Senior Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has written to party supremo and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to join hands with the BJP ahead of crucial municipal elections in 10 cities, Times of India has reported.
Sarnaik has also alleged that the alliance with Congress-NCP has not benefited Shiv Sena with the former trying to induct Shiv Sena leaders and party workers.
Sarnaik who is accused in a money laundering case has alleged that joining hands with the BJP will mean that cases against leaders like him will go away.
Senior BJP leader and former MP Kirit Somaiya has claimed that Sarnaik is now worried about going to jail.
"Sarnaik seems worried about jail now asking CM Thackeray to join hands with PM Modi and BJP. All ‘ghotalebaj’, Sarnaik, Parab, Waikar.. will have to be guests of jail", Somaiya has been quoted as saying.
Sarnaik is an MLA from the Ovala-Majiwada Vidhan Sabha Constituency. He has been under the ED’s radar with relation to a money laundering case as multiple raids have been conducted in the 56-year-old’s house and official residences. Sarnaik was an auto-rickshaw driver more than two decades ago. However, he has now become a real-estate baron with a reported net worth of Rs 144 crore.
The ED has alleged that the leader from Shivsena secured kickbacks amounting more than Rs 7 crore enabling security service provider Topsgrup’s Rs 175 crore worth contract with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).