He also took a dig at Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and said that the central agencies should not involve themselves in toppling governments of states.
Raut’s statements came on the backdrop of the ED attaching properties worth over Rs 65 crore of a sugar mill linked to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in a bank scam case.
The Opposition has also been demanding a CBI inquiry against Ajit Pawar and state transport minister Anil Parab in money laundering allegations by former Mumbai cop Sachin Waze.
“Threats are being issued that more such actions will be seen. This kind of politics is not good. Lakhs of livelihood are dependent on sugar mills. The use of ED and CBI are attacks from behind. One has to fight face-to-face. ED and CBI should not involve themselves in toppling of governments,” Raut said.
Addressing the rumours of a rift in the three-party government (Shiv Sena – NCP – Congress), Raut said that the leaders of all the parties share a cordial relation and that there was no threat to the MVA government.
“Everyone knows about the controversy investigated by ED and CBI. If anyone thinks this can break the Maharashtra government, they are wrong. Even if the Army is deployed, nothing will change,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ajit Pawar shared that earlier too, central agencies had conducted investigations into sugar mill issue, but nothing came out of it.
“I will surely appeal wherever it is required because many workers’ bread and butter is completely based on the sugar mill. I will be taking advocates’ advice and do whatever is needed,” he told reporters.