In an editorial on Monday, Saamna said the BJP was all set to malign the MVA by levelling spurious allegations, and that Singh was the Opposition’s latest “pawn”. The final aim of the Opposition is to clear the decks for President’s rule by creating an impression that the law and order machinery has failed in the state. New pawns are being created (to achieve the aim). It is clear that Singh is being used in a similar manner, said Saamna.
The MVA faces unprecedented political turmoil in the wake of Singh’s recent letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray accusing home minister Anil Deshmukh of asking Sachin Vaze, the controversial assistant police inspector who is allegedly involved in the Ambani security scare case and the death of Thane entrepreneur Mansukh Hiran, of raising Rs 100 crore every month from the city’s bars and restaurants.
A senior NCP politician, Deshmukh has since contested Singh’s charge.
Stating that there could be a link between Singh’s letter bomb and the BJP’s gameplan to destabilise the MVA government, Saamna said, “The BJP was clamouring for Singh’s resignation in the wake of the Sachin Vaze row. Today, Singh has become the BJP’s darling. Till yesterday, the BJP thought Singh was not trustworthy. Today, they are chairing him on their shoulders and dancing their way to glory.”
Saamna, which had praised Singh only last week for taking over the reins of the Mumbai police force during the “difficult times” of Covid-19, rapped the former CP for sending a letter to Thackeray hurling sensational charges at Deshmukh.
“It doesn’t behove a senior police official to level allegations against the home minister and post it to the media…It is not within the rules for a police official to put the government in the dock…Singh ought to have exercised restraint,” said Saamna and, in the same breath, patted him for shouldering as CP several responsibilities to the best of his ability.
Describing him as a hands-on officer, Saamna said he handled the Sushant Singh Rajput case and the Kangana Ranaut row well.
Meanwhile, on the demand to impose President’s rule in the state, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Instead, the Centre should be dismissed because this is an encroachment on the rights of the state through its agencies.”