After Saturday’s meeting, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Ask for votes in Balasahab’s name, not in your father’s name.” Neither party contacts the Sena and the Shiv Sena Election Commission against the use of the name of Balasaheb Thackeray.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that no one should use the name of Balasaheb Thackeray after the rebel group led by Eknath Shinde announced that their group would be named ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’. “Some people are asking me to say something. But they (rebel lawmakers) can do whatever they want. I have already said that I will not interfere with them. They can make their own decisions. The National Executive of the party, which met at the meeting, approved the decision not to allow any group to use the names ‘Shiv Sena’ and ‘Balasaheb Thackeray’.
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The rebel army MLA Deepak Kesarkar announced the decision to name the Shiv Sena Balasaheb as the Shiv Sena of Eknath Shinde, claiming to be true followers of Balasaheb. He said the split would not merge with any party, but dismissed speculation that the BJP would join the party.
“If they want to hear a vote, they should demand it in the name of their father,” Uddhav Ji said.
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Though Uddhav was supposed to preside over the meeting by Matoshree, he reached the party headquarters in Dadar on Saturday for the meeting.
The political crisis in Maharashtra has witnessed a number of twists and turns, with the army taking a hard fight to rebel against the multi-pronged collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state.
Over the past two days, Thackeray has had several conversations with his party workers and made clear his and his party’s stand. In his conversation, he revealed that he suspected this uprising and had spoken to Eknath Shinde, who claimed that many Shiv Sena lawmakers were willing to go with the BJP. Uddhav said that such a question does not arise, but in an affair with the BJP.
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