State Bureau, Mumbai: Eknath Shinde, who is seen against the Shiv Sena leadership, not only himself but for more than two dozen MLAs, may have been removed from the post of leader of Shiv Sena Legislature Party, but for the last one decade. He has been known as a strong figure in Shiv Sena. Eknath Shinde, who has been elected MLA for four consecutive terms since 2004, is considered to be the tallest and committed leader of Shiv Sena from the neighboring district of Mumbai Thane. He is considered a disciple of Anand Dighe, once the Shiv Sena chief of Thane.

It is believed that he comes to Thane winning only because of his better contact with the people and public service. Seeing his strength, Shiv Sena made him an anti-leader in 2014. Then Shiv Sena contested the assembly elections by splitting from the BJP.

Later, after Shiv Sena also joined the Fadnavis government, Shinde was given an important post like Public Works Department. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena also gave a Lok Sabha ticket from Kalyan to his son Shrikant Shinde, who is currently a Member of Parliament.

During the assembly elections in 2019, Shinde had hoped that the Thackeray family would not become the chief ministerial candidate by following the tradition of late Balasaheb Thackeray. But after Aaditya Thackeray himself contested the assembly elections and then Uddhav Thackeray himself became the Chief Minister by joining hands with parties with staunch opposition views like Congress-NCP, Shinde has started seeing his future in Shiv Sena bleak.

Another major reason for their rebellion is that Shiv Sena is also believed to deviate from the Hindutva agenda. His political mentor Anand Dighe has been an intense Hinduist leader. Whereas today’s ally and guiding party of Shiv Sena, NCP, has had an anti-Hindu record in Thane.

In Thane, Shiv Sena leader Jitendra Ahwad is seen standing with Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an encounter in Gujarat. The terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba has described Ishrat as its worker. Therefore, it is not possible for Eknath Shinde to walk shoulder to shoulder with Jeetendra Ahwad in Thane.

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Let us inform that once again the political crisis has started in Maharashtra and the Uddhav government is under threat. Veteran government minister Eknath Shinde is staying at a hotel in Surat, Gujarat with 35 MLAs. It is being told that there are 3 more ministers with Shinde. Apart from Shiv Sena, Shinde is also accompanied by some independent MLAs. On the other hand, Shiv Sena leaders leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravi Pathak had reached Le Meridien Hotel in Surat, where they talked to the rebel leaders for about one and a half hours.

Edited By: Praveen Prasad Singh