Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who faced ED raids, urges Uddhav Thackeray to reconcile with BJP to avoid problems caused by central government agencies


Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to join hands with the BJP in a bid to ensure that the party leaders are not harassed by the central government agencies in the future.

Sarnaik, who was raided by the Enforcement Directorate in November last year, wrote, “It is better to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi again as Shiv Sainiks feel that it would save the Sena leaders like me, Anil Parab and Ravindra Waikar from problems caused by the Central agencies.”

Sarnaik had shot to fame last year after he moved a breach of privilege motion against Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami in the Maharashtra assembly last year.

The Congress, which is a part of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, said that the matter was the internal matter of the Shiv Sena.

BJP’s Kirit Somaiya said that Sarnaik was worried about being sent to jail in money laundering cases. “#ShivSena MLA #PratapSarnaik seems worried about JAIL now ask CM #UddhavThackeray to join hands with PM @narendramodi @BJP4India All GHOTALEBAJ Pratap Sarnaik, #AnilParab, #RavindraWaikar…. will have to be guest of JAIL.”

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, according to news agency ANI, said, “An MLA has written to the chief minister. What should I say about this? However, he has, if the letter is authentic, raised a very important issue that MLAs of Maha Vikas Aghadi are being harassed.”

The ED had conducted a series of raids at 10 locations linked to Sarnaik in Thane and Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in November last year.

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