While the battle for the claim to Shiv Sena rages on in the Supreme Court, the Shinde camp is looking for a new Shivsena Bhavan – a party office for the breakaway faction. Many argue that the rebel group is trying to set up a parallel Snea headquarters. In addition to Shivsena Bhavan, they also plan to open new shakhas or local party offices everywhere, sources said.
A location has not yet been determined for the new Bhavan, but they are looking for a site near the existing Shivsena Bhavan in Mumbai’s Dadar, sources said.
Nonsensical speculation about a parallel Sena Bhavan, newly inaugurated Maharashtra minister Uday Samant called it a misconception.
“There is a misconception that parallel Shivsena Bhavan is being made in Dadar. However, we are trying to find a central office so that the CM can meet ordinary people. We respect Shivsena Bhavan and will continue to do so,” he said.
येथे प्रति शिवसेना मा. शिंदे करत आहेत हा गैरसमज पसरवला जात आहे..मा. मुख्यमंत्री महोदयांना सर्वसामान्य जनतेला भेटता याव ह्यासाठी मध्यवर्ती कार्यालय असावे आमचा प्रयत्न आहे..शिवसेना भवन बद्दल आम्हाला कालही आदर होता उद्याही राहील.
— Uday Samant (@samant_uday) August 12, 2022
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has called his faction the “real Shiv Sena” and a follower of Balasaheb Thackeray’s ideology, while accusing the Uddhav Thackeray-led group of deviating from the ideals of party founder Bal Thackeray.
Earlier this week, Mr Shinde, who formed a new government in the state by joining forces with the BJP, expanded his cabinet after mounting criticism of a “two-person government”. The Thackeray faction has claimed that taking a ministerial oath to rebel MLAs, whose pleas for disqualification are pending before the Supreme Court, amounted to “murdering democracy and the constitution”.
Mr Shinde expanded his two-member ministry on Tuesday, 41 days after taking the oath as Chief Minister, by appointing 18 ministers, nine each from his rebel group Shiv Sena and the BJP.
The Thackeray faction is also fighting to keep their election symbol, as the Shinde camp stakes also claim. The Election Commission (EC) has reportedly given the Uddhav Thackeray faction another 15 days to file documents in support of its claim to the party’s election symbol – a “bow and arrow”.
Mr Shinde, along with 39 other Sena lawmakers, had rebelled against the party leadership in June this year, leading to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. The MVA consisted of the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. The Shinde faction said that Mr. Thackeray had…
Eknath Shinde was sworn in as Prime Minister on June 30, along with BJP leader and Deputy Prime Minister Devendra Fadnavis.