In Lok Sabha elections 2019, if there was one leader who took India by storm, it was MNS President Raj Thackeray. The born orator’s “Lav Re Toh Video” would go viral in a jiffy with each of his Sabha.
RAJ THACKERAY’S ‘LAV RE TOH VIDEO’ A BIG HIT DURING LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019
Raj Thackeray held 10 election rallies during Lok Sabha polls though his party was not even contesting elections. His fiery speeches became a talk of the town and his ‘lav re to video’ (Play That Video) campaign kicked up a political storm.
Soon after each sabha, Raj Thackeray’s video expose against the BJP went viral on social media. No matter where you looked online, Raj Thackeray was the center of all media attention. He was so much in demand that states of Uttar Pradesh and others were appealing to him to hold Sabhas in their constituencies albeit in Hindi language, which Raj Thackeray politely refused. It’s another story that the craze for Raj Thackeray back then did not translate into votes as BJP came back for Modi 2.0 in a stunning victory.
CM DEVENDRA FADNAVIS HAD CALLED RAJ THACKERAY “BARAMATI POPAT”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacted sharply to the speeches by Raj Thackeray. He said Thackeray was a Baramati parrot who has been exposed by the BJP.
RAJ THACKERAY’S ANTI-MODI CRUSADE CONTINUED
The outcome did not deter Raj Thackeray who continued to be the single force uniting all opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Soon after the Lok Sabha results were announced, Raj Thackeray said that there was some foul play in EVM machines and launched a campaign demanding ballot voting be used for Maharashtra assembly polls. Ahead of launching his campaign against EVMs, Raj Thackeray met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee. This was followed by a press conference called in Mumbai, where Raj Thackeray was seen leading Congress and NCP along with Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna & the Peasants and Workers Party against the use of EVM’s.
The planned protest against EVMs scheduled for August 21 was called off as ED abruptly summoned Raj Thackeray for an enquiry on August 22.
THE ED ENQUIRY THAT CHANGED THE MNS GAMEPLAN
The EVM protest campaign coincided with reports of the ED’s enquiry against Raj Thackeray over alleged irregularities regarding Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) loan in Kohinoor CTNL. Until, the ED summons had not reached him, Raj Thackeray said he was unaware of the same. BYTE 03:57 to 04:13 IN https://youtu.be/uxw753se8mc
The ED summons in connection with financial transactions related to Matoshree construction, a company of which Thackeray was once a co-owner of. The summons did reach Raj Thackeray later and on August 22 Thackeray reached the ED office in Mumbai. The MNS chief was questioned by senior ED officials for over 9 hours till 8.20 pm after which he was allowed to go. It is not yet clear if ED will again call Thackery for questioning. Kohinoor CTNL was set up by Unmesh Joshi, the son of Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and Raj Thackeray who jointly bid for the NTC’s Kohinoor Mill, buying the 4.8-acre property for Rs 421 crore. At the time, Thackeray was still part of the Shiv Sena. He broke away in 2006 and formed the MNS. Thackeray exited Matoshree Construction in 2008.
TIMING OF ED SUMMONS QUESTIONED
The timing of ED summons to Raj Thackeray has already raised many eyebrows as it came at a time when he had united the entire Opposition in Maharashtra for a protest against EVM. Congress and NCP have openly backed Thackeray and termed the ED notice to him as “politics of revenge” by BJP. The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis however refuted all allegations.
The glaring outcome of the ED enquiry however remains that Raj Thackeray has not been seen publicly anywhere and his mysterious silence has led to speculations that MNS might not even contest assembly polls. More so as the only official statement that has come on MNS stand has been from NCP President Sharad Pawar who said he has advised MSN President Raj Thackeray to contest assembly polls. As the state goes into code of conduct mode, time is running out for MNS and so is patience of MNS leaders and party workers.
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