Eknath Shinde elected as leader of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra assembly

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Thursday unanimously elected senior minister Eknath Shinde as the party’s legislative leader.

His name was proposed by Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray at a party meeting held today at the Shiv Sena Bhawan in central Mumbai. A day ago, the BJP had elected Devendra Fadnavis as their legislative leader.

While Eknath Shinde was elected as the party’s legislative leader, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu has been elected as the chief whip.

The development comes after Aaditya Thackeray, the family’s first entrant to enter the state assembly, reportedly told party workers that he does not want to be a part of the government now.

Senior leaders from the party including Uddhav Thackeray agreed and unanimously elected Shinde to be the party’s legislative leader in the Maharashtra assembly.

It has also come to notice that Shiv Sena MLAs will now meet Maharashtra governor at 3.30 pm. Aditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde, Diwakar Raote, Subhash Desai and all newly-elected MLAs will be part of the delegation that will meet with the governor.

Earlier in the day, the Shiv Sena attacked ally BJP just a day after the Uddhav Thackeray-led party softened its demand for the post of Maharashtra CM for 2.5 years.

In its editorial mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena said the deadlock between the two parties is not over the Maharashtra chief minister’s post but also over the events that have occurred in the past.

The Saamana editorial also asked why there was a deadlock over chief ministerial berth when it was clearly decided earlier. It was referring to the 50-50 power-sharing agreement between the BJP and Sena ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019.

“We live by our word. If Shiv Sena is saying they are going by what is decided, there should be no deadlock. What is seen as a deadlock is a chakravyuh,” said the Saamana editorial.

On BJP’s view that the chief minister’s post does not come under equal seat sharing clause, the Shiv Sena editorial said the rules of seat-sharing will have to be rewritten.

As the situation stands, The BJP is will to give 13-14 cabinet berths to the Shiv Sena but the former has demanded at least 18 including some top portfolios.

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