Ahead of BMC Polls, Shiv Sena expels 26 rebel candidates

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-10

Few days back when Shiv Sena declared its list of candidates for the upcoming civic polls, party faced a lot heat from rebels within the party. Shiv Sena has removed 26 of party workers, including one corporator, two former corporators and vibhag pramukhs (Divisional heads) for doing anti-party activities.
These rebels were removed from party for provoking citizens to vote against Shiv Sena, this removal of 26 party workers was done after, Shiv Sena Cheif Uddhav Thackeray gave a green signal. Those removed from the party are also some prominent leaders like former leader Dashrath Shirke, former corporator Shubhangi Shirke, former zonal head Sudhir More (Ghatkopar), shakha pramukh  Mahesh Sawant (Prabhadevi), sitting corporator Manju Kumare from Anushakti Nagar, and former corporators Mohan Lokegaonkar from Santacruz and Shubhangi Shirke from Ghatkopar (West).
Acording to Lokmat, Mahesh Sawant who is a prominent leader from Prabhadevi rebelled against party candidate Samadhan Sarvankar who is contesting from Ward 194. Samadhan is the son of zonal head, and, local legislator Sada Sarvankar. Sawant who was very keen of contesting elections, started rebelling against the party when Samadhan got the ticket. Many party leaders tried to request Sawant for withdrawing his candidature but it failed. Sudhir More’s, sister-in-law has filed her candidature aginst party candidate Bharati Bavdhane from Ward 123 in Ghatkopar. Shubhangi Shirke has filed her nomidation from Ward 128, against party candidate Ashwini Hande.

After Shiv Sena declared its candidates list many rebels from within the party, filed their nominations against party candidates. Uddhav Thackeray had told his leaders to pacify these rebels, but even after offering the rebels senior leadership in the party they didn’t withdraw their nominations. Which led to expulsion of these 26 party members.