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Sanjay Nirupam in making

Prem Shukla is following the footsteps of Sanjay Nirupam who had resigned from the post of Executive Editor of Dopahar Ka Saamna.

Prem Shukla, Executive Editor of Shiv Sena’s Hindi daily Dopahar Ka Saamna quit Shiv Sena and is likely to join BJP. He was believed to have fallen out with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray of late. Shukla e-mailed his resignation yesterday afternoon to Uddhav, the Editor and Chief Trustee of ‘Prabodhan Prakashan’, the publisher of the tabloid. Shukla was the party’s face for putting forth its view on various issues before print as well as electronic media. He of late stopped participating in television debates, reportedly at the behest of Uddhav as the latter believed that Shukla was siding with the BJP. Thus, Shukla is following the footsteps of Sanjay Nirupam who had resigned from the post of executive editor of Dopahar Ka Saamna and quit Shiv Sena in 2005. Shukla will make his foray into active politics after joining the saffron party. He had done a good job in the capacity of Executive Editor with the Sena mouthpiece and is known for his writings. According to sources, Shukla was keen to enter active politics but he was being sidelined by Shiv Sena.

According to sources, “Shukla had a few rounds of discussion with BJP’s national general secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal followed by party president Amit Shah, which has paved his way to join the BJP.”

Subsequently he took a decision to resign from the post of Executive Editor of Dopahar Ka Saamna. Shukla is very popular in the Purvanchal region of UP and he can strengthen the party’s base in this area.

Hari Singh Raj Purohit said, “Shiv Sena is one of the political institutes and many alumnus have come out of this institute.”

Namraj Joshi said, “This had to happen sooner or later. Since it has occurred on new year’s eve is a sign that 2016 is a year of change for Prem Shukla. He is bound to stand out wherever he goes. My best wishes to him for his next innings.”

Ravi Shankar Mishra said, “When political party leaders are not doing anything when they are here then is it right for journalists to enter this arena?”

Prabha Shankar Shukla said, “Prem Shukla possesses national leadership qualities. If he is entering BJP then why should we be surprised about it?”

Prem Shukla said, “I will be assigned a responsible post in the BJP and I will work for the development of the party. I will work from Delhi and spend more time for the cause of the party.”

Shukla hails from Banbokar village of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. He completed his studies in Mumbai. Shukla joined Dopahar Ka Saamna after Sanjay Nirupam resigned from Shiv Sena in the year 2005. Since then he has been working as the Executive Editor of the newspaper. In a signed article, Prem Shukla, had written that if Shiv Sena would not have extended support, even Modi’s father, Damodardas, could not have won majority in Lok Sabha elections.

Defending his write up, Prem Shukla said that he is fully entitled to express his views and that he stands by whatever he has written.

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