SHIV Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who is under the Enforcement Directorate’s scanner for alleged money laundering, has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealing to him to reconcile with the BJP “before it is too late”. In the letter dated June 10, Sarnaik said even though the alliance with the BJP has broken, personal and harmonious relations between leaders of the ‘yuti’ (Shiv Sena-BJP) remain.
“It is better to reconcile before it is too late,” the MLA said in the letter. In November last year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided premises linked to Sarnaik. Noting that Municipal Corporation polls are due soon in several Maharashtra cities, including Mumbai, Sarnaik in his letter to the Chief Minister said, “I believe fighting a war like Arjun, instead of sacrificing oneself like Abhimanyu or Karna. This is the reason that I have been fighting my legal battle for the last 7 months alone without getting any help from our leaders.” Sarnaik also alleged that the Congress and NCP were creating divisions in the Shiv Sena ranks. “It is better to join hands with PM Modi again as Shiv Sainiks feel that would save the Sena leaders like me, Anil Parab and Ravindra Waikar from problems,” he said.