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Amid war within, Sena leader Sanjay Raut claims ‘Union Minister threatened Pawar’




New Delhi: While Shiv Sena battles its ‘worst rebellion in decades’, party’s key spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Friday alleged that a Union Minister has threatened Sharad Pawar, believed to be the chief architect of Mahavikas Aghadi alliance (MVA).

Sharad Pawar, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and the tallest leader of state has vowed to support Uddhav government till last minute and help salvage the crisis.

“He is the son of Maharashtra. They are threatening him. PM Modi, Amit Shah.. are you listenin? Your minister is threatening Sharad Pawar – do you support such threats?,” asked Sanjay Raut.

He further tweeted, “Whether MVA survives or not, use of such language for Pawar is not acceptable,” Raut tweeted, tagging Prime Minister’s office (PMO).

Raut’s claims has sparked fresh controversy over alleged BJP hand in engineering revolt by means of financial allurements. Till now, the Shiv Sena has refrained from making direct charges against any party, this is first insinuation against the Centre.

Raut’s comments came on the back of allegations by Union Minister Narayan Rane, who tweeted yesterday that Sharad Pawar was threatening the Sena rebels.

Yesterday, while speaking to press, Sharad Pawar had said that talks can’t take place in Assam and the Sena MLAs will have to eventually return to Maharasthra and only then they can be persuaded.

Sharad Pawar

After Pawar’s statement, Narayan Rane tweeted, “They will definitely come and vote as per their will. If any harm comes to them, it will be difficult to go home.”

The BJP has dismissed claims of Sena leader that any threat was issued to Sharad Pawar. Junior Railway Minister countered Raut’s claims and said that it was only the internal matter of Sena and BJP has nothing to do with it.

“No central minister is giving threats. This is an internal matter of the Shiv Sena. BJP is only in wait-and-watch position,” Raosaheb Patil Danve, the junior Railways minister, said.