Noth­ing to do with case, says Aa­ditya

Shiv Sena leader calls al­le­ga­tions mud-sling­ing, dirty pol­i­tics

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - News - Swap­nil Rawal swap­nil.rawal@hin­dus­tan­ ■

MUM­BAI: Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ter and Shiv Sena leader Aa­ditya Thack­eray on Tues­day lashed out at “dirty pol­i­tics” over ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s death af­ter his name came up in the­o­ries float­ing on­line and indi­rect ref­er­ences to him in spec­u­la­tive news re­ports. The 30-year-old min­is­ter, known to have cor­dial re­la­tions with sev­eral per­son­al­i­ties in the Mum­bai-based Hindi film in­dus­try, dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing he had no con­nec­tion with the ac­tor’s death on June 14.

Thack­eray, in a strongly worded state­ment in Marathi, termed the cam­paign against him “mud­sling­ing” stem­ming from of “frus­tra­tion” of the op­po­si­tion party, a ref­er­ence to the BJP. Thack­eray, in a state­ment that he tweeted, said that he was not even “re­motely” con­nected to the case of the ac­tor, who is sus­pected to have com­mit­ted sui­cide on June 14.

“Those who are pricked by the suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity of the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment have started dirty pol­i­tics over the death of Sushant Singh Ra­jput. Un­nec­es­sary mud­sling­ing is go­ing on me and the Thack­eray fam­ily. This is noth­ing but dirty pol­i­tics arisen out of frus­tra­tion…,” he said in the state­ment.

This is the first time Thack­eray has re­sponded to spec­u­la­tion drag­ging him into the Sushant Singh Ra­jput case.

Over the past few weeks, spec­u­la­tive news re­ports also in­di­rectly men­tioned a “young” politi­cian’s in­volve­ment in the case and said that’s why the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment headed by chief min­is­ter Ud­dhav Thack­eray was not will­ing to hand over the case to the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI).

At least two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs from Mum­bai—Atul Bhatkhalka­r and Ameet Satam—al­leged that the Mum­bai po­lice are act­ing un­der pres­sure to save an in­flu­en­tial young politi­cian. On Au­gust 2, Satam, in a let­ter to Ab­hishek Trimukhe, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Zone 9), asked if ev­ery­body who at­tended the party at Ra­jput’s house, al­legedly held on June 13, were ques­tioned. “Why are the Mum­bai po­lice not col­lect­ing the call data records of all those present at the party?” he asked. Thack­eray called the “pol­i­tics over the dead” an as­sault on hu­man­ity. “I am not even re­motely con­nected to the case. The peo­ple who are lev­el­ling base­less al­le­ga­tions should un­der­stand this.”

Last week, a pho­to­graph of the state en­vi­ron­ment and tourism min­is­ter with an ac­tress went vi­ral. Sev­eral peo­ple claimed that the ac­tor in the pic­ture was Chakrabort­y, but it was ac­tu­ally an­other ac­tress. “The film in­dus­try is an in­te­gral part of Mum­bai. Sev­eral thou­sand liveli­hoods de­pend on this in­dus­try. I have per­sonal re­la­tion­ships with some from the in­dus­try, and it is not a crime,” added Thack­eray in the state­ment.

Anil Parab, Sena min­is­ter and close aide of CM Thack­eray chal­lenged the op­po­si­tion to show proof of Thack­eray’s in­volve­ment. “For the past few days, op­po­si­tion lead­ers are rais­ing the is­sue of some links of the young min­is­ter in this case. Who­ever has ev­i­dence that Aa­ditya Thack­eray is con­nected to the case should come for­ward. This is noth­ing but an at­tempt to ma­lign the im­age of the young leader,”he said.

■ Aa­ditya Thack­eray

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