Uddhav asks loyalists to sign a pledge of allegiance to the party | Bombay News

Mumbai President Shiv Sena and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Eknath Shinde was trying to create a Sena without the Thackerays.

To bolster the party’s case before the Election Commission of India (ECI) and ward off the challenge of the dissident camp, which has sought to represent the ‘real’ Sena and claim the party’s symbol, Uddhav asked his followers to sign a pledge of party allegiance and launch a membership campaign.

“They want to end the Shiv Sena and in doing so they want to break the strong relationship between the party and the Thackerays,” Uddhav charged, as he spoke at a reception in Kalashowkie in central Tokyo on Sunday. mumbai. He also mocked Shinde and his men calling them “rebels and traitors”.

“If they’re so brave, why are they using my father’s photo, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) supremo? Let them seek votes in their own name,” dared Uddhav Shinde and his men, asking them to travel around the state with their own relatives for public meetings. “They want to steal the party and in doing so they also want to steal my dad (from me). You are not mards (men), but dacoits,” he blasted, referring to dissidents’ attempts to claim the mantle of Sena’s late supremo, which enjoys a talismanic appeal over the faithful of the left.

Referring to Camp Shinde’s petition to the ECI, in which he attempted to claim the Shiv Sena and its bow and arrow symbol, Uddhav asked his loyalists to sign pledges of loyalty and allegiance to the party and launch a membership registration campaign. . Uddhav, whose birthday falls on July 27, said the men in his party should give it to him as a birthday present. He claimed that the dissidents had used “professional agencies” for this purpose while using the resources at their disposal for this purpose.

Last Monday, Shinde dissolved the party’s 282-member national executive and reconstituted it with its set of chosen leaders. Former ministers Anandrao Adsul and Ramdas Kadam were named party leaders, while lawmakers Tanaji Sawant, Gulabrao Patil, Uday Samant, former MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Yashwant Jadhav, former bureaucrat Vijay Nahata and actor Sharad Ponkshe were appointed deputy leaders. Sawantwadi MLA Deepak Kesarkar has been appointed Chief Spokesperson. Shinde proclaimed himself ‘mukhya neta’ or chief party leader, while Uddhav was retained as party chairman.

The ECI has asked both factions to submit documents by August 8 to substantiate and substantiate their claims to the electoral symbol.

Joseph K. Bennett