Congress Tries To Put Full Stop To Indira-Karim Lala Talk After Raut Retracts; Warns Him


Balasaheb Thorat, on Thursday, warned the Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut & asked him to avoid making any controversial comments about Congress party in the future.

Written By Rishabh Mishra | Mumbai | Updated On:

The President of Maharashtra Congress and the Revenue Minister of the state, Balasaheb Thorat, warned Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday and asked him to avoid making any controversial comments about the Congress party in the future.

This comes after Sanjay Raut made remarks on late PM Indira Gandhi alleging connections with the underworld. Thorat, while condemning the comments made by Raut, praised her contribution to the development of the country. This came just after Sanjay Raut withdrew his comments.

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Sanjay Raut Retracts His Remarks On Indira Gandhi

After facing backlash from Maharashtra coalition partner Congress, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut retracted his statement where he claimed that former PM Indira Gandhi had links with underworld dons of Mumbai - specifically that she'd meet Haji Mastan and Karim Lala. The outspoken Sena leader came under fire from Congress leaders like Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora and Abhishek Singhvi over his controversial remark made on Wednesday. The Sena, NCP and Congress have allied as the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition to govern Maharashtra.

"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," Raut told reporters in Mumbai.

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What remark did Raut make?

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 and Indira Gandhi used to meet Karim Lala in south Mumbai

"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)".

Following this, an image of Indira Gandhi with Karim Lala has also been accessed.

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