Uddhav Thackeray in city on May 11, to hold parleys with Sena workers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 09:39:12



Staff Reporter,

In view to assess the preparedness of the party machinery to contest next assembly and parliament election separately, Uddhav Thackeray, Executive President of Shiv Sena will visit Nagpur on May 11 to hold parleys with party cadres. All the top-leaders of the party from Vidarbha are expected to attend the meeting.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are in power in Maharashtra. Both the parties contested Parliamentary election jointly but parted ways during assembly elections. After blowing hot and cold for last three and half years, the BJP is trying to woo Shiv Sena to contest next elections jointly. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is still confident that Shiv Sena would join the alliance to keep pseudo-secular and rank casteist parties away from the power. However, Shiv Sena has decided to contest both the elections separately and has steadfastly refused to respond positively to this appeal made by the Chief Minister. Sena which is holding ministerial portfolios both at Centre and State had not lost a single chance to take pot-shots at both Prime Minister and Chief Minister.

Uddhav Thackeray is coming Nagpur to know the opinion of Shiv Sena leaders of Vidarbha. Minister of State Sanjay Rathod, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, all District Chiefs and Sampark Pramukh, MPs Arvind Sawant, Krupal Tumane, Shiv Sena leader Milind Narvekar will remain present. Sena has already adopted a strong line on United Maharashtra and also against Naner refinery project in Konkan while advocating its shifting to Vidarbha region.

Presently, Shiv Sena is contesting only on four seats of Lok Sabha in Vidarbha. The party has Members of Parliament from Amravati, Ramtek, Yavatmal- Washim and Buldhana. The party has to search for candidates in remaining 6 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha. The party does not have a good organisation in these Lok Sabha seats while BJP has a very strong network in all ten seats spread over 11 districts of Nagpur and Amravati divisions. The next election of Lok Sabha is one year away and party is searching for good candidates to contest the elections.

Shiv Sena did not get good response in last assembly elections in the region. The party bagged only four seats in the region in-spite of contesting all the assembly seats. The party used to have a double digit tally whenever it contested polls in alliance with BJP. The party is hoping that they would get good response in atleast 15-20 seats, if they contest independently. The party will design its next strategy in the meeting.