Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 12-01-2023 | 07:28 am
MUMBAI: With Uddhav Thackeray's term as party president ending on January 23, the Shiv Sena (UBT) has asked the Election Commission (EC) for permission to hold internal organisational elections. Uddhav was elected as party president by the Sena's national executive in January 2018 for a five-year term, which ends this month. "Our lawyers have told EC that the term (of the party president) is ending in January 2023. We have asked EC to allow us to hold elections for the post of party president and other leaders of the national executive before the term ends. If EC has any objection to this, it must ad interim allow the current structure to continue and extend its term, so that Uddhavji's term as party president continues," Sena (UBT) MP Anil Desai said. The elections are to be held to comply with the EC's directives to political parties to hold internal organisational elections. The Shiv Sena (UBT) had dissolved the post of executive president which Uddhav held in Balasaheb Thackeray's lifetime. Uddhav took the post of 'paksh pramukh' (party president) later. According to Sena leaders, the national executive is the Sena's highest decision-making body which is headed by the party president.The EC is currently hearing a case between the two Sena factions, led by Uddhav and CM Ekanth Shinde respectively, and is expected to decide which is the real Sena. Last year, guided by the urgency to take an interim call on the ongoing dispute between the two Shiv Sena camps in view of the assembly bypoll in Andheri (East), the EC froze the Sena's reserved poll symbol of 'bow and arrow' till such time that it determines which of the two factions - the one headed by Uddhav or the other by CM Shinde - should be recognised as the 'real' Shiv Sena. The Shiv Sena (UBT) was then allotted the 'mashaal' symbol and the Shinde faction got the 'two swords and a shield' symbol. Uddhav took charge as the party president on January 23, 2013, after the death of Bal Thackeray in November 2012."Legislative strength is not the only deciding factor. They are taking objection to Uddhavji's election in 2018 now after taking tickets from him in 2019. They are contradicting themselves. We have full faith in the EC and judiciary," Desai said.
MUMBAI: Polling for five MLC seats for the teachers (Nagpur, Aurangabad and Konkan) and graduates (Nashik and Amravati) constituencies, marked by a controversy over the suspension of a father-son duo from the Congress for anti-party activities and utter confusion over selection of official nominees by political parties, took place on Monday.Though there are several candidates in the fray, it appears that there will be a straight contest between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the BJP candidates. Counting will be held on February 2.The polling percentage in Nashik was 49.3; in Amravati it was 49.7, in Aurangabad 86, in Nagpur 86.2 and in Konkan it was 91 (figures rounded off).Such elections are barely controversial. But high drama was witnessed over the Nashik division graduates seat after Congress nominee Sudhir Tambe failed to submit his nomination form before the deadline and his son Satyajeet filed his instead as an independent canddiate.Sudhir Tambe is the brother-in-law of Congress legislature party leader and former revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. The Congress high command had approved Sudhir Tambe's nomination, while he was keen on his son Satyajeet, a former state youth Congress president, getting nominated.According to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, the AICC had given Sudhir Tambe a blank authorization form so that either he or his son could file the nomination. On the last day of filing nominations, both the father and son reached the election office, but Satyajeet Tambe filed papers. MPCC president Nana Patole reacted sharply, alleging the Tambe family had ditched the Congress. According to reports, Satyajeet Tambe was vying for the BJP's support, but it did not take any decision.On the other hand, BJP activist Shubhangi Patil too was vying for the BJP's nomination, and when she failed to get it, she approached Uddhav Thackeray for the MVA's support. After several rounds of talks, the MVA alliance supported the candidature of Patil. As a result, Nashik will witness a straight between the BJP and the Congress rebel.Satyajeet' Tambe's presence in the fray is being viewed as a major embarrassment for Thorat. Patole claimed that the MVA nominees will win all five seats. "Teachers and graduates in these constituencies are with the MVA," he said. Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had toured extensively to campaign for the MVA and BJP nominees respectively for these five council constituencies.
NEW DELHI: The final written submissions in the Shiv Sena symbol dispute were made by the two rival factions -- one headed by Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and the other by his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray -- before the Election Commission on Monday, putting an end to hearing of arguments in the case. This has paved the way for EC to pronounce its judgement on which of the two factions is the "real" Shiv Sena.There is no clarity yet on the timing of the EC decision in the case that relates to the dispute between the two rival factions over the use of 'Shiv Sena' name and its reserved symbol ‘bow and arrow'.As of now the two factions are using separate party names and symbols allotted to them after the EC 'froze' the Shiv Sena name and party symbol until the dispute was decided by it. The two factions gave their final written submissions on Monday, after conclusion of the oral arguments, EC sources confirmed to TOI. A judgement will be pronounced by EC in due course after carefully weighing all aspects, they added.The EC decision in the Sena symbol dispute is keenly awaited ahead of the ensuing Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls. While it is not clear when the EC will pronounce its verdict, the bypoll process for two Maharashtra assembly seats – Kasba Peth and Chinchwad – is already underway. The polling in the two constituencies — to which EC had announced bypoll on January 18 — is scheduled to be held on February 27.
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday said that in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will break all records and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will retain power with a thumping majority. He was talking to reporters after attending the live screening of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' event addressed by PM Modi. Shinde saw the programme at the municipal school in Kisan Nagar locality of the city, where he had studied.Stating that he was pleased to witness the 'Pariksha Pe Charcha' programme in Thane, where he grew up, Shinde added that he was proud of being a civic school student. Replying to a question on the results of a recent political survey conducted by a media house on the next year's Lok Sabha polls, he said, "In the next general elections, PM Modi will break all records and the NDA will return to power with a thumping majority." Shinde said a survey conducted on just a handful of people does not give a true picture. "They ignored the results of the recently-concluded gram panchayat elections, where the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena (Shinde-led faction) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) performed very well," he said. "In politics, two plus two is not always four. A survey based on just a handful of people does not give the real picture...I have got the details of how many people were surveyed. I do not want to go into any figures," he said. In the two-and-a-half years before he became the chief minister, a "government with negativity" was in power, Shinde said while referring to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray. But there is a government with positivity in the state now. There was dissatisfaction in the state during the previous government's rule. But we launched several development works and changed the entire atmosphere in the state, he said. "Now, even I will not be able to say as to who will join hands with whom and whose alliance will break apart. But the Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena and BJP have been doing good work and this is a government of the common man. People have already decided whom they will vote for and we understand people's response," he said. "The survey said that the NDA government will come to power and that the popularity of PM Modi is increasing. Is it any different in Maharashtra?...We will be leading whenever elections are held. People of the state have already made up their mind. Hence, those who want to enjoy the opinion poll results for the next one-and-a-half years, let them enjoy," he said. "We are not afraid of elections. Future itself will give replies to the predictions of the survey," he said. During his visit to Thane city on Thursday, Shiv Sena (UBT) president and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had alleged that the Sena and Maharashtra were defamed due to the "betrayal and defections" that took place, a reference to Shinde and 39 MLAs bringing down the MVA government.Replying to Thackeray's remarks, Shinde said, "We give replies through our work. If you make two allegations, we will carry out four works. It will be our reply. People are not interested in allegations and counter-allegations." "When 50 MLAs, 13 MPs and several office-bearers of the party across the country and even close relatives deserted them, then they should have done soul searching and introspected. Instead of that, they are indulging in allegations. I wish them all the best," he said. Students from 968 schools, including 140 civic ones, in Thane witnessed the 'Pariksha pe Charcha' programme at their schools, BJP MLC and party's Thane city district president Niranjan Davkhare said in a release.
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