Sena now targets ex-DGP Pandey

Shiv Sena - Gupteshwar Pandey

After seeking apology from politicians, media and certain individuals in the wake of AIIMS report on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, now the ruling Shiv Sena decided to field a candidate to take on former Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey in the upcoming Bihar assembly election. Political observers feel that the move is to divert the on-going “drug issue” in Bollywood.

It was alleged that that there are lot of film personalities, who are being dragged in the “drug racket” have close proximity with the ruling politicians. Perturbed over the developments, now the Sena is searching new weapons to target its opponents and divert the “burning” issue of Bollywood. Even though the party knows that its candidate would not be able to save his deposit in the elections if party nominee contests against Pandey.

The Maharashtra government and its principal ally, Shiv Sena has taken an aggressive stand since a panel of doctors with the AIIMS on October 5 said that actor Sushant Singh died by suicide on June 14, ruling out murder. The ruling Sena in Maharashtra alleges that the opposition had hatched a conspiracy to malign the Uddhav Thackeray government as well as the Mumbai police.

The former DGP of Bihar, Pandey had raised questions over Mumbai Police’s probe into Bollywood actor’s death and later joined the ruling Janata Dal (United) after taking VRS from the service. As he had questioned Mumbai police, obviously he is now the latest target of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra.

The Sena leader Anil Desai alleged that Pandey used Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case for political advantage. “Now he has joined JD (U) and is going to contest from Buxar. Our simple Shiv Sainik who will contest against him will give him a tough fight,” he said. Pandey is expected to contest the elections on a JD (U) ticket. Desai further said that the party has begun its preparations for the Bihar assembly elections after getting a nod from party chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena is likely to contest around 30-40 assembly seats in Bihar that go to the polls in three phases from October 28.

It’s very obvious that the Sena has a reason to rejoice as the AIIMS report has come as a solace for the party. After Sushant’s death, a campaign was run on social media to try and link an influential minister with the death. Social media and even mainstream media alleged that the Mumbai police may have been working under the state government’s pressure to dilute the investigation. The Sena is now planning to run a counter campaign, emphasising that dragging the influential minister’s name into the case was politically motivated. And hence the new “gimmicks” to field a candidate against Pandey.

However, one thing was probably forgotten by the Sena that the investigation in Sushant case, though, is not over. Even the CBI official said that the agency would continue to probe various angles, including abetment to suicide. All aspects are still open for the central agency and if any evidence comes to light proving otherwise, the investigation will steer towards that direction. And hence there is no need to react hastily.

 – M Charulata