Nobody can take away ‘bow and arrow’ symbol from Shiv Sena, says Uddhav; dares rebels to face mid term polls

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Uddhav Thackeray, the head of the Shiv Sena, declared on Friday that no one could take away his party’s “bow and arrow” symbol after the dissident Sena group claimed ownership of the emblem.

Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena, who is currently the chief minister of Maharashtra, raised a banner of rebellion against the party leadership last month. This action ultimately caused the Sena, NCP, and Congress-led MVA governments to fall. Mr. Shinde took the oath of office on June 29, one day after Mr. Thackeray submitted his resignation as state chief minister and Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP was sworn in as his deputy. 40 Sena dissident MLAs support Mr. Shinde in his endeavours.

In an effort to allay the worries of his party members, Mr. Thackeray stated that voters do not only consider the candidate’s affiliation with the Shiv Sena while casting their ballots, but also the candidate themselves.

The breakaway faction’s leader had stated on Thursday that Mr. Thackeray should also speak to the BJP because the dissidents had allied with that party if there was any chance of reconciliation with the parent party.

Mr. Thackeray criticised the dissident group for remaining silent throughout the past 2.5 years when the BJP targeted and “abused” him and his family.

He claimed that instead of the “betrayal” that occurred last week, the change of power in the state might have occurred in 2019 with dignity and grace.

Additionally, Mr. Thackeray stated that he will decide which presidential candidate to endorse after speaking with the party’s MPs. Rahul Shewale, a Sena Lok Sabha member, pleaded with him earlier this week to instruct the party’s MPs to support Droupadi Murmu of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Mr. Thackeray did not answer any questions from the media at his news conference.

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