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‘They can use their father’s name but not Balasaheb’s’ — Sena passes 6 resolutions at crucial meet

At its national executive meeting, party authorises its president & Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to act against rebel MLAs, asserts that no other outfit can use Sena founder’s name.

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Mumbai: At an all-important national executive meeting of the Shiv Sena held in Mumbai Saturday, the party passed six resolutions, one of which authorised its president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the MLAs rebelling against his government, ThePrint has learnt.

Another proposal that was passed asserted that nobody can use the name of Sena founder Bal Thackeray to form any party or group.

The meeting took place at a time when a majority of the Sena’s 55 MLAs, led by state Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, are camping in BJP-ruled Assam. Media reports claim that the Shinde-led faction plans to call itself the ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’. 

“Shiv Sena will take forward Bal Thackeray’s legacy and work to keep the Marathi pride intact,” senior Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut told reporters outside Shiv Sena Bhawan, where the meeting was held.

“What I feel is important is that Uddhav Thackeray also mentioned that if anyone wants to name their party they can use their own father’s name but not of Bal Thackeray,” he added.

Raut further said that by evening, the party will decide on what action will be taken against the rebel MLAs: “Who will remain a minister, who will remain in the party, you will come to know by evening.”

Earlier in the day, deputy Speaker in state assembly Narhari Zirwal issued notices to 16 rebel Sena MLAs, asking them to prepare a written reply by 5.30 pm on 27 June. Eknath Shinde, Bharat Gogawale, Abdul Sattar, Yamini Jadhav, Sanjay Shirsat, Sandipan Bhumare and Tanaji Sawant are among the MLAs issued notices. 

The Shiv Sena had Friday sent the names of 16 rebel MLAs to Zirwal, seeking their disqualification. 

Amid all the political turmoil, the Mumbai Police imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the city Saturday, while the district collector of Thane — Shinde’s stronghold — too issued prohibitory orders, fearing a law and order situation. In the last couple of days, Shiv Sainiks have held several protests in support of Uddhav across the state. They reportedly also vandalised offices of two rebel MLAs. 

Also Read: ‘Subah ka bhula…’ — Original Shiv Sena rebel Chhagan Bhujbal has a message for Eknath Shinde

What the six proposals say

The first of the six proposals — which ThePrint has accessed — states that Uddhav will remain Shiv Sena president and has the right to take all the party’s decisions in the current scenario.

The second proposal pertained to appreciation of Uddhav Thackeray’s work as chief minister.

The third stated that the Shiv Sena would fight the upcoming local body polls tooth and nail. The fourth said that the party would work under the leadership of Uddhav and his son, state minister Aaditya Thackeray, for Mumbai’s development.

The fifth and sixth proposals stated that the Sena would remain a party of Bal Thackeray and all rights to take action against the rebels remain with party president Uddhav.

Show of strength in Shinde stronghold

Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde’s supporters gathered right outside his residence in Thane for a show of strength. The minister’s son and Lok Sabha MP Shrikant Shinde, whose office too was vandalised earlier in the day, addressed the gathering. 

“People had hopes that Shiv Sena CM will do their work, he will show them acche din (good days). But they were disappointed as no work happened. Uddhavji has sent us on Shivsampark Abhiyan to see the situation in the state. MLAs told me that they don’t get funds, NCP guardian ministers are dominant here,” he told his father’s supporters. 

“Don’t try to instigate us. They are threatening us that they won’t allow those MLAs to roam in Mumbai. Is this a Mughal Empire?” he asked.

(Edited by Gitanjali Das)

Also Read: Deputy CM’s chair, 9 portfolios — what BJP has offered Eknath Shinde if ‘rebellion succeeds’


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