Uddhav Thackeray compares Sena rebels to rotten leaves and calls for polls to determine whom people support

by Web Desk | Published: 26 Jul 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, compared renegade party leaders to the "rotten leaves" of a tree on Tuesday and urged elections to determine whether his supporters are among the rebel section. After resigning as chief minister last month, Thackeray gave his first interview to Sena publication "Saamana," in which he admitted it was a mistake to have placed too much faith in some of the party's top figures.
 
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration in Maharashtra, which was led by Thackeray and included the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress, fell apart last month after Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and 39 other lawmakers rebelled against the party establishment. Later, Devendra Fadnavis, a senior in the BJP, was sworn in as Shinde's deputy.
 
"These rebels should be expelled because they are like rotting tree leaves. The tree will benefit since there will be new leaves "explained Thackeray. Thackeray responded to the breakaway leaders' assertion that they stand in for the Shiv Sena by saying that elections should be held to allow the public to decide. "The people we will either vote for us or support them. It will be clear once and for all," the former CM said.
 
When asked who was to blame for the uprising, he responded, "It appears that I placed too much faith in some Sena leaders and employees. I made a mistake by putting a lot of faith in them." Thackeray charged that "the BJP is trying to appropriate outstanding leaders of other parties as well as breaking the Shiv Sena."
 
He asserted, "They are trying the same thing with my late father, Balasaheb Thackeray, who formed the Shiv Sena, just like they tried to grab Sardar Patel from the Congress. These people do not appear to be trustworthy. "They are essentially causing infighting among Sena workers," he explained.
 
 
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