Shiv Sena leaders divided over pull-out from government

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-09

Tremors have been felt in political circles after the news published by The Free Press Journal (FPJ) on Wednesday that the Shiv Sena may pull out from the Bharatiya Janata Party -led state government before the Brihanmumbai Municipal (BMC) elections. However, the Sena cadre seem to be divided over this issue. According to party insider, Vibhag Pramukh (area in charge) and legislators urged the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to pull out support right away. On the other hand, a section suggested waiting till the party mayor takes charge. Meanwhile, the Sena claimed the BJP government was not allowing road show of Aditya Thackeray.
The day was politically busy at Matoshree, the residence of Thackeray where a meeting of ministers and party cadre was held in the presence of their party chief. Sources close to Thackeray said, “Ministers suggested that the Sena should wield more pressure in a systematic manner over Devendra Fadnavis and the state government instead of quitting from the state government.”
The source claimed, the Home department portfolio is with Fadnavis and the Sainiks felt angered that Fadnavis was misusing his powers by disallowing a road show for Aditya Thackeray, the chief of Yuva Sena. “We tried to organise a road show for Aditya on February 17 and 18. But the police denied us the permissions. The police department is under pressure from Fadnavis and we are convinced he is behind it,” the source claimed. He added that they had a similar experience in the case of Hardik Patel’s rallies on Tuesday which were disallowed by the police at the eleventh hour.
“We need our ministers to be in power at least till the BMC elections are over.  They can call the police at least to bail out the Sainiks under possible detention during elections. We suspect this government will go to any extent,” the source said.

One of the Vibhag Pramukhs said, “We are against being in the government with the BJP, which is misusing its power and alleging that the Sena chief is mafia. We believe if the Sena will pull out support of BJP government, the Shivsaniks will work more aggressively and the Sena will emerge as the single largest party in the civic elections.”