Fadnavis, Shah tried to work for Gadkari’s defeat in LS polls, claims Sanjay Raut; BJP hits back | India News

NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union minister Amit Shah, and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis actively worked to ensure the defeat of Nitin Gadkari in the Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency.
In a recent article published in the Shiv Sena (UBT) mouthpiece “Saamna,” Raut claimed that Fadnavis reluctantly participated in Gadkari’s campaign only after realizing that the Union minister’s victory was inevitable.
“Modi, Shah and Fadnavis worked for Gadkari’s defeat in Nagpur. Fadnavis unwillingly joined the campaign for Gadkari when he realised he couldn’t be defeated. The RSS people in Nagpur are openly saying Fadnavis helped the opposition to get Gadkari defeated,” Sanjay Raut said.
The Sena (UBT) leader also accused chief minister Eknath Shinde of distributing substantial amounts of money in every constituency and utilizing his machinery to undermine candidates from the Ajit Pawar-led NCP.
Raut’s article also took a jibe at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting that he would be replaced if the Modi-Shah government secures another term following the Lok Sabha elections.
The Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections were conducted across five phases from April 19 to May 20, covering all 48 seats in the state.
In response to Raut’s claims, state BJP chief Chandrasekhar Bawankule vehemently dismissed the allegations, labeling Raut as “delusional.” Bawankule emphasized the BJP’s unity, stating, “The BJP is not a party but a family. People who have always played politics of factionalism will never understand family bonds. Modi, Shah, Yogi Adityanath, Gadkari and Fadnavis are part of the BJP’s family. We always work on the principle of nation first, then party and last self.”
He further challenged Raut to write about his own alleged attempts to become the chief minister in 2019 when the undivided Shiv Sena formed an alliance with the NCP and Congress.

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