If the ruling Shiv Sena loses its grip among the Marathi people in the state in coming days, it would certainly because of the stubborn behaviour and “obnoxious” posture of its leader, Sanjay Raut. The way Rajya Sabha member, Raut handled the case of Sushant Singh Rajput as the party spokesman and attacked those who defended the Rajput family, it displayed his desperation to “protect” the lobby, who was behind the mysterious death or suicide of the Bollywood actor.
Raut was exposed when he attacked the actress, Kangana Ranaut, who questioned the role of Mumbai police on the inquiry of the case and insisted for a CBI probe, along with other prominent personalities. An enraged Sena leader urged the Maharashtra government to take action against people defaming the Mumbai police, including Ranaut. Is criticising police on a particular issue a crime? Raut should explain it.
The Saamana executive editor had purportedly said that Kangana, who is now in Himachal Pradesh, her home state, should not come back to Mumbai if she was afraid of the city police. Raut on Friday said Mumbai police had protected the city from all obstacles by sacrificing their lives. “Mumbai is a part of Maharashtra because of the sacrifice of 106 martyrs. If people who have nothing to do with the city malign it and its police, the state government and the home minister, who is in charge of the police force, should take action, or else the morale of the police will take a beating,” he thundered.
Surprisingly, Raut was endorsed by the Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh. He said that the Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has no right to stay in Mumbai if she feels unsafe. How can a minister and a senior ruling party functionary attack a lady just for her statement against the role of Mumbai police on a particular case? There were several such instances in Maharashtra when ruling party functionaries and even the Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray had criticised Mumbai police on different occasions for “deteriorating law and order” issue and other matters.
The statements of Raut and Deshmukh against Ranaut are highly objectionable and against the culture of Maharashtra that never attacked any lady in such a low level! However, Ranaut reiterated her comments against the Maharashtra government and the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress coalition. “I see many people are threatening me to not come back to Mumbai so I have now decided to travel to Mumbai this coming week on 9th September, I will post the time when I land at the Mumbai airport, kisi ke baap mein himmat hai toh rok le (Stop me if you dare),” she tweeted. She had said, “Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai, after Aazadi graffitis in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir?”
In such a situation when a well-known actress is getting threat from senior political functionaries and ruling party leaders, the National Women Commission should take a note and provide adequate safety and security to the Bollywood actress. These politicians should also know that “Mumbai is not the property of anyone’s father.”