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'Coterie' surrounding Uddhav Thackeray responsible for current developments: rebel Shiv Sena MLA

Rebel Sena MLA Ramesh Bornare has claimed that Shivsainiks are happy with Eknath Shinde becoming the chief minister.

PTI Reported By: PTI Aurangabad Updated on: July 05, 2022 16:08 IST
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde arrives to pay
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde arrives to pay tribute to Bal Thackeray at the Bal Thackeray Smruti Sthal, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Monday, July 4, 2022. 

Highlights

  • Rebel Sena leader alleged that coterie surrounding Thackeray is responsible for the rebellion
  • He also stated that founder Bal Thackeray is their ideal
  • The rebel MLA further added that the agitating Shivsainiks were misled

A rebel Shiv Sena MLA from Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Tuesday alleged that a "coterie" of four people surrounding Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is responsible for the rebellion in the party.

Speaking to reporters a day after the Eknath Shinde-led government comfortably won the floor test, Vaijapur MLA Ramesh Bornare said Shivsainiks are happy with Shinde becoming the chief minister.

He evaded a query on whether development works in his constituency remained stuck in the last 2.5 years when Thackeray was in power.

"Notably, 50 MLAs have left (to join the Shinde camp) en masse. But I don't blame Uddhav Thackeray for this situation. A group of four people around him is responsible. They mistreated Shiv Sena MLAs," he said without taking names.

Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray is our ideal and we cannot forget the Thackeray family. He said he had joined the Shinde faction to ensure that five major issues in the Vaijapur segment are resolved.

"If these issues are not addressed, voters will not forgive me in 2024 (elections)," Bornare added.

Referring to the protests held against rebel MLAs in the Aurangabad district when they were camping with Shinde in Guwahati, Bornare said the agitating Shivsainiks were misled. 

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