Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction has been approaching the Election Commission (EC) to recognise them as the real Shiv Sena. The struggle is in full swing for the control of the party’s primary members and shakhas between the Shinde and Uddhav groups.
Currently, the Shinde camp has been enjoying political power. But the day the BJP thinks that they are of no use, then they will be thrown in the dustbin, Uddhav said.
Uddhav Thackeray further added that we are ready to focus on increasing memberships and affidavits. It is not essential to think about the political scenario in the state. People are disappointed with the behaviour of the rebel leaders. Time has come to rebuild the Sena again. The moment we get the pledges of 50 lakh, then we will hold a meeting together in Mumbai. This was stated by Uddhav via a video conference on Thursday.
Uddhav Thackeray has urged the party’s zilla pramukhs (district chiefs) to recruit 50 lakh members who become loyal to the Shiv Sena. It would be the duty of the office-bearer to submit the ‘loyalty’ affidavits in a few days.
A senior Sena member said that currently the Sena has about 36 lakh primary members, which is likely to go up to 50 lakh. The target has been set for zilla pramukhs.
Shiv Sena’s 12 out of 19 Lower House MPs and a huge number of corporators in several districts have moved into the Shinde faction. Uddhav’s group had written to the EC to get the party’s symbol.