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"Sena Defamed Due To Betrayal": Uddhav Thackeray On E Shinde's Turf
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Uddhav Thackeray said Sena has been defamed due to the "betrayal". (FILE)Thane: Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday inaugurated a medical camp in Maharashtra's Thane city on the eve of the birth anniversary of late Anand Dighe, a hugely popular politician considered the mentor of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.Anand Dighe's massive popularity made Thane one of the safest seats of the undivided Sena but Shinde's rebellion last June led to a vast majority of the rank and file in the region moving to the latter's Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.Mr Thackeray's visit as well as the mega medical camp organised to commemorate Dighe's anniversary, which falls of Friday, are being seen as an attempt to rebuild the Shiv Sena (UBT) in Thane.He also paid floral tribute to Dighe at Anand Math, the de facto centre of the Sena movement in Thane for decades now.Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thackeray said Shiv Sena and Maharashtra have been defamed due to the "betrayal and defections" that took place, a reference to MR Shinde and 39 MLAs bringing down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.Mr Thackeray said Thursday's visit was a brief one to take care of the "health of citizens here" but promised he would return to address a mass gathering to take care of the "political health of Thanekars"."I am satisfied that despite the present foul situation, the Shiv Sena has not moved away from its goal. I am proud of it. The Shiv Sena supremo (Bal Thackeray) has taught us that 80 per cent is social work and only 20 per cent political work. The real Sainiks are with us," he said.Those who left preferred to sell themselves, MR Thackeray said, with the crowd shouting "Rs 50 crore" when he asked them if they knew what was the sale price.Mr Thackeray said slogans centred around Rs 50 crore (taunting the BSS leaders) were being heard even in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, he claimed, adding a video of this was shown to him by party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut."These slogans have travelled across the country. But in the process, Maharashtra has been defamed as well as the Shiv Sena. There is no need to mourn for those who have left because the real Sainiks will light the 'mashaal' (party symbol of Thackeray's faction)," he asserted.Thane Lok Sabha MP Rajan Vichare and Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad accompanied Thackeray.Later, addressing a function at a Jain Temple, he said he had been introduced by one of the earlier speakers as an a "athithi" (guest) but he wanted to reiterate he was one of them.He added that his father had also visited this temple to seek blessings.Mr Thackeray said he had visited the renowned 'Shreenathji' (in Nathdwara in Rajasthan) eight days ago and now he was here to get blessings again.On one of the speakers at the function saying those assembled were willing to give their blood for him, Mr Thackeray said he just wanted their votes.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe relationship between the Jain community and his father will be made stronger, for which he had come here to get the blessings of 'acharyas', the former chief minister said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayMalaika Arora And Arbaaz Khan Share A Hug After Seeing Off Son Arhaan At Airport

"Sena Defamed Due To Betrayal": Uddhav Thackeray On E Shinde's Turf
  • Betrayal, defections defamed Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, says Uddhav Thackeray in Shinde stronghold Thane
  • Times of India

    THANE: Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday inaugurated a medical camp in Maharashtra's Thane city on the eve of the birth anniversary of late Anand Dighe, a hugely popular politician considered the mentor of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.Dighe's massive popularity made Thane one of the safest seats of the undivided Sena but Shinde's rebellion last June led to a vast majority of the rank and file in the region moving to the latter's Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.Thackeray's visit as well as the mega medical camp organised to commemorate Dighe's anniversary, which falls of Friday, are being seen as an attempt to rebuild the Shiv Sena (UBT) in Thane.Speaking on the occasion, Thackeray said Shiv Sena and Maharashtra have been defamed due to the "betrayal and defections" that took place, a reference to Shinde and 39 MLAs bringing down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.Thackeray said Thursday's visit was a brief one to take care of the "health of citizens here" but promised he would return to address a mass gathering to take care of the "political health of Thanekars". "I am satisfied that despite the present foul situation, the Shiv Sena has not moved away from its goal. I am proud of it. The Shiv Sena supremo (Bal Thackeray) has taught us that 80 per cent is social work and only 20 per cent political work. The real Sainiks are with us," he said. PTI

UBT faction objects use of TMC headquarters by Shinde faction
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

THANE: The Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena has complained to the municipal commissioner about former Thane corporators from the Eknath Shinde-led faction using facilities at the corporation headquarters despite their tenure ending last year.The Sena (UBT) has appealed commissioner Abhijit Bangar to either stop this blatant misuse of civic machinery or allow the common citizens to also use the facilities at the civic headquarters.Former Thane corporator and Shiv Sena (UBT) district functionary Sanjay Ghadigaonkar said, “Former corporators from the Shinde-led faction are using offices assigned to the party including the Mayor’s office, his officials residence and even a few civic staff and machinery too. They seem to have forgotten that they are no longer office bearers and are common citizens now. How can the commissioner allow such activities to go on blatantly at the expense of the common tax payers?” he asked.Ghadigaonkar said they have now appealed to the administration to stop this ‘misuse’ within a week else allow citizens who are taxpayers of the city to also conduct meetings and functions in the headquarters free of cost.When contacted, commissioner Bangar said he has received the letter and said he will take appropriate action on the same. Observers said the development indicates a fresh possibility of a stand-off between the two factions of the Sena in Thane that are already at loggerheads over several issues including taking control of their vast network of shakhas in the city and suburbs.The Mumbai corporation had also recently witnessed similar drama after the Shinde group netas tried to take over the office designated for party use. The corporation had to eventually seal all the party offices later on causing unease among political parties.

