Mumbai : Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed that Anil Deshmukh was the accident-hit home minister after he denied the responsibility of senior leaders like Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patel.
Raut’s remarks came amid speculation in the political arena that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had met NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel at the residence of top industrialists in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
“Everything cannot be done in public,” Shah told a news conference in New Delhi on Sunday.
Sharing party power in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena and Congress, NCP minister Nawab Malik said no such meeting had taken place, adding that efforts were being made to spread such rumors and create confusion.
Malik claimed that Shah wanted to create confusion by asking questions to reporters at media briefings.
In his weekly column in the party’s mouthpiece Samana, Rauthok, Raut added that former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh had claimed that Deshmukh had asked the police to recruit and that the Maharashtra Maha Bikas Agadi government had no control over the damage. ₹One hundred crore rupees per month.
“Deshmukh accidentally got the post of Home Minister. Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patel rejected the post. That is why Sharad Pawar gave the post to Anil Deshmukh,” Raut wrote in his weekly column.
Raut may have tweeted, “Bura na mono holi hai ..”
In his column, Raut said, “If a junior officer like Sachin Waz was running a racket to collect (money) from the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s Office, why was the Home Minister not aware of it?”
“Waze was a free API for the Mumbai police. Who gave him so much power? Whose choice is he? It should all come out,” Raut wrote.
“Deshmukh unwittingly misled some police officers. If a home minister is surrounded by suspicious officers, he will not be able to function properly,” he said.
Raut said a home minister should always speak less. The army MP added that it was not his job to face the camera frequently and order an investigation.
“(The Home Minister’s) job is not just to salute, but to give a strong leadership. Strong leadership requires honesty, how can anyone forget,” Raut wrote.
Deshmukh said on Sunday that a retired high court judge would investigate allegations of corruption against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.
Deshmukh told reporters in Nagpur that he had asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to start an investigation into the allegations made against Param Bir Singh.
“The chief minister and the state government have decided that a retired high court judge will investigate the allegations against me. Any truth will be revealed,” he said.
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