Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde, who is currently camped in Assam with other MLAs as the political unrest in Maharashtra continues, slammed the party on Sunday for backing Dawood Ibrahim and those responsible for the murder of innocent people as well as the perpetrators of the Mumbai bomb blast
“How can Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena support people who had a direct connection with culprits of Mumbai bomb blast, Dawood Ibrahim and those responsible for taking lives of innocent people of Mumbai. That’s why we took such a step, it’s better to die,” Shinde said in a tweet.
He said that he and other MLAs hoisted the revolt banner in protest of such backing and that he doesn’t care about dying in order to defend Bal Thackeray’s Shiv Sena. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) minister Nawab Malik, who is incarcerated in connection with a money laundering case reportedly involving family of Dawood Ibrahim, is the subject of Eknath Shinde’s tweets from Sunday night.
The tweets are also considered as a response to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Earlier in the day, Sanjay Raut had termed Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs as “bodies without souls” which will be sent to the morgue.
“We have learnt a lesson on whom to trust….These are the bodies whose souls have died. Their mind is dead….40 bodies will come from Assam and will be sent directly to the morgue for postmortem,” Sanjay Raut had said in an apparent reference to the number of MLAs camping in Guwahati with Eknath Shinde while addressing Sena cadres.
The senior Shiv Sena leader stated in another tweet that they would consider their deaths to be lucky if they were to save the Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray’s philosophy.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s Twitter account was mentioned in Eknath Shinde’s tweets.