Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for the first time on Sunday reacted to Ashanti Singh Rajput death mystery. Thackeray said that even his son was maligned in the case, but they are clean.
“Someone who committed suicide is now a Bihar son. He may be, but because of him, you maligned sons of Maharashtra. You even maligned my son Aaditya. So whatever you said, keep it yourself. We are clean,” he said, speaking at the Shiv Sena’s annual Dussehra rally.
This is the first time when the Chief Minister directly addressed the case and conspiracy theories surrounding it, many of which even included his son Aditya.
Without naming Kangana Ranaut, he said “those crying for justice” accused Mumbai Police of being useless. “Mumbai is PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), there are drug addicts everywhere – they are painting such picture,” he said.
“They don’t know in our house we grow tulsi not ganja. Ganja fields are in your state, you know where, not in our Maharashtra,” he said, in a pointed attack on Ms Ranaut who comes from Himachal Pradesh and has constantly attacked the state government.
Thackeray also resorted to defending Mumbai police, whose investigation into the case was questioned many times throughout last few months. “I’m proud of my Mumbai Police. The police who caught a terrorist alive – the only police. I’m proud of the police,” he said, in reference to the capture and trial of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab.