Will take over `shakhas` where illegal activities are being carried out: Mhaske
Naresh Mhaske of the Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena on Saturday said his party will take over all those `shakhas` of the undivided party that were being used for inappropriate activities, reported the PTI.
The Shiv Sena had recently taken over a shakha in this manner in Mumbra are of Thane district in Maharashtra and had proceeded with its demolition to build it anew, causing tension with functionaries of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT).
Uddhav Thackeray is expected to visit the area on Saturday and a sizable number of police personnel has been deployed to ensure there is no fallout over this issue, a local official said, as per the PTI.
Naresh Mhaske claimed that Uddhav Thackeray was visiting Mumbra on the advice of NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, adding that posters welcoming the former chief minister did not have images of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray and late Anand Dighe, the undivided party`s Thane strongman.
Meanwhile, amid the ongoing tussle between factions of Shiv Sena led by incumbent chief minister Eknath Shinde and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra, MP Sanjay Raut hit out at the Maharashtra Government over the demolition of Uddhav Sena Shakha in Mumbra.
Sanjay Raut also criticized the Maharashtra Police for not taking any action.
“…The way in which the bulldozer was run over in Mumbra, will we keep watching? When the bulldozer was being run over our Shakha, were the police sleeping? … When Uddhav Thackeray announced that he would go there, the police became active and said they would stop him…We are also Shiv Sena. We have the DNA of Bala Saheb Thackeray; we are not bogus… We will go to Mumbra in the evening…” the Uddhav-led Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said while addressing a press conference.
Fresh Tensions simmered between the Shinde Sena and the Uddhav Sena after the Shinde faction bulldozed a 25-year-old Shakha of the Shiv Sena in Mumbra on November 2.
Since the split of the Shiv Sena and the merger of Shinde faction with BJP, there has been a continuous war of words between the two parties.
(with PTI inputs)