Mumbai: Regarding the ongoing political upheaval in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today taunted at rebel MLAs who are at the moment camping in Assam, terming them as “Jahil” (uneducated) who are like the “walking dead”.
In a tweet quoting Imam Ali, Mr. Raut said, “Jahalat (lack of education) is a kind of death and ‘Jahil’ (uneducated) people are like the walking dead.”
Speaking to mediapersons on Monday, Mr Raut said, “Their bodies are alive, but their souls are dead.” It is a way of speaking in Maharashtra. “What did I say wrong?” Those who are in a party for 40 years and then leave ‘it means their souls are not active, they do not have anything left in them, and these are the lines said by Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s sentiment, I just said the truth. “
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena leader lambasted the party’s rebel MLAs, calling them “living corpses” whose “souls are dead”.
Meanwhile, attacking rebel MLAs of the party, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray accused them of “betraying” the party and said, “the dirt has gone out of Shiv Sena”.
Mr Thackeray, who was addressing Shivsainiks in Mumbai, said the party rebels were “enjoying” in Guwahati while Assam was coping with floods in several parts of the state.
Mr Thackeray also claimed that 15 to 20 MLAs, who are in Eknath Shinde’s rebel camp, were in touch with the Shiv Sena and had urged the party to bring them back to Mumbai from Guwahati.
He said the leader of the rebel group, Eknath Shinde, was offered the post of Chief Minister in May but “he did drama”.
Meanwhile, a core committee meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra unit took place on Monday to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra faced by the ruling MVA government in the state.
Notably, the battle reached into the legal zone. The next hearing in the Supreme Court will take place on July 12, which is likely to make everything clear.