Uddhav Thackeray removes Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena leader, Eknath Shinde, the recently appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister, was kicked out of the Shiv Sena leadership position in the party organisation today by Uddhav Thackeray over a contentious dispute about claims to the organisation.
Thackeray claimed in a letter from the party that Shinde had been engaging in “anti-party activities” and had voluntarily resigned from membership.
The letter, which was signed by Uddhav Thackeray, stated, “In the exercise of the powers granted in me as the Shivsena Paksha Pramukha, I remove you from the job of Shivsena Leader in the party organisation.”
Shinde has asserted that he is the Shiv Sena’s leader and that the Thackeray group is a minority, although he has never referred to himself as Paksha Pramukh (party chief). Technically, Thackeray is still the party’s leader.
Shinde subtly positioned himself as the political heir to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray earlier today in a message he gave out. He updated his Twitter profile image to feature fiery Hindutva icon and Maratha pride emblem Balasaheb Thackeray.
In the Supreme Court, the Shinde faction claimed to be the genuine Shiv Sena. He claimed that Thackeray’s collaboration with the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has weakened the Hindutva ideology of his father Bal Thackeray and is a “unnatural combination.”
In a direct attack on Uddhav Thackeray, dissident Sena minister Gulabrao Patil had earlier said that while Thackeray had abandoned his official residence and 52 MLAs from his own party, he was still considering staying with NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
After the Supreme Court declined to block the governor’s order to postpone the trust vote, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as chief minister on Thursday.
Soon after Shinde was sworn in, Thackeray questioned why the BJP chose to appoint a “so-called Shiv Sainik” as Maharashtra’s chief executive when it had previously promised to rotate the position in 2019.
At a press conference held at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Thackeray also urged the BJP to refrain from “betraying” Mumbai in the same way that it had done to him.