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Last update: August 06, 2022, 21:50 IST

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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (left) and current Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. (File Photo/News18)

Kesarkar also said that he tried to mend the strained relationship between Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray.

Despite the Bharatiya Janata Party offering unconditional support to the Shiv Sena after the 2017 Mumbai civic polls, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party is only four seats short of the total, a Sena MLA said on Saturday. Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of Eknath Shinde group, said that BJP did not demand that the post of mayor or deputy mayor of Mumbai be given on rotation basis at that time.

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Kesarkar’s remarks were seen as a veiled dig at Thackeray who had alleged that the BJP had not kept its 2019 promise to rotate the Maharashtra chief minister post and severed ties with the long-time ally after the 2019 assembly elections. In the 2017 elections to the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BJP won 82 seats, just two behind the Shiv Sena. At that time, both parties in power in Maharashtra contested the Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections separately.

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“BJP had unconditionally supported Shiv Sena after the 2017 BMC elections, yet BJP won only four seats less than Shiv Sena,” Kesarkar told a press conference. He demanded that Uddhav Thackeray clarify whether he had agreed to join hands with the BJP after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi last year. A day earlier, Kesarkar had revealed that Thackeray had considered quitting the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra last year after discussions with Prime Minister Modi. “If I am proven wrong, I will retire from public life,” he said on Saturday.

Responding to a question, Kesarkar said that he has not complained to Prime Minister Modi against Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane. Kesarkar said on Friday that many Shiv Sena leaders have been hurt by BJP Rane’s attempt to tarnish the image of the then cabinet minister Aditya Thackeray in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Kesarkar also said that he had tried to mend the strained relationship between Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray, but it was in vain. Shinde was sworn in as the chief minister on June 30 with the support of the BJP, ten days after calling for rebellion in the Shiv Sena.

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