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Sanjay Raut Sparks Controversy: Cabinet Meeting Turns into ‘Gang-War’ Over Maratha Quota

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In a shocking revelation, Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Sanjay Raut claimed on Thursday that the Maharashtra cabinet meeting on Wednesday turned into a “gang-war like situation” due to differences over the Maratha quota. Raut alleged that the weak and unstable government has led to ministers being at each other’s throats, with a potential for physical altercations among them.

The spokesperson highlighted the recent verbal spat between state ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Shambhuraj Desai regarding the Maratha reservation issue. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed displeasure over contradictory statements made by his cabinet colleagues and urged caution on the sensitive matter.

Raut went on to say that the society in Maharashtra is now deeply divided along caste lines, a situation the state has never witnessed before. Activist Manoj Jarange-Patil has reportedly set a deadline of December 24 for resolving the Maratha quota issue and has threatened to “choke” Mumbai if the government fails to address the issue seriously.

Ministers from the Eknath Shinde cabinet vehemently refuted Raut’s claims, challenging him to prove the alleged gang-war-like situation. Rural development minister Hasan Mushrif and excise minister Shambhuraj Desai dismissed Raut’s remarks, with Desai calling them “laughable.” Desai even stated that the entire cabinet would resign if Raut could substantiate his claims.

In response, Desai criticized Raut, stating that the four-term MP spreads rumors and lacks a development vision. He added that the chief minister had cautioned all ministers to avoid contradicting each other in the media.

Raut didn’t limit his criticism to internal matters, also taking a swipe at the Election Commission and the Enforcement Directorate. He claimed that the ED becomes active whenever the BJP faces defeat in elections. The political drama in Maharashtra continues to unfold as the state grapples with internal conflicts and external challenges.

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