Tue, 05 Jul 2022 07:10 PM IST
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who gave up the top post after a mutiny by his own party leaders, on Tuesday said that he was hurt to see some members of the Shiv Sena ditching the party despite getting benefits. However, the 61-year-old leader further asserted that he will continue his fight and will reinvigorate the party.
Thackeray also said that will visit Hingoli in Marathwada soon. His visit might be considered as damage control after local Sena MLA, Santosh Bangar, crossed over to the Eknath Shinde faction just ahead of the floor test on Monday. Interestingly, Bangar, the MLA from Kalamnuri in the Hingoli district, was recently seen weeping asking rebels to return to the Sena fold in videos during the earlier days of the revolt.
After Bangar joined the Shinde camp and voted in favour of the trust vote in the Assembly on Monday, a meeting of district Shiv Sena leaders was held at the government guest house in Hingoli on Tuesday where Uddhav Thackeray spoke to party workers over the phone and told them that he would visit Hingoli soon.
Thackeray told Sena workers that it was painful to see that those (MLAs and ministers) who won due to Sena workers and got everything (positions in the party) have left him. "But those who didn't get anything are with me. I shall fight and reinvigorate Sena. I will come to (Hingoli) soon to meet you," Thackeray told Shiv Sena workers in the meeting, a video of which has gone viral.
Shiv Sena leader Ramesh Shinde, who also attended the meet, said that the party workers were shocked to see Bangar joining the Eknath Shinde group at the last moment. "Shiv Sena is intact. The Sena workers who were informed about the meeting attended it," he said.
One video had shown Bangar sobbing and saying that the environment in the state had turned bad and all dissidents with Shinde must return to the party fold as Uddhav Thackeray would surely forgive them. He had also hailed the Sena as followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Bal Thackeray and said it was the duty of everyone to keep the saffron flag of Hindutva flying high without any taint.
Shinde on Monday won the crucial floor test in the state Assembly on the last day of the two-day special session of the House. In the 288-member House, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 99 voted against it. With Bangar's crossover, the tally of Sena legislators in the Shinde camp went up to 40.
(With Agency Inputs)