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Shiv Sena’s firebrand leader Sanjay Raut turns 58

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MUMBAI:

Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who recently underwent angioplasty at Lilavati Hospital, turned 58 on Friday.

Born on November 9 of 1961, Raut is also the Executive Editor of Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
On the occasion, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) unitedly wished him.

Taking the lead, State Congress President Balasaheb Thorat greeted Raut warmly and expressed his best wishes to the Sena MP, even as the three parties hoped to form the next government in the state.

Former State Congress President and ex-Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, “My heartiest wishes to our friend Sanjay on his birthday and hope that all his wishes and desires are fulfilled. I pray to God to give him happiness, success, good health and long life.”

Senior Congress leader Nana Patole expressed his “best wishes to my old friend Raut on his birthday,” while former State party chief Manikrao Thakare also conveyed similar sentiments.

Going a step further, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad personally called on Raut and offered him a large bouquet and a warm hug, saying a golden period has begun for “the bold fighter and a committed Shiv Sainik (Sanjay Raut)”.
Earlier this week, prominent Congress and NCP leaders, including Thorat, Chavan, Thakare, Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule and Chhagan Bhujbal called on Raut at the Lilavati Hospital, where he underwent an angioplasty late on Monday night.

Though former BJP minister Ashish Shelar also called on Raut at the hospital, it was not known if any leader from Sena’s erstwhile ally BJP, greeted Raut.

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