probe. But in politics there have been instances ofcharacter assassination and maligning the image of politicalrivals. And it is believed that one can achieve success inpolitics (in such manner). But truth remained unchanged,” hesaid.
Taking a swipe at the BJP without naming it, Raut saidthe course of the probe in the alleged suicide will be as perlaw and it will not be the way the Opposition wants it to be.
“Maharashtra is a place where the law of the landprevails,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition inMaharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, demanded the statepolice take suo motu action over the alleged suicide of thewoman, and questioned whether the police are under some kindof pressure in connection with the case.
On Saturday, a BJP leader demanded that CM Thackerayset up a special investigation team including an IPS officerand a retired judge, to probe the case.
When asked about the “cold war” between the Maha VikasAghadi (MVA) government and Governor B S Koshyari, Raut said,”this is not a cold war but an open war”.
“The BJP is targeting the MVA government using theshoulder of the governor. Raj Bhavan is being used to playpolitics,” he alleged.
Raut said it was mandatory for the governor to acceptthe recommendations of the state Cabinet but he is under”political pressure”.
The Sena-led government and Koshyari are atloggerheads over various issues.
The governor is yet to act on the 12 names sent by theMVA government for nomination as members of the MaharashtraLegislative Council.
The latest such instance of the friction between thestate government and the governor occurred on Thursday when hewas not allowed to use a state governments aircraft to flayout of Mumbai at the last moment.
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