“Ask For Votes In Your Father’s Name, Not Balasaheb’s”: Angry Uddhav Slams Rebels

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“Those who want to get votes should get in their father’s name, not in the name of Shiv Sena’s father Balasaheb Thackeray.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, amid the political turmoil caused due to rebellion in his own party, said that no one would be allowed to use the name of Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray.

After an executive committee meeting at the Shiv Sena Bhavan in Mumbai on Saturday, Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut, quoting Thackeray, said: “Those who want to get votes should get in their father’s name, not in the name of Shiv Sena’s father Balasaheb Thackeray.”

A flurry of unanimous resolutions were passed during this meeting, which also authorised Thackeray to take decisions vis-a-vis the current political situation. Thackeray may have been authorised to take any possible action against rebel group leader and Thane strongman Eknath Shinde.

In the same meeting, the Shiv Sena passed a resolution to stop Eknath Shinde-led rebel MLAs from using party founder Bal Thackeray’s name.

Shiv Sena, which is battling rebellion, has also reached out to the Election Commission to ensure that Bal Thackeray and the party’s name are not used by any other faction.

“On account of the anti-party activities and conduct of MLAs under Eknath Shinde, which is designed to be detrimental to the interests of the Shiv Sena founded by Balasaheb Thackeray, we suspect that the delinquent MLAs will be trying to create confusion by establishing a new political party by misusing the name of ‘Shiv Sena’ or Balasaheb,” the letter to EC read.

The letter further said, “While we cannot prevent Eknath Shinde and his cohorts from establishing any political party they wish to, however, we strongly object to any such party being created in the name of or using the names Shiv Sena or Balasaheb. We wish to intimate you in advance so that we are put to notice in case any such move is made by any of the defectors of Shiv Sena.”

Incidentally, This resolution gets passed on a day when there were reports that rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde had decided to name their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’.

The party’s national executive has also authorized Uddhav Thackeray to make decisions regarding the organization because of the rebellion by Shinde. Along with Shinde, another disgruntled party leader and former minister Ramdas Kadam are expected to face action. Both of them are members of the national executive. Kadam’s son, MLA Yogesh Kadam, has joined the rebel camp in Guwahati.


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