Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, attacked Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday during a meeting with office holders and declared that he was a traitor rather than a member of the party. He urged the dissident lawmakers to start a new party if they had the guts to do so.
Thackeray, who has increased his connections with party office holders, asserted that Shinde is not a Shiv Sainik and referred to him as the chief minister who is "untrustworthy." He alleged again that the BJP planned to destroy the Shiv Sena. Targeting Shinde and others who dissented from his leadership, Thackeray remarked, "The (rebels) want Balasaheb's photo, but not his son."
Two days after his interview with the party mouthpiece Samana, Thackeray took the initiative to criticise Shinde. "There are some persons who are comparing themselves with Shiv Sena
supremo," Thackeray added in reference to Shinde (late Balasaheb Thackeray). This represents terrible power-hunger and ambition.
Thackeray continued, "I am paksha pramukh, the head of the family, yet after the surgery, I could not even move. However, they were actively plotting against me at the moment. This awful reality will always be a part of my life. I assigned someone the role of number two and gave him responsibility for the party.
I had put my trust in you (Shinde) to manage the party, but you betrayed that confidence, and that too while I was in the hospital.
Thackeray has hinted that the Shiv Sena may undergo some significant changes in the near future. "We are reestablishing the Shiv Sena. They will be given a variety of duties, he said.