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Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena shares his experience in Anda Cell

Senior leader of the Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction, Sanjay Raut on Friday called himself a “prisoner of war” days after he was released on bail in a money laundering case. Raut, one of Thackeray’s close associates, said he lost 10kg in prison and was held in an “anda cell” where he could not see sunlight for at least 15 days.

In an interview with NDTV, said Raut from prolonged exposure to spotlights, his eyesight was significantly weakened. “I have trouble reading or seeing. I also have trouble hearing and talking. But it doesn’t matter, I had to put up with this. You also start to lose your memory,” he said.

The anda cell is a high security area, where prisoners are known to be held in solitary confinement. The Sena leader said he was a “prisoner of war” as the state government led by Prime Minister Eknath Shinde’s Sena faction and the BJP believed that the Thackeray faction was waging a war against them. Raut said he would not have been arrested had he surrendered to the BJP, according to the report published by NDTV.

He also questioned whether the state government will continue to arrest only those in the opposition. Raut expressed his gratitude to the Thackeray family, saying that everything he had achieved was “thanks to Balasaheb Thackeray and the Thackeray family”.

He denounced those who had left Uddhav Thackeray to join Shinde, saying that the people of Maharashtra were with their faction and not with the CM group. Only the MLAs and party leaders left to fulfill their personal agenda, he added.

“Those who have left are controlled by someone else… There is only one Shiv Sena in Maharashtra,” the report quoted him as saying.

‘Maharashtra won’t accept comments against Savarkar’

On senior congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks to Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar during his pit stop in Maharashtra for ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, Raut said that the people of the state would not accept it. However, he said that the Gandhi scion’s yatra was against pressing issues like unemployment, price rises and dictatorship.

“Coming to Maharashtra and saying things about Veer Savarkar is not acceptable. Congress leaders in Maharashtra will not support him (Rahul Gandhi),” Raut said, adding, “Bharat Jodo Yatra is against dictatorship and issues like unemployment, inflation and Congress get support.”

The Thackeray faction is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, which was overthrown due to the rebellion of Shinde and some other leaders of the Shiv Sena. However, the Thackerays have indicated that their relationship with the Congress remains intact as former minister Aaditya Thackeray joined Gandhi for the yatra as it passed through the state.

A day ago on Thursday, Raut said the BJP should ensure that Savarkar gets Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. The BJP has tried to corner the Thackeray-led Sena after Gandhi said during his Bharat Jodo Yatra that Savarkar was helping the British and begged them for mercy out of fear.

“Bharat Ratna award should be given to Savarkar instead of showing this pseudo affection towards him. Why has the prize not been awarded to Savarkar so far?” asked Raut, commenting on the controversy and adding, “If they (BJP) have so much affection and respect for the late Balasaheb Thackeray, they can also give him Bharat Ratna.”

Shinde had said that one of the causes of his rebellion was that Uddhav Thackeray had betrayed his own father and Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s Hindutva ideology by forming an alliance with the Congress.

Raut said that even Maharashtra congress leaders were embarrassed by Gandhi’s remarks, and that his stance on Savarkar could pose a major problem for the MVA alliance in the state. “He (Rahul) should not have raised this issue (Savarkar) as this is not the agenda of the Bharat Jodo Yatra,” the leader added.

(with PTI inputs)

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