New Shiv Sena Bhavan: Shinde Camp Minister Refutes Rumours As 'Misconception'
While the Supreme Court considers the Shiv Sena claim, the Shinde camp is looking for a new Shivsena Bhavan – a party office for the rebel faction. Rumours have it that the rebel group is attempting to establish a parallel Sena headquarters. According to sources, in addition to Shivsena Bhavan, they intend to open new shakhas or local party offices throughout the country.
The new Bhavan's location has not yet been determined, but sources say it will be near the original Shivsena Bhavan in Mumbai's Dadar.
Newly appointed Maharashtra minister Uday Samant dismissed speculation about a parallel Sena Bhavan as a 'misconception'.
"There is a misconception that a comparable Shivsena Bhavan is being established in Dadar; however, we are seeking to find a central office so that the CM can meet with common people; we respect Shivsena Bhavan and will go on to do so," he tweeted.
Eknath Shinde, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has cited his groups as the "true Shiv Sena" and a follower of Balasaheb Thackeray's ideology while implicating the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of fluctuating from the ideals of the party's founder, Balasaheb Thackeray.
Eknath Shinde, who formed a new government in the state by forming alliances with the BJP, expanded his cabinet earlier this week in response to mounting criticism of a "two-person government." The Thackeray faction has asserted that administering ministerial oaths to rebel MLAs whose disqualification petitions are currently being heard by the Supreme Court equates to "murder of democracy and the Constitution."
CM Shinde expanded his two-member ministry on Tuesday, 41 days after taking oath as Chief Minister, by incorporating 18 ministers, nine from his rebel Shiv Sena cohort and nine from the BJP.
The Thackeray camp is also fighting to keep their election symbol, which the Shinde camp also claims. According to reports, the Election Commission (EC) has given the Uddhav Thackeray faction 15 more days to submit documents to substantiate its claim on the party's election symbol, a "bow and arrow."
मुंबई दादर येथे प्रति शिवसेना भवन मा. एकनाथजी शिंदे करत आहेत हा गैरसमज पसरवला जात आहे..मा. मुख्यमंत्री महोदयांना सर्वसामान्य जनतेला भेटता याव ह्यासाठी मध्यवर्ती कार्यालय असावे आमचा प्रयत्न आहे..शिवसेना भवन बद्दल आम्हाला कालही आदर होता उद्याही राहील.— Uday Samant (@samant_uday) August 12, 2022
Eknath Shinde and 39 other Sena legislators rebelled against the party leadership in June of this year, causing the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to collapse. The Shiv Sena, Congress, and Nationalist Congress Party formed the MVA. Mr Thackeray, according to the Shinde faction,
On June 30, Eknath Shinde took the oath of office as a chief minister alongside BJP leader and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.