"It was farewell for Rahul Gandhi as well (and) not just (for) the Prime Minister," Raut said when asked about the Congress scion not attending the dinner which was hosted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi last night.
In a dig, the Shiv Sena spokesperson said that Rahul Gandhi mostly lives abroad and comes to India for holidays.
"After May 16, he will have to go again," Raut said citing exit polls that have predicted a rout for Congress and victory for BJP.
Rahul, who spearheaded the Congress' election campaign in just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, was conspicuous by his absence at the function, raising eyebrows in political circles.
According to reports, Rahul has probably gone abroad to take a break after a long period of campaigning and may return before counting of votes tomorrow.
When asked about Shiv Sena's role in the next government if NDA comes to power, Raut said all decisions will be taken after results are out.