Balasaheb Brand Fight in Maharashtra

The fall of the veil of the ‘Mahabharata’ episode in Maharashtra is still a long way off. On the contrary, the clash between Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde is intensifying. The two sides are fighting for a political existence by ‘reviving’ the political brand of the late founder of Shiv Sena, Balasaheb Thackeray. On the one hand, the rebel Eknath Shinde is going to demand recognition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly as a separate political party called Shiv Sena (Balasaheb). On the other hand, Uddhav is saying that there is no question of leaving the seat. The fight will continue till the end. 

Uddhav has passed several resolutions at a meeting of the National Working Committee to ensure that no group outside the Shiv Sena can use Balasaheb’s name. In addition, the Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra has given 16 rebels time to send written replies by 5.30 pm on Monday, sending notices of dismissal of their MLA posts. At the same time, Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirawal has rejected the no-confidence motion signed by 34 rebels of Shinde group against him. This application has no value, his office sources said. Because no MLA has submitted it directly. It was sent from an anonymous email. Sources said the no-confidence motion was later sent to the deputy speaker’s office on behalf of the rebels.

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Above all, there is violence on the streets of Maharashtra. Thackeray’s supporters vandalized the offices of rebel legislators in Pune and Mumbai. There was attack in the office of Pune’s rebellious MLA Tanaji Sawant who is in a hotel in Guwahati. Section 144 has been issued in Mumbai till July 10. This morning, Sanjay Raut, a close associate of Thackeray, was seen instigating the angry supporters of Thackeray on streets. Yesterday, he said in a defiant tone, ‘It will be not good for the rebel legislators if they come from Guwahati to Mumbai!’ Continuing that stern tone, he said today, “What you are seeing today (vandalism) is just a trailer. The real picture is still left!” His comment, “Balasaheb used to say, there should always be fire in the army. It should not be reduced to ashes. To keep that fire burning you have to pour whatever you can!”

Words from Spokesperson 

“We will not join any other party,” said Deepak Kesarkar, spokespersons of rebellious MLAs in Guwahati. In Kesarkar’s words, “We have two options – either to support the NCP or the BJP. Eknath Shinde will make the final decision.” According to sources, Shinde reached Baroda in Gujarat last night. There he met former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and returned to Guwahati in the morning. 

On Thursday, Shinde claimed that the group he led was the “Real Shiv Sena”. Today, some political observers see his group’s move as a message to form a new party. According to the political camps, no matter how much he gives emotional speeches or cries in front of the camera, Uddhav Thackeray understands that the numbers are leaving him.