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After Congress' attack, Sanjay Raut withdraws remark on Indira Gandhi

After Congress' attack, Sanjay Raut withdraws remark on Indira Gandhi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 Jan 2020, 02:38 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: Facing heat from the Congress, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday withdrew his comment where he said former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi used to meet don Karim Lala, media reports said.

At an event in Pune, Raut said, "There was a time when Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel, Sharad Shetty used to decide who would be Police Commissioner of Mumbai and who would sit in the 'Mantralaya'. Indira Gandhi used to go and meet Karim Lala. We've seen that underworld, now it's just 'chillar'."

After attacks from the Congress, the Sena spokesperson said as quoted by NDTV, "Our friends from Congress need not feel hurt. If someone feels that my statement has hurt the image of Indira Gandhi ji or hurt someone's feelings, I take back my statement." 

Launching an attack on the Sena spokesperson, Congress leader Milind Deora tweeted, "Indira ji was a true patriot who never compromised on India’s national security. As former @INCMumbai President, I demand that @rautsanjay61 ji withdraws his ill-informed statement. Political leaders must show restraint before distorting the legacies of deceased Prime Ministers."

In a full-fledged attack on Raut, Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi tweeted, "#SanjayRaut linking Indira Gandhi with the underworld with a straight face is deplorable. How does he make such comments without doing saamna with the rich history of his own party?"

Earlier Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's reference to Indian Independence activist Veer Savarkar had led to a face-off between the Sena and Congress, which are disparate in their political ideologies but came together to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra along with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Gandhi at a rally had said he won't apologise for his controversial "Rape In India" remark because his name is "Rahul Gandhi" and not "Rahul Savarkar".

Countering the statement, Raut had said no one should disrespect Savarkar.

After Congress' attack, Sanjay Raut withdraws remark on Indira Gandhi

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