Uddhav Thackeray in city today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2018 10:04:15


Staff Reporter,

To discuss party preparedness in LS constituencies in Vidarbha with partymen

Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, will be in the city on Friday. He will take stock of the preparedness of Shiv Sena in all Lok Sabha (LS) constituencies in Vidarbha region. All the LS-wise meetings will be held in Ravi Bhavan.
All the top-leaders of the party from Vidarbha region have been asked to attend the meeting. These leaders include Members of Parliament, legislators, District In-charges and Joint In-charges, District Chiefs and their deputies, Tehsil Chiefs, City Chiefs (municipal corporation areas), Women Organiser In-charges and Organisers for each district, Mayors and Zilla Parishad Presidents.

The LS constituency-wise meetings will start at 11 am with Nagpur LS constituency. It will be followed by meeting for Ramtek LS constituency at 11.30 am.
Each meeting will last for half-an-hour as per the schedule of Uddhav Thackeray.

The meetings for Wardha, Chandrapur, Bhandara-Gondia, Amravati, Yavatmal-Washim, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Akola, and Buldhana LS constituencies will be held in that sequence.
Thackeray’s Nagpur visit is aimed at getting to know the opinion of Shiv Sena leaders from Vidarbha region regarding political course of the party in next elections to Lok Sabha as well as State Legislative Assembly. Sanjay Rathod, Minister of State; Diwakar Raote, Transport Minister; Arvind Sawant and Krupal Tumane, Members of Parliament; Milind Narvekar will attend the meetings. Shiv Sena chief’s visit assumes significance against the backdrop of the party’s strong stand against Vidarbha statehood. Also, the party is against Naner refinery project in Konkan. In fact, Thackeray had recently made a suggestion that the project should be shifted to Vidarbha region.

As far as Shiv Sena’s presence in Vidarbha is concerned, it has Members of Parliament from Ramtek, Amravati, Yavatmal-Washim, and Buldhana. The party has not been able to find strong candidates in remaining six Lok Sabha seats in the region. Besides, in the last elections to State Legislative Assembly, the party could win only four seats in the region despite fielding candidates in all the seats after it contested the polls after breaking pre-poll alliance with old ally Bharatiya Janata Party.

Now, it wants to assess the situation in Vidarbha region if at all it contests the next elections independently.
However, compared to BJP, Shiv Sena has got a very poor network in the region.