MUMBAI: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday hit out at Union Home Minister Amit and BJP president Amit Shah, alleging that he was lying on the Maharashtra power-sharing deal, which was agreed between the two parties before the state assembly election.
Training his guns at the Home Minister, Raut said, ''Anit Shah is lying on Shiv Sena's demand for a rotational chief minister for 2.5 years in Maharashtra. He also kept PM Narendra Modi in the dark over the issue.''
Attacking Shah further, Raut claimed that PM Modi, in all his public rallies in Maharashtra, said that Devendra Fadnavis will become the chief minister again. We never denied that and respected what he said since he is the tallest political leader today. Similarly, in all public rallies, Shiv Sena chief also told voters that the next chief minister will be from his party. How can Amit Shah now claim that there was no deal on power-sharing and rotational chief ministership in Maharashtra? Everything between the two sides was normal till the assembly election, then how things worsened all of a sudden.''
Raut went on to say that the power-sharing discussion between Uddhav and Shah took place in Shiv Sena founder Bala Saheb's room, which we treat like a temple. It is the same room where Bala Saheb blessed PM Modi for taking forward the Hindutva ideology.''
He also heaped praise on PM Modi and said that a ''large-hearted'' leader like him would have accepted the Shiv Sena's demand had he been told about the same.
''Now, that Shah is lying on the issue, we see this as an insult to Shiv Sena founder and his party. We swear in his name that we are not lying on the issue,'' Raut added.