Former Maharashtra chief minister Udav Thackeray’s claim to be the leader of the real Shiv Sena took another blow on Wednesday when his brother Jadev Thackeray expressed “his full support” “It was with rival Eknath Shinde.
“In the past 5-6 days I’ve been asked if you’re in the Shinde faction. The Thackerays can’t possibly be in any faction. I love the steps Shinde is taking, and I’m here out of love,” he said, on the Shinde team Speaking at the organized Dussehra event.
“Don’t leave Eknath alone. You should all support him. Shinde is working for the poor and farmers. Shinde is similar to our farmers; he is very hardworking,” Jaidev Thackeray said.
“I would say, bring Shinde Rajya back. Let the election bring Shinde Rajya back. I fully support Eknath Shinde,” he added.
Since orchestrating a coup in June that ousted Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister and eventually replaced him with the support of a majority of Shiv Sena’s MLA, Mr Shinde has strengthened his claim to the legacy of party founder Bal Thackeray.
For Dussehra, since the split, the two factions have looked at each other in what has been called a show of strength: two separate rallies in Mumbai, the first since Shiv Sena was founded 56 years ago. Second-rate.
While the Uddhav Thackeray faction won a legal battle to hold a rally in Dadar’s historic Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, which has been linked to Shiv Sena since its inception, the rebel group led by Mr Shinde organised their event at the MMRDA grounds in Suburban BKC.
Both camps claim they are advancing the ideals of Bal Thackeray, who was known for his fiery speeches at the Dussehra rally in Shivaji Park year after year until his death in 2012.