UBT faction objects use of TMC headquarters by Shinde faction
MNS opposes Dombivli bandh called by Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

KALYAN: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has opposed the Dombivli-Kalyan bandh called by Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena against Uddhav Thackeray faction's deputy leader Sushma Andhare's statement about Warkaris. MNS MLA Pramod (Raju) Patil issued a statement in which he opposed the bandh. "People should exercise restrain while talking about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and saints of Maharashtra, one should think before saying anything," Patil said. "But if someone says something, why should the general public be troubled about it? Take direct action against those who make such statements. Those who make such statements should be restrained. But common people should not be troubled by calling bandhs," he said. Today, in many areas, especially near Dombivli railway station, shops remained closed while in some other places shops were opened. Since many auto rickshaw unions participated in the bandh in the morning many office goers had to face problem. During the bandh, some violent incidents were also reported. The Dombivli is considered as the stronghold of Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena from where Shinde's son Dr Shrikant Shinde is Lok Sabha MP.

MNS opposes Dombivli bandh called by Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena
  • Remarks against Warkaris: Shiv Sena’s Shinde faction calls for bandh in Dombivli and Kalyan on Saturday
  • Times of India

    KALYAN: Shiv Sena's Shinde faction has called for a bandh in Dombivli and Kalyan Rural on Saturday against Shiv Sena leader Sushma Andhare over his alleged remarks on Warkaris (devotees of Lord Vishnu). Rajesh More, city president of the faction, announced Dombivali bandh in a joint press conference along with the traders association, saints associated with Warkari, rickshaw unions, and some other organizations. More said, “Maharashtra is the land of saints and Uddhav Balasaheb Shiv Sena’s spokesperson Sushma Andhare is seen making controversial statements on our saints. To protest against Andhare, we have announced a bandh tomorrow (Saturday)”. More further said, “Until Andhare apologises for her statements, we will not allow her to enter into Dombivli city.” Another Sena leader Dipesh Mahatre said, “We have got the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party, several traders associations, jewelers association, rickshaw union and Warkari community for this bandh”. However, a rickshaw union termed the bandh politically motivated. Balu Komaskar, president of Lal Bavta rickshaw union said, “Tomorrow’s bandh called is politically motivated and tomorrow they may pressure to call bandh rickshaw but our union has decided to not participate in bandh

BJP stir over Sena netas’ remarks; Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde camp backs Thane bandh
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

MUMBAI/KALYAN/THANE: BJP's Mumbai unit will hold "Maafi Maango" (Apologize) demonstration across the city while the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena has called for a bandh in Dombivli and Kalyan rural and the Varkari community for a Thane bandh on Saturday. The demonstrations and bandhs are meant to highlight controversial statements made by Shiv Sena (UBT) deputy leader Sushma Andhare against Hindu gods, saints and varkaris and against what BJP alleged is an attempt by Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut to create a controversy over Dr B R Ambedkar's birthplace. The move is intended to counter the MVA morcha set to be held on Saturday. Addressing a press meet on Friday, Mumbai BJP unit president Ashish Shelar said over the last few days, past speeches made by Sena's (UBT) Sushma Andhare making fun of Hindu gods, saints and Varkaris have been circulating on social media. He questioned how the Thackeray Sena was tolerating it. "Is this not against Maharashtra? Why is Uddhav Thackeray silent? There is discontent among people," he said. He alleged Raut was spreading "lies" about Ambedkar's birthplace. "Tomorrow Saamna (Sena UBT mouthpiece) will also say the Constitution has been written by Uddhav Thackeray and he is responsible for the country's freedom. Ever since the Thackeray faction allied with the Congress that ensured Ambedkar's defeat in an election, the party is trying to create this controversy. These are attempts to rewrite history," he said, adding BJP will hold "maafi mango" demonstrations with black flags across the city on these issues. Rajesh More, city president of the Shinde faction in Dombivli, announced a Dombivli bandh along with the traders association, saints associated with the Varkari community, the rickshaw union and other groups. "Maharashtra is a land of saints, and Andhare is seen making controversial statements about our saints. Until she apologises, we will not allow her to enter Dombivli," he said. However, Balu Komaskar, president of Lal Bavta rickshaw union said, "The bandh is politically motivated and our union has decided to not participate." In Thane, the Varkari community, along with several Hindu organisations, called for a Thane bandh on Saturday to protest against Andhare. "We are deeply upset by remarks made by Andhare about Hindu deities and rituals, along with several saints, in the past," said a member of the Varkari community. Meanwhile, the Thane unit of BJP and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena released statements saying they would support the bandh.

