Raut refers to Hitler to fire fresh salvo at Fadnavis

Raut refers to Hitler to fire fresh salvo at Fadnavis Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut onSunday hit out at Maharashtra's caretaker chief ministerDevendra Fadnavis and accused him of playing politics of fear,while making a reference to German dictator Adolf Hitler inthe backdop of logjam over government formation in the state.

Without naming Fadnavis, Raut, in a fresh attack onthe BJP leader amid the ongoing war of words between thesaffron allies, said, 'When ways of threatening and seekingpolitical support don't work, it is time to accept that Hitleris dead and the looming clouds of slavery have disappeared.' In his column 'Rokhthok' in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana',he said Fadnavis, despite being blessed by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi to become chief minister for the second time,has not been able to assume the top post in Maharashtra.

'He could not take oath because BJP chief Amit Shahhas remained aloof from developments in the state,' Raut said.

In the October 21 polls, the BJP won 105 seats whileally Sena won 56 seats. The majority mark in the 288-memberstate Assembly is 145.

However, since the poll results were announced onOctober 24, both the parties have been bickering over thechief minister's post, resulting in a stalemate overgovernment formation.

Raut said even 15 days after the results wereannounced, Fadnavis could not take oath as the chief minister.

'The BJP's biggest ally Shiv Sena not ready to speakto the outgoing chief minister is the biggest defeat (of theBJP). This time, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will decidethe next chief minister of Maharashtra,' he said.

NCP president Sharad Pawar and many Congress leadershave communicated to their party chief Sonia Gandhi that theirpriority is to have a 'non-BJP' chief minister in the state,the Rajya Sabha member said in the Marathi publication.

'Everyone wants to end the politics of revenge,subservience and playing dirty tricks,' Raut said.

'Those who used to threaten others with their powerare now scared,' he said in remarks laced with sarcasm. PTI NDGK GK