Supporters of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde outside his residence in Thane, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (PTI photo)
New Delhi: After an emotional speech by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, Shiv Sena leader and Aurangabad MLA Sanjay Pandurang Shirsat penned a letter, titled, ‘This is our sentiment’. Shinde shared the letter written by Shirsat on Twitter.
The letter highlights the issues faced by the rebel Eknath Shinde during the last two and a half years.
The details of the letter are as follows:
- Eknath Shinde elaborated that CM Uddhav Thackeray never visited the Chief Minister’s Office and other ministries, he always stayed at his home ‘Varsha’, where he rarely allowed other party members to enter.
- Shinde said his party’s opponents, the Congress and the NCP, were meeting Thackeray regularly. They also took part in religious or inaugural events, pictures of which also went viral on social media. People of their own area questioned the loyalty of their CM. Eknath Shine raised the question, “How do our opponents get funds?”
- The letter alleged that CM Uddhav Thackeray stopped Shiv Sena MLAs from going to Ayodhya while only Aaditya Thackeray was allowed. The letter read, “I and several of my colleagues who had left for Ayodhya from Mumbai airport were checked in their luggage. Just as we were about to board the plane, you called up Mr. Shinde and told him not to let the MLAs go to Ayodhya. ,
- Congress party and NCP leaders, ministers and MLAs used to humiliate Shiv Sena on regular basis and CM Uddhav Thackeray remained unavailable for Shiv Sena most of the time.
- The letter also pointed out that the Shiv Sena was not happy and felt humiliated in its alliance with the Congress party and the NCP.
The above points highlighted why Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde started the rebellion against CM Uddhav Thackeray and explained the reasons behind the support of all 37 MLAs of Shiv Sena.
The crisis in Maharashtra politics intensified after suspicious cross-voting in Monday’s Legislative Council elections, in which the BJP dealt a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government. Soon after the MLC elections, Shinde went out of touch with some other Shiv Sena MLAs on Tuesday.
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