Ex-Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray demands mid-term polls

Amid a tussle with the rebel faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde over claiming the party’s ballot symbol, Shiv Sena Chairman Uddhav Thackeray claimed on Friday July 8 that the symbol ” bow and arrow” would remain with the original party.

He also demanded midterm elections in Maharashtra, saying people should be allowed to take a stand on toppling the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government he leads.

Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Thackeray said the change of power in the state could have happened with grace and dignity in 2019 and not with “betrayal” as was done last week.

He was referring to the separation of the Sena and the BJP after the results of the 2019 assembly ballot on the issue of chief minister by rotation.

Thackeray denounced rebel group Shiv Sena for keeping his mother when the BJP targeted and “abused” him and his family for the past two and a half years.

“You keep in touch with them and betray your own party like that,” he said without naming Shinde.

He said that the Supreme Court verdict which will be handed down on July 11 will not only decide the future of shiv sena but also the future of Indian democracy. The Supreme Court is due to rule on a motion to disqualify 16 rebel Shiv Sena MPs.

Thackeray said he consulted constitutional experts, who told him there could be a split in the legislative party, but the original party remained and could not be ended.

“The Legislative Party and the Parent Party are two different entities. There should be no confusion over the symbol. The Shiv Sainiks must be assured that the symbol of the bow and arrow will remain with us,” a- he declared.

Thackeray also said he would make a decision on which candidate to support for the presidential election after consulting with party MPs.

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