A month after asserting a door-to-door marketing campaign in opposition to EVMs, by which social gathering staff would accumulate voters’ signatures in opposition to the usage of EVMs within the Meeting polls, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) appears to have gone silent on the problem.
Social gathering members have denied that its silence has something to do with MNS chief Raj Thackeray being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for over eight hours on August 22. Mr. Thackeray has stated the ED grilling him wouldn’t cease him from talking out in opposition to the federal government.
Mr. Thackeray had introduced the marketing campaign final month and even held a press convention with senior leaders of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Social gathering, Peasants and Employees Social gathering and former MP Raju Shetti, demanding to change to poll paper. The opposition was additionally to carry a joint protest march in Mumbai, which was postponed following floods in western Maharashtra and the pre-poll excursions of political events.
When requested in regards to the marketing campaign, senior MNS chief Anil Shidore stated, “We have not let go of it. Yes, the door-to-door campaign which Mr. Thackeray had originally thought has not been launched yet, but it won’t be appropriate to link this with the ED probe,” he stated.
On Thursday, MNS chief and former MLA Nitin Sardesai was referred to as for questioning by the ED within the ongoing probe into cash laundering costs within the IL&FS case. Mr. Sardesai is Mr. Thackeray’s associate in Matoshri development firm.
Whereas Mr. Shidore blamed floods and the necessity for planning as causes for the delay, sources within the social gathering stated they’re awaiting directions from their chief. “There have been no instructions on how to go forward with the campaign since the probe,” stated one chief from Mumbai. He stated the ED is being utilized by the ruling social gathering to silence the opposition.
Mr Thackeray had additionally stated he would handle social gathering staff in regards to the ED’s questioning, however for the final 12 days there was no communication with social gathering staff.