Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Around 26 Shiv Sena corporators and 300 party workers resigned from the party on Thursday citing their ‘unhappiness’ over the seat distribution for the upcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra.

The corporators and the workers have submitted their resignations to party chief Uddhav Thackeray. According to reports, all the corporators and the workers are from the Kalyan area. 

The local Shiv Sena workers were reportedly upset after they were asked to support BJP’s Ganpat Gaikwad for the upcoming Assembly elections. The Shiv Sena workers wanted to contest on this seat but it was given to the BJP. On Tuesday, senior Shiv Sena leaders had convened a meeting and directed workers to support Gaikwad.

“We all have decided to Borade as Gaikwad, during his tenure as MLA in the last ten years, has not anything. We decided to tender resignation after being pressurised by the top party leaders,” Times of India quoted Prashant Kale, head of Shiv Sena’s Kalyan (East) assembly area as saying.

Meanwhile, Gaikwad called the mass resignation a ‘political stunt’ by the Shiv Sena and said that they are trying to pressurise their party to help Borade.

“It is a political stunt by the Shiv Sena because if they really wanted to resign, they would have submitted it to Municipal Commissioner instead of the party president. They are only trying to pressurise their party to help Borade which is against the alliance,” TOI quoted Gaikwad as saying.

The Elections in Maharashtra will be held on October 21 -- along with Haryana -- while the counting of votes will be done on October 24. The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the elections together and as per the seat-sharing deal, the BJP will contest 150 seats in the 288-member Assembly while the Shiv Sena will contest on 124 seats and the smaller allies will fight on the remaining 14 seats.

In 2014, the BJP had won 122 and the Sena 63 seats. The parties had ended their alliance before the polls only to get back together after the delivered a split verdict.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma