Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut To Appear Before ED Today: Sanjay Raut, the head of the Shiv Sena, will appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office today (July 1) after the investigating organization turned down his plea for additional time to appear in a money laundering case.
He received a second summons from the ED to appear before July 1 after failing to show up for his initial call on Monday, owing to the political unrest in Maharashtra.
The investigation against Raut is notable since it relates to the redevelopment of Mumbai’s Patra Chawl. His attorney had requested 13–14 days to provide the materials to the investigation agency, but the agency denied the request.
On June 30, the Shiv Sena leader told the reporters that he would be visiting the Enforcement Directorate (ED) headquarters the following day. In response to Uddhav Thackeray’s Wednesday night resignation as chief minister, he said that the Shiv Sena would campaign and win elections “on our own once again.”
“Power does not birth for Shiv Sena; rather, Shiv Sena births for power. Balasaheb Thackeray’s guiding principle has always been this. Work will be done so that we may regain power on our own “said he.
Eknath Shinde, who overthrew the Shiv Sena in a coup that brought down the MVA administration after only 31 months, took the oath of office as chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday night.
At Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari gave him the oath. Devendra Fadnavis, a BJP politician, took the oath to become deputy chief minister.
Shinde and Fadnavis convened the first cabinet meeting of the new administration on Thursday night in Mumbai after taking the oath.
At a joint news conference in Mumbai on Thursday, Fadnavis, who served as Maharashtra’s Chief Minister from 2014 to 2019, announced that Eknath Shinde would take over as state leader.
At the press conference, Fadnavis said he would leave the administration. Later, after hearing from BJP leader JP Nadda, Fadnavis chose to join the new Maharashtra administration to benefit the state’s citizens, according to a tweet from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who also congratulated him. In a tweet, he said that Fadnavis had had a “large heart” and that the choice reflected his genuine devotion and spirit of service to Maharashtra.
Days after Shinde led a mutiny with at least 39 Shiv Sena MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as chief minister on Wednesday.
Shinde, who attended the news conference with Fadnavis, said that the decision was made in favor of Bal Thackeray’s Hindutva and for advancing the 50 MLAs who support him.
“We have 50 MLAs in total, including 40 Shiv Sena MLAs.
With their assistance, we have fought this struggle so far.
I won’t allow even a scratch to damage the faith these 50 individuals have in me, much less allow that trust to be violated, “said Shinde.
“We pledged to Balasaheb’s Hindutva and the development efforts in our MLAs’ home districts when we made our choice. We are joined by 50 MLAs, “Added him. Even though the BJP had 120 MLAs, the Shiv Sena leader said, Fadnavis did not accept the position of Chief Minister.