Mumbai: Aaditya Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, sent the dissident party leaders a message saying, “Those who want to return can come back,” weeks after his party lost power in Maharashtra.
In an interview with a magazine, Aaditya attacked the party’s rebel legislators, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, calling their Maharashtra government “illegal and unconstitutional.”
This comes a few weeks after a political crisis erupted in the state. A political upheaval broke out in Maharashtra after Eknath Shinde’s uprising. Later, he was sworn in as the chief minister of Maharashtra.
After the rebellion by Shinde and other MLAs, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray removed Shinde from all party positions for his anti-party activities. The battle in the Shiv Sena continued as Eknath Shinde-led group passed a resolution electing Chief Minister Shinde as the Shiv Sena’s leader. The struggle for control of the party continued.
The 14 MLAs who backed Uddhav Thackeray during Eknath Shinde’s uprising against the Sena leadership participated in the conference and endorsed resolutions for the nomination of executive party members.
Despite the ongoing conflict between the Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde factions, Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday said, “We are not in touch with them (rebel Sena leaders). We are in touch with people.
The Shiv Sena leader further said, “The government in Maharashtra is illegal and unconstitutional.” It will collapse.