Now former legislators also want Shiv Sena to quit MVA, says ex-minister Vijay Shivtare
After over 40 of its sitting MLAs rebelled citing their “political emasculation” by the NCP, the Shiv Sena has now been urged by its former legislators also to quit the ruling alliance with the Congress and the NCP “to keep the party organisation intact”, according to a former minister.
“The Shiv Sena legislators under the leadership of Eknath Shinde have taken the right decision of not continuing with the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance with the Congress and the NCP, and joining hands with the BJP, citing Hindutva. I have been in touch with many former Sena legislators across the state and everyone is of the same view: stand with Shinde,” said former minister Vijay Shivtare on Wednesday.
He was defeated in the 2019 election by Sanjay Jagtap, a Congress candidate supported by the NCP.
According to Shivtare, though the Sena managed to get the post of chief minister after joining hands with the Congress and the NCP, the party has suffered a lot at the local level in the past two and a half years. “The Shiv Sena is much more important to us than the MVA. You, as chief of the Shiv Sena, should take into consideration the desire of the rebel legislators and others to quit the MVA,” he said in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
As of now 51 legislators have demanded the Sena quit the alliance, the former minister said, “The Sena lost to Congress and NCP candidates in 52 seats in the 2019 Assembly elections. Of the total 90.5 lakh votes polled by the Sena, around 44 lakh went to Sena candidates who lost to Congress and NCP candidates. Thus, it will be an injustice to the 44 lakh Shiv Sena voters to continue with the Congress and the NCP as these political parties are all set to stake claims for the seats in any pre-poll alliance for the next Assembly election.”
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