The Shiv Sena on Monday said it was a “bush fire” that could never be extinguished and vowed to “recover” from the electoral commission’s decision to freeze the party’s name and symbol, which Uddhav Thackeray said faction was nothing less than “injustice”. . The EBI on October 8th froze the party’s bow-and-arrow symbol and use of its name ahead of the November 3rd Andheri East Assembly by-election in Mumbai.
An editorial in the Samaana party mouthpiece said: “This (EC decision) is the sin of Delhi. Dishonest people have committed this dishonesty. But we want to assure that we will remain strong despite countless disasters.” The EC made a “cruel” decision to “terminate the Shiv Sena founded by Bal Thackeray” because the “traitors” led by (Maharashtra Chief Minister) Eknath Shinde, had objected, the editorial claimed. “With this decision, the Electoral Commission has spread darkness in Maharashtra. 56 years ago, Balasaheb Thackeray lit a bushfire for Marathi identity and to bring justice to the Marathi-speaking population. But Eknath Shinde and 40 other traitors have become slaves of Delhi (centre) to finish off the Shiv Sena,” she further claimed.
The names of Shinde and his faction MPs will go down in history in “black ink” as “Aurangzeb’s ruthlessness” pales in comparison to those who sold Maharashtra’s self-esteem to fill the post of CM and a few ministerial posts to get editorially claimed. The “true broker” of this chain of events is the Bharatiya Janata Party, with its former state unit chief Chandrakant Patil himself, who claims the plan to split the Shiv Sena has been underway for the past two and a half years, the Uddhav Thackeray claimed -Fraction.
“(Union Interior Minister) Amit Shah had said ‘level the Shiv Sena to the ground’ and (Maharashtra, Deputy Prime Minister Devendra) Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena no longer exists. Since they can’t take us over directly, they’re taking refuge in courts and EC to shoot us,” the editorial said. Discussing that the EC’s decision was similar to that taken in relation to Bihar’s Lok Janshakti party, the editorial said the Shiv Sena differed from the former as it was a “bush fire” that cannot be deleted.
Despite the use of funds and central investigative agencies, the Shiv Sena is owned by Bal Thackeray and scores of workers continue to pledge allegiance to the party, even though “40 MLAs and 12 MPs” have defected. “The decision of the electoral commission is nothing but wrong. The EK is expected to work independently and not be under pressure. But everything that has happened here is the opposite,” the editorial claimed.
In a scathing attack on Shinde, the Thackeray faction said no such “demon” had ever existed in the state for the past 5,000 years, adding that even Pakistan will be as happy as Shinde at the European Commission’s decision. The “sin” committed by Shinde is flattened by the “curse” of Bal Thackeray, according to Saamana’s editorial.
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