BJP stir over Sena netas’ remarks; Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde camp backs Thane bandh
MVA morcha in south Mumbai today, BJP stir across city
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

MUMBAI/KALYAN/THANE: BJP's Mumbai unit will hold "Maafi Maango" (Apologize) demonstration across the city while the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena has called for a bandh in Dombivli and Kalyan rural and the Varkari community for a Thane bandh on Saturday. The demonstrations and bandhs are meant to highlight controversial statements made by Shiv Sena (UBT) deputy leader Sushma Andhare against Hindu gods, saints and varkaris and against what BJP alleged is an attempt by Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut to create a controversy over Dr B R Ambedkar's birthplace. The move is intended to counter the MVA morcha set to be held on Saturday. Addressing a press meet on Friday, Mumbai BJP unit president Ashish Shelar said over the last few days, past speeches made by Sena's (UBT) Sushma Andhare making fun of Hindu gods, saints and Varkaris have been circulating on social media. He questioned how the Thackeray Sena was tolerating it. "Is this not against Maharashtra? Why is Uddhav Thackeray silent? There is discontent among people," he said. He alleged Raut was spreading "lies" about Ambedkar's birthplace. "Tomorrow Saamna (Sena UBT mouthpiece) will also say the Constitution has been written by Uddhav Thackeray and he is responsible for the country's freedom. Ever since the Thackeray faction allied with the Congress that ensured Ambedkar's defeat in an election, the party is trying to create this controversy. These are attempts to rewrite history," he said, adding BJP will hold "maafi mango" demonstrations with black flags across the city on these issues. Rajesh More, city president of the Shinde faction in Dombivli, announced a Dombivli bandh along with the traders association, saints associated with the Varkari community, the rickshaw union and other groups. "Maharashtra is a land of saints, and Andhare is seen making controversial statements about our saints. Until she apologises, we will not allow her to enter Dombivli," he said. However, Balu Komaskar, president of Lal Bavta rickshaw union said, "The bandh is politically motivated and our union has decided to not participate." In Thane, the Varkari community, along with several Hindu organisations, called for a Thane bandh on Saturday to protest against Andhare. "We are deeply upset by remarks made by Andhare about Hindu deities and rituals, along with several saints, in the past," said a member of the Varkari community. Meanwhile, the Thane unit of BJP and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena released statements saying they would support the bandh.

MVA morcha in south Mumbai today, BJP stir across city
Shiv Sena, Congress leaders among 16 booked for land grabbing in Maharashtra
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

ULHASNAGAR: The Ulhasnagar police have booked at least 15 people, including Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray faction's city unit chief Rajendra Chaudhari, former Congress corporator Godhumal Krishnani and some hoteliers for grabbing a huge plot worth over Rs 50 crore near Vithalwadi railway station by fabricating documents of tribal woman. The case was registered late on Thursday after complainant Sharda Vaghari (45) approached police with all documents alleging that Chaudhari and others prepared false documents of her plot of 8312 square metre. Acting on the complaint, police filed an FIR under forgery, cheating and conspiracy against 15 people, including Chaudhary, Krishnani, hotelier Pravin Krishnani, hotelier Sadanand Shetty and others. After registering the FIR, police called Chaudhary for questioning. However, his supporters gathered outside the police station seeking his release. After around 12 hours, police released Chaudhary on Friday. Shiv Sainiks who were protesting against Chaudhary's detention alleged that since he did not join Shinde group of Shiv Sena, the ruling party was harassing him. Chaudhary claimed police had called only him for a case related to the complaint against him and there was no political motivation behind it. Sudhakar Pathare, deputy commisioner of police, said, "The accused booked in case prepared forged documents of a woman belongs to tribal community to grab her land and acting on her complaint, the FIR was registered."

Shiv Sena, Congress leaders among 16 booked for land grabbing in Maharashtra
Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray camp playing victim card & seeking sympathy, says Naresh Mhaske
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

THANE: The Uddhav Thackeray camp and its leaders are criticizing the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government over the recent Maharashtra-Karnataka issue and playing the victim card only to garner public sympathy, said Naresh Mhaske, spokesperson of the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena on Tuesday. Mhaske was responding to the claims made by MP Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) before media persons after he got summons from a Karnataka court in a 2018 case. Raut said he feared a conspiracy and threat to his life indirectly hinted involvement of some state leaders to be deliberately steering activities against him. “Raut’s early morning tirade against the state government and Eknath Shinde seems to hold no importance now. He should realise that getting summons from court is part of the process after any offense is registered. However, Raut is trying to portray himself as a victim and present a picture that there is a threat to his life. It seems Thackeray camp are left with no other option but to only play the victim card and seek sympathy,” said Mhaske. He added saying those who are questioning Shinde about his role in resolving the Maharashtra- Karnataka issue must not forget that he was jailed for nearly 40 days for the cause in the past. “Raut should feel safe as the state will do everything to protect him. Criticizing the state to keep themselves in the limelight and frequently making baseless allegations will not help. Shinde and Fadnavis are busy working for the state welfare and wont have time to reply to such baseless allegations,” he said. The Thane spokesperson for the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction was unavailable for response.

Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray camp playing victim card & seeking sympathy, says Naresh Mhaske
KDMC demolishes office of Uddhav’s Shiv Sena faction in Kalyan
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

KALYAN: The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) on Saturday demolished a public relations office of Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena in Kalyan (East), declaring it illegal, following which Shiv Sainiks took to the streets to protest against the action, terming it as an action under pressure from the ruling party in the state. The KDMC's encroachment department on Saturday demolished atleast 4 structures in a row including Shiv Sena public relations office situated near Vithalwadi area saying it is constructed on plot reserved for ground. After demolition, Shiv Sainiks gathered near the site in the evening and protested against KDMC as well as ruling govt in the state blaming them for action. The Shiv Sainiks said that if KDMC really bothered about illegal construction than they should also demolish other illegal construction in the city or else they will protest against their actions. Asha Rasal, city vice president of Uddhav-led Shiv Sena said, "The office was 17 years old and KDMC has acted under pressure from ruling party and if KDMC does not act against other illegal constructions in the city than we will hold protests for indefinite period outside KDMC's ward offices". In another development on Saturday, making temporary end to tussle over Dombivli's Shiv Sena shahar shakha row, Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena on Saturday inaugurated a new Shiv Sena shahar sakha in Dombivli after Shinde faction of Shiv Sena recently took possession of the sakha located near the Dombivli station. There was a lot of controversy recently between the two Sena factions regarding the shahar sakha. After Eknath Shinde rebelled against Thackeray's leadership, Shiv Sainiks removed the photo of chief minister Eknath Shinde and his son and Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan Shrikant Shinde from the shakha and did not allow their supporters to enter. After which Shinde's Sena supporters officially bought the shakha from builder in his name and in police presence, recently took over possession of the office. Following which Uddhav's Sena had decided to move court, but now since party did not have any shahar shakha in city, Uddhav-led Sena city president Vivek Khamkar on Saturday inaugurated new shakha in name of Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena near old shakha. Khamkar said, "We have moved court against illegal encroachment on shahar sakha where we worked for 30 years but the decision is yet to be announced, so we have started new Shahar Shakha office so that our party's work does not get affected".

KDMC demolishes office of Uddhav’s Shiv Sena faction in Kalyan
Thane: Tension between the 2 Shiv Sena factions continues
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

THANE: The tension between the two factions of the Shiv Sena in Thane is unlikely to settle down soon with the Uddhav Thackeray faction now alleging Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his camp to have triggered last week’s violence outside Shrinagar police station. The Shinde camp has refuted the allegations. It may be recalled that members of the two factions clashed late on Monday in the Bhatwadi area of Kisan Nagar following which the police intervened and further tension settled. A mob, apparently Shinde supporters, later gathered outside the Shrinagar police station in the wee hours of Tuesday where the Thackeray camp leaders and their activists were waiting. The faction clashed again following which the police had to resort to lathi charge. MP Rajan Vichare of Shiv Sena Thackeray faction told the media late Friday, “I suspect the CM and his team had planned the attacks. A mob that was over 1,000 surrounded us and threatened us while we were inside the police station. This cannot be done without the support of senior leaders. It seems the move to reduce my security cover recently was deliberate,” accused Vichare while talking to the media. The Shiv Sena, Shinde faction, rubbished the allegations. “It is evident that the Thackeray faction is scared of Shinde sahib and has lost their peace which is why they are making such baseless allegations. It was their workers who abused our party colleague first. We learnt from locals that the senior leaders from the Thackeray camp escaped from the scene leaving their activists behind,” said Naresh Mhaske, spokesperson of the Shinde faction.

Thane: Tension between the 2 Shiv Sena factions continues
  • Activists from Shiv Sena factions clash in Thane
  • Times of India

    THANE: Tension prevailed in Kisan Nagar area of Thane in the wee hours of Tuesday after hundreds of activists from the two Shiv Sena factions clashed outside the Shrinagar police station forcing the police to lathi charge the mob. The incident occurred in the Bhatwadi area that is part of chief minister Eknath Shinde's assembly constituency. Leaders from Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena alleged their activists suffered injuries and blamed the other group for triggering the violence.

