On Thursday, a day after his release from prison, Rajya Sabha member and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut visited Thackeray’s private residence in Mumbai and met with former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray told the media outside his residence after meeting Raut that Raut’s aggression would be the same as before.
Thackeray said, “We are overjoyed to have Sanjay back. He is not only the party’s leader or an MP, but a special friend of mine, and his return will strengthen our party’s voice”.
Thackeray even compared Raut’s political aggression to “Cannon,” saying that a cannon is always a cannon. “Raut was silent for a while, but now he’s come out and he’s going to roar again,” Thackeray said.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Raut on August 1 in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl in Mumbai’s suburban Goregaon.
The ED summoned him on June 28 this year in connection with the prevention of money laundering in the Rs1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam.
On Wednesday, a special court in Mumbai granted Raut bail, which is seen as a relief for the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance ahead of the municipal elections.
In response to Raut’s release, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray stated that the court’s order demonstrated that the Central government was misusing its agencies against the opposition.
“This is very clear that government agencies like ED were being used to break the opposition parties and its leaders,” he said, adding that the judiciary is the only hope of justice left in the country.
Sanjay has demonstrated how to fight without losing his self-respect, according to the Shiv Sena chief.