Sanjay Raut, a fiery spokesman, a vocal opponent of estranged ally BJP, and a journalist turned politician, will create a record by being nominated for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha for the fourth time in a row by the Shiv Sena. Raut's third term as a Rajya Sabha member expires in July, and he will file his nominations at the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on May 26. The voting will take place on June 10th.
Raut's nomination has been approved by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has praised Raut for being forthright and aggressively projecting the party's position in the face of BJP claims. Raut's victory is only a formality, given the Shiv Sena has 55 lawmakers, compared to the needed quota of 41.01. Shiv Sena
will run for the second seat, relying on its excess votes as well as votes transferred from the government allies NCP and Shiv Sena. If he joins the Shiv Sena, Thackeray plans to run for Shiv Sainik or may consider running for Chhatrapati Sambhaji.
Raut has been in the news for a scathing attack on the BJP, particularly the use of central inquiry agencies against Maha Vikas Aghadi officials in an attempt to undermine Maharashtra. He also smelled the BJP's claimed plot to split Mumbai from Maharashtra, stating that a presentation to the central leadership had already been made. He has threatened to expose 28 BJP leaders' financial misdeeds.
On the Azaan-Hanuman Chalisa controversy, Raut attacked the BJP a day after the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit government employee, claiming that reciting Hanuman Chalisa or turning off loudspeakers would not address the Valley's "climate of instability."
The Shiv Sena has stated that it will not allow the BJP
to return to power in Maharashtra in 2024, according to Raut. "No one is scared of the BJP. By creating bogus claims and mudslinging, the BJP is attempting to demoralise MLAs, MPs, and MVA leaders. "Don't be worried, I will not allow the BJP to return to power in Maharashtra again," Sharad Pawar remarked, "is not only the NCP's but also MVA's position."