  • Video: Clash Between Two Shiv Sena Factions in Maharashtra's Thane
  • Ndtv

    Videos of the clash were widely circulated on social media.Thane: A clash broke out between two Shiv Sena factions in Maharashtra's Thane late on Monday night.The incident took place in Kisan Nagar where newly-appointed office bearers from Uddhav Thackeray's Sena faction were being felicitated. MP Rajan Vichare was also present at the gathering to congratulate the new office bearers.During the event, some Sena workers from chief minister Eknath Shinde's faction heckled Team Thackeray members. The sloganeering from both sides snowballed into a full-blown fight. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comVideos of the clash were widely circulated on social media. Supporters of both factions descended upon Thane's Shrinagar police station to file cases against each other. The police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the crowd.  

  • Tension grips Thane’s Kisan Nagar after clash between Shinde and Thackeray Shiv Sena factions
  • Times of India

    THANE: Tension prevailed in the Kisan Nagar area of Thane after clash between members of the two Shiv Sena factions leading the local police to lathicharge the mob on Tuesday. The incident occured in Bhatwadi area of Kisan Nagar that is part of chief minister Eknath Shinde's constituency. #Maharashtra: Lathicharge by police at Shreenagar police station after fight between Shiv Sena Shinde faction and S… https://t.co/iSkvw9sdwJ— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) 1668482093000The tension sparked off in the area after members of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) led by a senior leader clashed with activists of a local former corporator from the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena. The arguments soon escalated into violence after which the police intervened. However, the activists started clashing outside the police station forcing the cops to lathicharge the crowd that was going uncontrollable. Leaders from both the parties accused each other for instigating the violence. Senior inspector Sunil Shinde at the Shrinagar police station said they have registered complaints against both the factions. "No arrests have been made so far," he said.

Maharashtra MLA, Out On Bail And Named In New Case, "Decides To Resign"
Ndtv | 2 months ago | |
Ndtv
2 months ago | |

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad with supporters after bail on Saturday, November 12.Mumbai: Jitendra Awhad, a legislator from Sharad Pawar's NCP, has tweeted that after “two false cases against me in 72 hours… I have decided to resign as MLA”. On bail after his arrest last week for disrupting a show of Marathi film ‘Har Har Mahadev' in Thane over “distorting the history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”, the former minister is now accused of assaulting a woman. A case registered under the Indian Penal Code Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) has been registered as he allegedly pushed her during a public event at the opening of a bridge in Mumbra on November 13.“I will fight against this police brutality. I cannot simply watch this murder of democracy,” said Mr Awhad, MLA from Mumbra-Kalwa constituency in Thane, in his tweet in Marathi.पोलीसांनी माझ्या विरुद्ध ७२ तासात २ खोटा गुन्हा दाखल केला आणि तोही 😭३५४ ,.,मी ह्या पोलिसी आत्याचारा विरुद्ध लढणार … मी माझ्या आमदारकीचा राजीनामा देण्याचा निर्णय घेतो आहे,,. लोकशाहीची हत्या .. उघड्या डोळ्यांनी नाही बघू शकत— Dr.Jitendra Awhad (@Awhadspeaks) November 14, 2022The woman has alleged that MLA Jitendra Awhad "forcefully pushed" her when she was moving towards Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to meet him as he'd come to participate in the inauguration.Angry over the FIR, NCP workers protested at the Mumbra police station and burnt tyres.Earlier, over forcibly shutting the screening of 'Har Har Mahadev', Mr Awhad was arrested on Friday and released on Saturday. He is charged with sections 323 (assault) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).Mr Awhad said the orders to arrest him had come from "higher authorities" — seen as a reference to the Eknath Shinde-BJP government — adding that he had saved a man who was allegedly manhandled at the multiplex on November 7. His party leader leader and MP Supriya Sule also accused the police of being under "pressure from above". Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Aaditya Thackeray criticised the state government, too: ‘'Jitendra Awhad has done the right thing. We are ready to go to jail with him.''Chief Minister Eknath Shinde denied any politics behind the arrest and said the police must have taken action as per law.On November 7, Mr Awhad and his supporters allegedly gatecrashed a multiplex in Thane to disrupt the show. When people demanded a refund and passed comments regarding the disruption, Mr Awhad and his supporters allegedly assaulted some of them.A day later, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said beating up moviegoers will not be tolerated and action will be taken against people involved in such incidents. "People are permitted to register their opposition democratically. I have not seen the movie and I am not aware of the controversy," he'd said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Awhad was arrested three days later.He was Housing Minister in the previous Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government under Uddhav Thackeray until Eknath Shinde divided the Sena and took the chair with the BJP's backing.

