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Reversing decisions as BJP muffled our voice earlier: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

If you need an alliance, you make promises and then you don’t fulfil it. This is betrayal. When they were in power with us, they used the fact that they were in power to ensure that we did not grow in elections or otherwise. Their view was that only their party (BJP) should grow in Maharashtra, this kind of thinking is wrong, said Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena.

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2020, 11.39 PM IST
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Sanjay Raut,who was instrumental in getting the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress to form an alliance to rule Maharashtra, told Krishna Kumar that the Sena ended its alliance with BJP as the latter not only did not keep its promises, but was also trying to “finish off” the party. Hence, the Sena is reversing many decisions taken when it was in alliance with BJP. Excerpts:

Why did the BJP lose the Nagpur zilla parishad polls?
They have been defeated in their home ground. RSS headquarters is there, Nitin Gadkari is a big leader there, Fadnavis was CM and he also is from Nagpur, yet they lost. Even during assembly polls, Congress won two seats from here. They could have won two more, but lost narrowly. If Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi had campaigned there, the entire Vidarbha situation would have changed. Nagpur polls show that you (BJP) won the elections only because you had power. When you lost power, you started losing. This feeling of invincibility that BJP was displaying, has vanished.

Why is BJP doing badly?

They have not been able to resolve unemployment, farmers’ issues. They could not fulfill their promises and people are fed up with the same old speeches.

There is talk that besides the CM issue, the BJP was planning to finish off Sena and that led to the split...
If you need an alliance, you make promises and then you don’t fulfil it. This is betrayal. When they were in power with us, they used the fact that they were in power to ensure that we did not grow in elections or otherwise. Their view was that only their party (BJP) should grow in Maharashtra, this kind of thinking is wrong.

Is this why Sena is reversing decisions taken by BJP?
Definitely, when they were in power (with us), they used to muffle our voices. We had reservations on many decisions taken by them and opposed it. However, they had the numbers. So, they ignored us, which is why they are being reversed now.

What are your views on re-investigating Justice Loya and the Bhima Koregaon cases?

I’m outside the government. Hence, I will not speak on that. I did speak to Sharad Pawar on these cases but I will not reveal what was discussed.

Sena is being questioned on Savarkar and the ‘Free Kashmir’ banners...

We continue to hold Savarkar in high regard. Congress has not understood Savarkar. The government is not based on Savakar or CAA but on roti, kapda, makaan, social justice, women empowerment and employment.

Will JNU violence impact Delhi poll? AAP will win. JNU issue will not work. AAP has done good work on education, health and other sectors.
What about Congress in Delhi? I don’t think so, (they have any).

Will CAA not benefit BJP?

BJP tried to do a ‘Hindu versus Muslim’ through CAA. However, it did not happen. Hindus and Muslims have come together to protest.

There is talk that BJP is looking for a tieup with MNS?

It’s not serious. BJP needs somebody to hang on to (for an alliance). I don’t think the alliance will happen considering Raj Thackeray’s position (on migrants from north India). BJP is doing this (talk of alliance with MNS) to pressurise Sena. We are not going to come under any pressure, we have chosen our way.

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