Eknath Shinde, speaking to the reporters, said that Shiv Sena MPs have supported his stand to uphold the ideals of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray.
New Delhi: In a major setback to Uddhav Thackeray camp, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday recognised Eknath Shinde camp MP Rahul Shewale as Shiv Sena leader in the lower house. As many as 12 Shiv Sena MPs had written Lok Sabha Speaker to change the leader of the parliamentary party.
Eknath Shinde, speaking to the reporters, said that Shiv Sena MPs have supported his stand to uphold the ideals of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray. He said, “Lok Sabha Speaker has recognised Rahul Shewale as the Shiv Sena leader in the House,” he said.
On Tuesday, 19 July 2022, Shiv Sena supremo and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had sacked several key leaders from the party. The action to this effect by the party chief was taken after reports of anti-party activities by the leaders who have been reportedly supporting Eknath Shinde camp.
Eknath Shinde had succeeded Uddhav Thackeray by bringing down his government. The development also led tussle for the control of the party. As per the reports, Thackeray camp has removed former minister Vijay Shivtare, MLA Santosh Bangar, who was sacked as district chief of Hingoli, Naresh Mhaske as zilla pramukh for Thane. Besides this, Thackeray has also appointed more than 100 new office bearers in Thane, Palghar, Amravati and Yavatmal districts.
A day after Eknath Shinde had taken oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had, on July 1, sacked Shinde from all positions of the party. The Shiv Sena had alleged his involvement in anti-party activities.
The party, in a statement, had said that the action was initiated as the rebel MLA has given up his membership from the party. “He was been sacked for involving in activities against the party,” the statement said.
After heightened political drama in Maharashtra for over couple of weeks, things settled after the Supreme Court had turned down a Shiv Sena plea to stop a floor test ordered by the Governor and subsequently, Uddhav Thackeray quit as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray had announced his decision through Facebook live and in some time, he had reached the Governor’s house and submitted his resignation.