Maharashtra MLA, Out On Bail And Named In New Case, "Decides To Resign"
Ex-Sena corporator and her husband return to core party
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

Thane: A former Shiv Sena corporator and her activist husband along with their followers who had apparently switched loyalties to the Eknath Shinde faction following his rebellion returned to the core party Friday morning, MP Rajan Vichare informed. The neta claimed she took the decision to return following a review with voters from her ward.Former corporator Ragini Bairesetty who represented ward number 5 through the Sena in the previous board in the Thane House was inducted back into the party by Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree Friday morning. Barishetti is the third corporator to return to the Thackeray fold after the rebellion by Shinde, late June. "We had not left the Sena but had only gone with several other corporators to extend our support to Shinde after he became the chief minister. But it was projected as if we had left the Sena. In the meantime, we interacted with our supporters and nearly 80 per cent of them said we should stay back with the Thackeray led Sena. We conveyed our decision to the Naresh Mhaske who is in charge of Thane before we went to Matoshree,” echoed the couple.Kedar Dighe, Thane district president of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction) said there could be more inductions in the coming days as several former corporators who were with the Shinde camp are in touch with them and could return ahead of the coming municipal level polls. A senior leader from Thane said there are many leaders and corporators who had no option but to join the Shinde camp in the initial days and are now wary of their respective political future following which they are mulling to return to the Sena fold.

Ex-Sena corporator and her husband return to core party
Not afraid of polls; opposition’s unable to stop attrition of their leaders: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

THANE: Chief minister Eknath Shinde has dismissed Uddhav Thackeray's recent statement about the state facing mid-term polls, claiming it to be a feeble attempt by the opposition to plug attrition of leaders from their camp. Shinde was addressing visitors at a cultural event in Thane, Sunday night, where he said he was not afraid of facing any mid-term polls as he had the full support of the public. Without naming anyone, the CM criticised the opposition (the MVA allies), saying they were losing their peace seeing the developmental works done by their (Shinde-Fadnavis) government and were resorting to making such 'illogical statements'. "I work round the clock, but never keep the elections or its results in mind. The opposition has lost their peace seeing our work in the last three months and are worried. We have full public support as we followed the principles of Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe. In last three years, we have taken 72 big decisions for the welfare of the citizens and revived many shut projects. The BJP and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena will bag over 200 seats in the next assembly polls," he said. Meanwhile, Shinde's son and Kalyan Lok Sabha MP Dr Shrikant Shinde also chided Uddhav's statement saying he was wary of his MLAs being in touch with their camp. "The state has got a stable government. Some of (Thackeray's) MLAs are in contact with us and this is probably the reason why they are getting unsettled and are making such statements."

Not afraid of polls; opposition’s unable to stop attrition of their leaders: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde
With Eknath Shinde in state, but may go solo in civic polls, says BJP
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

THANE: BJP may contest the upcoming municipal elections in Maharashtra independently following recommendations to the effect from its local units, said state party chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Saturday. Bawankule was interacting with the media at the first BJP show of strength in Thane. “We’ll definitely fight all state and LS polls with our alliance partner,” he said. “But we’ve left the decision to forge an alliance or not with them at the local level to our BJP core committees working in the regions. We may have a friendly fight with the Shinde faction in those areas.” He hinted at BJP wanting to show its prowess, including in Thane, a stronghold of Shinde as well as Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena. The city, Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai and other municipal jurisdictions are headed for local body polls. To media questions on possible tensions with the Shinde faction, Bawankule said the party was with the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena led by Shinde and would put all its might behind it. He also lauded Shinde and praised his rebellion.

With Eknath Shinde in state, but may go solo in civic polls, says BJP
  • ‘With Shinde in state, but BJP may go solo in civic polls’
  • Times of India

    Thane: The BJP may contest the upcoming municipal elections in the state independently following recommendations to the effect from its local units, said state party chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Saturday, reports Manoj Bagderi.Bawankule was interacting with the media at the first BJP show of strength in CM Eknath Shinde’s city. “We will definitely fight all state and Lok Sabha polls with our alliance partner,” Bawankule said. “But we have left the decision to forge an alliance or not with them at the local level to our BJP core committees working in the regions. We may have a friendly fight with the Shinde faction in those areas.” He hinted at the party wanting to show its prowess, including in the lake city, a stronghold of Shinde as well as Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena.

Shinde supporters put posters in Kalyan-Dombivli against previous Thackeray govt
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

KALYAN: Amid opposition accusing the Shinde-Fadnavis government for failing to protect the major projects such as Vedanta-Foxconn, Bulk Drug Park and Tata's Airbus, the Eknath Shinde faction Shiv Sena supporters now through big posters across Kalyan-Dombivli have targeted the previous Thackrey government for going these three major projects that includes Vedanta Foxconn and Air bus out of Maharashtra. Through posters, Shinde supporters taken jibe at previous Uddhav Thackeray government saying that Thackeray did not get share (money) in these project, due to which Maharashtra suffered a loss and project went outside the state. The posters are put up on the major roads in Kalyan-Dombivli which comes under Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency from where CM Shinde's son Dr Shrikant Shinde is Lok Sabha MP. The posters are put up by Youth Wing of Bala Sahebanchi Sena (Youth Wing of Shinde faction Shiv Sena). In poster no any names of leaders are mentioned. The posters states, "The Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray did a lot of damage to Maharashtra". The poster has given information about three projects, Vedanta Foxconn (Shifted to Gujarat), Bulk Drug Project (Shifted to Himachal Pradesh) and Tata Airbus Project (Gujarat) claiming these three projects shifted during MVA tenure and shifting of these three projects outside Maharashtra has made losses 5,86,000 jobs. The leaders of Maha Vikas Aghadi accusing Shinde-Fadnavis government of failing to protect the state's intrest after losing these three projects, but through the poster, now Shinde's supporters are seen targeting Uddhav Thackeray responsible on this issue. The passerby on roads were also seen reading posters.

