“Shiv Sena poll symbol should go to faction led by CM Eknath Shinde”: Ramdas Athawale


Union Minister and leader of the Republican Party of India (A) Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday said the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde was the ‘original’ Shiv Sena and hoped that would succeed in obtaining the party poll symbol “bow and arrow”. .

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ramdas Athawale said, “As many as 40 of the 55 Shiv Sena MPs are with Eknath Shinde, and the Shiv Sena poll symbol ‘bow and arrow’ should go to the Shinde faction. I am sure he will make it claim the symbol because he has more than two-thirds of the deputies with him.”

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Athawale also said that the Shinde-Fadnavis will successfully lead the government of Maharashtra for the remaining 2.5 years and thereafter the alliance between Shinde and the BJP will win up to 200 seats in the next assembly. election in the state.

“Court & EC will give original Shiv Sena status to Shinde”: Athawale

Furthermore, Athawale said that although the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the matter, he believes the faction with the most MPs can be officially recognized as the Shiv Sena. “I think the court and the election commission will grant the Shinde faction the status of the original Shiv Sena because it has such a large number of deputies with it,” he told reporters.

On reports that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar was involved in disbanding the party led by Uddhav Thackeray, Athawale dismissed the allegation and said the rebellion had its roots in internal discontent to Shiv Sena.

It is pertinent to mention that last month the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), led by Uddhav Thackeray, fell due to the revolt of Eknath Shinde along with 39 Shiv Sena MPs. On June 30, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister, with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis serving as his deputy.

CM Shinde says ‘many Shiv Sena leaders are in contact’

Earlier while speaking to the media, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde claimed that many leaders of Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena faction were in touch with him. He was reacting to speculation that 12 of the 18 Sena Lok Sabha MPs are set to join his side. Notably, forty of the 55 Shiv Sena MPs support the government which has the support of 106 BJP MPs, MPs from smaller parties and independents. Two Sena MPs – Bhawana Gawli and Shrikant Shinde – are on his side.

On Sena MPs joining his camp, Eknath Shinde pointed out, “I don’t know yet. But many people, I won’t say thousands, including office workers, workers and public officials are in contact with us.” Further adding, he said people have confidence in the state government due to its stance on Balasaheb ideology and BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.

(Entrance with PTI)

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