Setback for Shiv Sena: Upset over Thackeray’s move, Its 400 workers join BJP in Mumbai

In a big jolt to Shiv Sena, its 400 workers moved to the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) at an event organized in Dharavi on Wednesday

According to the reports, Shiv Sena workers were upset over party Chief Uddhav Thackeray joining hands with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form government in Maharashtra. They came with BJP after Uddhav Thackeray joined hands with NCP and Congress which do not support Hindutva ideology.

“I was working with Shiv Sena for 10 years. We were supporting the Hindutva ideology of Sena. I was given an office to serve people but as Sena has decided to form the government with NCP and Congress, it is not acceptable to us. Now, we all have decided to join BJP,” Ramesh Nadar, Sena leader who was heading the delegation of people joining BJP, said.

He added that not just the 400 party workers, but there were several others who were also unhappy with Sena.

“No one understands the feelings and sentiments of a supporter who actually works for the party without anything in return. Also, in last the seven years, we were fighting against the NCP and Congress supporters. During elections, it is the karyakartas who actually go door-to-door for seeking votes. How do we go back and face the same people whom we have asked to vote for an honest government?” he said.

BJP and Shiv Sena both contested the assembly polls together and secured an absolute majority. After the election, a conflict came between Shiv Sena and BJP for Maharashtra CM post. Shiv Sena had been insisting on sharing chief minister’s post but BJP denied saying, there was no such deal. Later, the Shiv Sena held a negotiation with the NCP and the Congress to form a non-BJP government.

On November 28, Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra. Six others from Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP were also present at the sworn-in ceremony. Uddhav Thackeray is also the first person from his family to hold the post.

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