Shinde supporters put posters in Kalyan-Dombivli against previous Thackeray govt
Thane gram panchayat polls: Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction & BJP claim victory on 80% seats
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

THANE: Chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Bala Saheb's Shiv Sena and Bhartiya Janta Party's supporters have claimed to win about 80 per cent of the seats in Thane district in the first gram panchayat elections held after the Shinde and BJP government came to power in Maharashtra. Thane district is home town of Shinde, where he has a strong hold. Both alliance parties had claimed that their supporters manage to win 121 gram panchayats while Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Maha Vikas Aghadi together have been able to win only 28 gram panchayats out of total 156 gram panchayats in District while on 2 gram panchayat locals had boycotted voting. The maximum 63 gram panchayats were won by Shinde faction while BJP managed to win 58 gram panchayats. Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena supporters contested election together with its MVA partners Congress and NCP and they altogether won 28 gram panchayats. Political pandits claimed that many were believing that Thackeray may get sympathy votes since Shinde broke his party, but results show that Shinde still have his clouds in Thane District like earlier. It may be recalled after Eknath Shinde formed government with BJP, more than 80% of political representatives including corporators, zila parishad members, gram panchayat members of Shiv Sena had came in support of Shinde. Prakash Patil, up neta of Shinde faction who has strong hold in Thane rural area, said, "The results shows that Shinde saheb who worked for development in Thane district is still having strong support of real Shiv Sainiks in Bala Saheb's Shiv Sena party and in future also we will get same support." Patil claimed that in upcoming two to three days I will take all our elected representatives in Mumbai to meet CM Shinde. Interestingly MVA partners till late evening were not sure about their elected representatives in Thane district. When asked Kedar Dighe, Thane district president of Uddhav led Shiv Sena, he said, "I was busy in party's meeting and yet to check exactly how much our supporters win gram panchayats." A senior bureaucrat said the claims made by parties have no substance since the elections are not contested on the basis of affiliation to political parties.

Thane gram panchayat polls: Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction & BJP claim victory on 80% seats
‘Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena banking only on legacy for votes’
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

THANE: Ahead of the Andheri assembly seat by-polls, the Eknath Shinde faction has accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led group of relying on legacy and sympathy votes instead of talking about developmental works. A day after the Thackeray-led group submitted a letter to the Election Commission alleging bias, Naresh Mhaske, former Thane mayor and spokesperson for the Shinde group, released a digital statement dismissing the same and claiming they (Thackeray) had no other topics to fight elections and are therefore banking only on blame games and seeking sympathy. “They (Thackeray) had sought the torch symbol and temporary name for their party from the EC, and had announced the same on social media also and started celebrations. Surprisingly, after three days, they are now alleging foul play which reflects that they have nothing else to fight on except playing the sympathy card and banking on their legacy. The kind of work you do is more important when fighting such polls,” said Mhaske. Chiding the complaints made by the Thackeray group, Mhaske repeated Shinde’s stance that injustice was done on their group. “We are the real claimants for the party symbol and name, and have over 80% support of leaders and workers. On the other hand, they are resorting to forging support which was recently seen in Mumbai. We appeal to them to fight out a fair war based on works done. These crocodile tears won’t help,” said Mhaske. When contacted, Kedar Dighe, district president at Thane Shiv Sena, defended the Thackeray group. “If it was only sympathy then it would not have lasted long, but those making allegations must also remember dedication and loyalty is what binds a party and its people together. It seems it has become a norm for them (Shinde faction) to comment and criticise everything. But they must realise that the common man is watching everything,” he said.

