Taunting Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for retracting his statement on Indira Gandhi, Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) leader Sandeep Deshpande, on Thursday said that the Sena which used to order Dawood Ibrahim is now ordered by Congress. Raut who had earlier alleged that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had met with underwood don Karim Lala, has since then retracted his statement. Sources have stated that NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar had called Raut regarding his remarks.
दाऊद ला दम देण्याऱ्या राऊत ना आज काँग्रेस ने दम दिला— Sandeep Deshpande (@SandeepDadarMNS) January 16, 2020
Facing severe backlash from several top Congress leaders like Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora and Abhishek Singhvi over his controversial remark, Raut retracted saying, "Our friends in Congress need not be offended by this. I have defended Indira Gandhi many times when she was attacked while Congress kept mute. If someone thinks that my statement would dent the stature of Indira Ji or hurt the sentiment of someone, then I retract my statement".
Talking about the past influence of the underworld over Mumbai, Sanjay Raut claimed that the underworld decided who will be the city's commissioner and in the state secretariat. Moreover, he claimed that the entire secretariat would meet don Haji Mastan when he was in town.
"They (underworld) used to decide who will be Mumbai's police commissioner and who will sit in Mantralaya (state secretariat)," Raut said. He added, "When (underworld don) Haji Mastan came to Mantralaya, the entire secretariat would come down to see him. Indira Gandhi used to meet Karim Lala in Pydhonie (in south Mumbai)".
Responding to Raut's claim of rebuking Dawood Ibrahim, Deshpande sarcastically said that he had also met Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attack and have also admonished him. Karim Lala was one of the three top underworld dons of Mumbai for over two decades, from the sixties to the early eighties, the other two being Mastan Mirza alias Haji Mastan and Varadarajan Mudaliar. Incidentally, Shiv Sena which was founded in the 1960s, has held power over Mumbai since 1985.
मी ओसामा बिन लादेन शी बोललो होतो आणि त्याला 9/11 नंतर दम पण दिला होता. आणी हो ज्या महाराष्ट्र सैनिकांनी तुमची गाडी जाळली होती त्यांचा आम्हाला अभिमान आहे .आमच्या"दिलदार राजाकडून "तुम्ही नवी कोरी गाडी देखील घेतली होती #फेकाडासामनेवाला— Sandeep Deshpande (@SandeepDadarMNS) January 16, 2020