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All is not well in Shinde camp?

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The Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray is still hopeful that everything is going to be well. They feel that after the upcoming cabinet expansion of the Eknath Shinde government, the rebel MLAs who miss the ministerial post will come back to Thackeray. Shiv Sena has 40 MLAs in Shinde camp and around 10 MLAs from other smaller parties and independents. Many of these MLAs are hopeful that they will find a place in the cabinet of Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis.

In the meantime, high-profile Shiv Sena rebel Abdul Sattar is the first MLA beneficiary of the new government led by Eknath Shinde. As per an order uploaded on the state government’s website, the state on July 13 has sanctioned Rs 15. 17 crores for Sillod-based National Cooperative Spinning Mill promoted by Sattar and led by his son Samir. The funds will be considered the state’s share capital for the Rs 80 crore project. Sattar has set up the cooperative spinning mill and his son Samir is leading the unit. He said it will help with development in the Aurangabad area.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has sacked former minister Vijay Shivtare for “anti-party activities”. The sacking of Shivtare, who had represented the Purandar constituency in the Pune district, was announced in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. Talking to reporters in Pune after his expulsion, Shivtare said the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is the “real” Shiv Sena. “No one in Shiv Sena was happy over the decision to join hands with Congress in 2019 (after polls when Maha Vikas Aghadi was formed).

The party upholding Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva was the real Shiv Sena,” said Shivtare, who had served as a minister in the erstwhile Devendra Fadnavis-led government (2014-19). He cited the example of the Kolhapur north assembly bypoll held earlier this year to claim that Shiv Sena’s voter base was affected as the Congress candidate won by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of over 18,000 votes.

The Congress candidate was fielded by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) of which the Sena is the main constituent. In that bypoll, the Congress candidate bagged 96,000 votes, 5,000 more than the votes polled in the 2019 Assembly elections. In 2019, Congress had polled 91,000 votes while Shiv Sena had about 45,000. Shivtare blamed Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for “pushing” the party towards the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“A simple arithmetic is that when two regional parties come together, one of them will suffer. Raut doesn’t seem to know even this basic math of votes. It is not known whether his (Raut’s) loyalty is for Pawar or Thackeray,” he said. Shivtare also said he would welcome the reunion in the event of the factions led by Shinde and Thackeray coming together.

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