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Shiva Sena elects Eknath Shinde as House leader, denies softening stand on power share

A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, including Aditya Thackeray, is expected to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 31, 2019 5:17:30 pm
maharashtra government formation, shiv sena, eknath shinde, shiv sena leader of legislative party, aaditya thackeray, shiv sena bjp fight, sanjay raut Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, newly-elected legislative party leader Eknath Shinde, party chief Uddhav Thackeray and newly-elected party chief whip Sunil Prabhu at the party headquarters in Dadar on Thursday. (Source: Shiv Sena)

The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected Eknath Shinde as leader of the party’s legislative wing. Party leaders said Sena youth wing chief and Thackeray family scion Aaditya proposed Shinde’s name, which was seconded by senior MLA Pratap Sarnaik and Rajan Salvi.

According to sources, party chief Uddhav Thackeray was not keen to appoint his son Aaditya as the head of the Sena’s legislative unit. Uddhav was present in the meeting held at the Shiv Sena headquarters in Dadar.

Sunil Prabhu, on the other hand, was elected as chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature. Shinde, MLA from Thane, was the leader of house in the previous term as well, besides being a cabinet minister in the BJP-Sena government.

A delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, including Aditya Thackeray, is expected to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. A Sena leader said that the meeting will be held at 3.30 pm in which the delegation will demand prompt financial aid for farmers hit by untimely rains.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has brushed aside reports that his party has softened its stand on its demand for ’50-50′ power-sharing with its ally BJP ahead of government formation. On Wednesday, Raut had said it is important for his party to remain in the BJP-led alliance in the larger interest of the state.

Taking to Twitter today, the Shiv Sena MP said, “The (reports that) Sena has softened (its stand), has compromised and relinquished equitable distribution of posts, are all rumours.”

“This is the public, which knows everything. Whatever will was decided (between BJP and Sena), will happen,” he added.

Raut also dismissed reports of possible split in Shiv Sena. “If anyone is floating rumours of 23 (of total 56) Sena MLAs maintaining a contact with the BJP, then they must have forgotten to mention Aaditya Thackeray’s name as one of those defectors. And why are they saying 23 MLAs only, why not say all 56,” he said.

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