Mumbai, October 10: 26 Shiv Sena corporators and around 300 workers of the party have sent their resignation to the party chief Uddhav Thackeray citing their 'unhappiness over the distribution of seats' for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections. This has come as a major set back to the party.
According to a Times of India report, they have resigned in support of the party's rebel candidate Dhananjay Bodare. The party leaders are reportedly upset over the party's order to support BJP candidate Ganpat Gaikwad because the local Shiv Sena leaders wanted a party candidate on this seat which went to BJP in the seat-sharing deal. Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Devendra Fadnavis Files Nomination From Nagpur South-West in Presence of Mentor Nitin Gadkari.
The mass resignation is a result of a diktat from the party's top bosses and they have decided to help Bodare and not Gaikwad.
Check ANI tweet:
Maharashtra: 26 Shiv Sena corporators and around 300 workers of the party have sent their resignation to the party chief Uddhav Thackeray citing their 'unhappiness over the distribution of seats' for the upcoming #MaharashtraAssemblyPolls pic.twitter.com/yqlOtrpJ23
— ANI (@ANI) October 10, 2019
Elections in Maharashtra are scheduled to be held in a single-phase across the 288 constituencies. The counting of votes and the final results will be declared on October 24. Fadnavis, the incumbent CM, is projected by the BJP to lead the state if the party returns to power. Their coalition partner, Shiv Sena, has not backed the move and reiterated that the next Chief Minister would be a Shiv Sainik.