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Maharashtra’s political atmosphere is polluted: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed on Sunday that Maharashtra’s political atmosphere has become polluted, where many people are out to “destroy” each other.

Raut said he realized this again after he got out of prison on November 9.

The Rajya Sabha member was arrested on August 1 this year by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case and released on bail on November 9 by a Mumbai court.

On Sunday, he resumed his weekly Rokhthok column in ‘Saamana’, the mouthpiece of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction of which he is the editor-in-chief.

The Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra collapsed in June this year following an uprising led by Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who later became the prime minister with the support of the BJP.

“There is a sense of hatred and politicians have now reached a stage where they don’t want their opponents to be alive. Maharashtra’s political atmosphere has become polluted where people want to destroy each other,” Raut claimed.

“When I was asked about the comment by (Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader) of Devendra Fadnavis that bitterness must stop in politics, I replied that he is telling the truth and the media started saying that I have toned it down,” said the Sena leader.

“Democracy and freedom don’t exist now, these are just names now. Politics has become toxic. That was not the case during British rule,” Raut claimed.

The current rulers in Delhi want to hear what they want. Those who don’t are considered enemies, he further claimed.

“China and Pakistan are not enemies of Delhi, but those who speak the truth and are honest are treated as enemies and such political leaders demean the country,” he added.

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