New poll symbol could bring big revolution for Uddhav-led Sena: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, accused in a money laundering case investigated by the Law Enforcement Directorate, said on Monday that a new election symbol for the faction led by Uddhav Thackeray could bring ” great revolution” in the coming days.

Raut was arraigned before the Special Court for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after his custody expired on Monday. His request for bail is heard by Special Judge MG Deshpande.

Family members and supporters of Raut were present at the court premises when he was brought there. They greeted him and exchanged with him before the court proceedings.

Responding to a question about the Election Commission’s interim order freezing the Shiv Sena’s “bow and arrow” symbol and banning factions led by Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde from using the party name, Raut said: “the new symbol of the Shiv Sena ( Thackeray) could bring a great revolution for the party”.

It is not the first time that a party has faced such a situation where its symbol is frozen, he said.

Even Congress has faced a similar situation in which the symbols of this party have been frozen three times in its long political history. Janata Dal also faced a similar situation, he said.

Raut said the EC may have banned Sena from using the party name for now, but the soul of the party remains.

“It is not easy for the Eknath Shinde camp to easily usurp the name (Shiv Sena) and the symbol of the bow and arrow. The rebel camp might not get it (the symbol of the poll ) so soon,” Raut said, adding that Shinde is the most hated man in Maharashtra right now.

The factions led by Thackeray and Shinde have officially submitted to the EC their choice of three symbols and names each as directed by the voting body.

Thackeray had asked the Commission on Sunday to finalize one of the three symbols – a trident, a burning torch and a rising sun – finalized by his side and a name without delay ahead of the Andheri (East) bypass ballot scheduled for 3 november.

Raut was arrested by the ED on August 1 in a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of Patra ‘chawl’ in Mumbai. He is currently in custody.

The ED investigation relates to alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of the chawl or apartment buildings in Goregaon suburb and related financial dealings allegedly involving his wife and associates.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for ED, made his submissions Monday against Raut’s bail plea in court.

Singh argued that much of the loan received from financial institutions was not used for its intended purpose (redevelopment of the chawl).

“All the tenants of the 672 apartments are suffering because they are away from home,” added the ASG.

Singh will continue his arguments on October 17.

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James V. Hayes