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Uddhav Thackeray responsible for dwindling Marathi-speaking population in Mumbai, says Eknath Shinde

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Maharashtra CM accuses Thackeray of deceiving his father Bal Thackeray into joining Congress

Maharashtra CM accuses Thackeray of deceiving his father Bal Thackeray into joining Congress

Sounding the bell of the Shiv Sena (Shinde faction) poll for the upcoming civic polls in Maharashtra, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday lashed out at Sena Chairman Uddhav Thackeray alleging that the latter is not He hadn’t just cheated on his father – the late Sena founder, Bal Thackeray. – by allying himself with the Congress, but was responsible for the decline of the Marathi-speaking population in the city of Mumbai.

Addressing a massive rally in Paithan in Aurangabad district, Mr Shinde, whose rebel Sena faction is in alliance with the BJP, demanded that Mr Thackeray, the former chief minister, explain to the people of state why the Marathi speaking population left Mumbai.

“If they [Uddhav camp] are so concerned about mumbai so why wouldn’t you [Mr. Thackeray] post how many Marathi speaking people stay in Mumbai? Did you bother to analyze why they were expelled from Mumbai and forced to move to suburbs like Virar and Badlapur? They have to do an analysis of that through samana [Thackeray faction’s mouthpiece]but they won’t have the courage to do it,” Mr. Shinde said.

The Chief Minister said if Mr Thackeray understood the plight of Marathi speakers, their percentage would not have gone down in the city of Mumbai.

He claimed that while the Thackeray faction had no qualms about asking for votes on behalf of Marathi speakers, the fate of the latter was ignored once the elections were over.

show of strength

The object behind Mr Shinde’s show of force is to challenge Thackeray’s beleaguered faction in the latter’s strongholds in the civic bodies of Mumbai and Aurangabad, where the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena ruled for more than two decades.

This time, with Mr Shinde breaking away from the majority of Sena MPs and MPs to ally himself with the BJP, both parties are determined to end the Thackerays’ supremacy in these two civic bodies.

Targeting Mr Thackeray by remarking that he should be held accountable before the Maharashtra public for why he cheated on Bal Thackeray and drowned out his father’s Hindutva ideals by allying himself with Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, Mr Shinde said, “Today we have 160 MPs but the Maharashtra Assembly election of 2024 will see 200 Shiv Sena MPs [Shinde faction]-BJP Alliance.

Remarking that today the Uddhav camp had only to throw small jokes at the Shinde camp, the chief minister said his faction would give Mr Thackeray an appropriate response through his work.

“We don’t need to pay crowds for our rallies,” Mr Shinde said, referring to Camp Thackeray’s accusation that the rebel faction was paying people to boost their audience.

Claiming that the “beautification” of convict Yakub Memon’s grave in the 1993 Mumbai blasts took place under Mr Thackeray’s MVA government, Mr Shinde denounced the rival Sena camp’s accusation that the rebels were mere “servants” of the BJP.

“Instead of being servants of traitors like Memon, it is better to be one of the Prime Minister [Narendra] fashion and [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah, who had the courage to remove Article 370 in Kashmir,” said the Chief Minister.