‘Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena banking only on legacy for votes’
  • Sena vs Sena in Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde group targets Uddhav Thackeray faction for banking on legacy, sympathy
  • Times of India

    THANE: Ahead of the Andheri assembly seat bypolls, the Eknath Shinde faction — of the Shiv Sena — has accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led group of relying on legacy and sympathy votes instead of talking about developmental works. Read AlsoSena vs Sena: Uddhav camp gets 'mashaal' as poll symbol, Shinde faction told to give new list of symbolsThe Election Commission on Monday allotted 'flaming torch' (mashaal) election symbol to the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena and gave it the name: 'Shiv Sena - Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray'. 'Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena' (Balasaheb's Shiv Sena) is the new name for the Eknath Shinde group of theA day after the Thackeray-led group submitted a letter to the Election Commission alleging bias towards the Shinde faction, Naresh Mhaske — former Thane mayor and spokesperson for the Shinde group — released a digital statement wherein he dismissed the same and claimed they (Thackeray) had no other topics to fight elections and are so banking only on blame games and seeking sympathy. Read AlsoSena vs Sena: Eknath Shinde camp gets 'two swords and shield' as poll symbolThe Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday allotted ‘Two Swords and Shield’ as a poll symbol to the Eknath Shinde-led faction of the Shiv Sena. The development comes a day after the poll panel gave the faction its new name: Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena.“They (Thackeray) had sought the torch symbol and temporary name for their party from the EC and had announced the same on social media also and started celebrations. Surprisingly, after three days, they are now alleging foul play which reflects that they have nothing else to fight on except playing the sympathy card and banking on their legacy. The kind of work you do is more important when fighting such polls,” said Mhaske. Sena vs Sena: Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde groups fight over venue of Dasara rallyChiding the complaints made by the Thackeray group, Mhaske repeated Shinde’s stance that injustice was done on their group. “We are the real claimants for the party symbol and name and have over 80% support of leaders and workers. On the other hand they are resorting to forging support which was recently seen in Mumbai. We appeal to them to fight out a fair war based on works done. These crocodile tears won’t help,” said Mhaske. When contacted, Kedar Dighe, district president at Thane Shiv Sena, defended the Thackeray group. “If it was only sympathy then it would not have lasted long but those making allegations must also remember dedication and loyalty is what binds a party and its people together. It seems it has become a norm for them (Shinde faction) to comment and criticize everything. But they must realise that the common man is watching everything,” he said.

Thane: ‘Odd-even rule’ after Shiv Sena camps clash over shakha
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

THANE: Tension prevailed in the Kumbharwada area of Kopri in Thane on Friday morning as rival factions of the Shiv Sena struggled to take control of the local shakha. Intervention by the local police saved the day, following which each of the factions was assigned a day to operate from the facility, police officers said. It is learnt the tension escalated after a member of the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction was alerted about the plans of the Shinde group to reconstruct the old Kumbharwada shakha. The Thackeray faction apparently took objection and assembled at the shakha on Friday morning to question the undertaking of reconstruction work without consulting them, which led to a verbal altercation over who would control the premises. The situation got worse after leaders from both groups including Kedar Dighe, Thane president of the Thackeray faction and Naresh Mhaske, Thane district chief for the Shinde group, arrived at the spot at different times. “We are not demolishing this structure but repairing it. This shakha has been operating with support from Shinde ‘saheb.’ How can someone suddenly come and stake claim? Though we haven’t stopped anyone from using this facility, we will not tolerate it if anyone tries to wrest control,” said Mhaske. Dighe dismissed allegations of usurping the premises and said the shakha belongs to Sena and has been operating since the time of late Sena leader Anand Dighe. “We want all Sainiks to continue operating from here,” he said. Meanwhile, Kopri police defused the situation but said they would keep vigil. “The situation was heating up, so police intervened and changed the lock and also gave keys to the two groups who will operate the premises every alternate day,” said a Kopri police officer.

Thane: ‘Odd-even rule’ after Shiv Sena camps clash over shakha
‘Politics will continue, don’t drag innocent child into it’: Maharashtra MP Shrikant Shinde slams Uddhav Thackeray’s remark
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

KALYAN: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde's son and Kalyan Lok Sabha MP Dr Shrikant Shinde has slammed Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for 'dragging' the name of his one-and-a-half year old son during the Dussehra rally held at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Posting a photo along with his son, Shinde, in a letter to Thackeray, expressed a grief over remark and said that he was not writing a letter as an MP or son of chief minister, but as father of one-and-half year-old Rudransh. At Dussehra rally, Uddhav Thackeray had said, "Father is chief minister, son is MP and grandson is now eyeing on the post of corporator. Let him grow up." Replying to Thackeray, Shinde said, "During your appeal about rally, you had invited people to listen to your thoughts of Hindutva. Only you know what thoughts of Hindutva you put forward in Dusshera's rally. I just want to ask you whether it fits to your Hindutva to drag the name of and innocent one-and-half-year old child into your speech?" "Uddhavji, do you have any idea how shocked our family is by your remark? Actually, this is very personal, but I feel compelled to say it. Both son's mother and grandmother were extremely hurt after hearing what you said yesterday. Tears welled up in their eyes...How can a politician say such things about a child whose walking, babbling, gibberish, and laughter are the gift of God?," wrote Shinde "A father's request with folded hands and tears in his eyes. Politics will continue...Criticism will continue. But don't drag innocent child into it," he added.

‘Politics will continue, don’t drag innocent child into it’: Maharashtra MP Shrikant Shinde slams Uddhav Thackeray’s remark