Uddhav Thackeray “Removes” Eknath Shinde As “Leader”

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Mumbai: In the heated battle over claims to the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray on Friday removed newly appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde from the post of Shiv Sena leader in the party organisation.

In a letter issued by the party, Mr Thackeray said that Mr Shinde has been indulging in “anti-party activities” and has voluntarily given up his membership.

“In exercise of the powers vested in me as the Shivsena Paksha Pramukha, I remove you from the post of Shivsena Leader in the party organisation,” the letter signed by Uddhav Thackeray said.

While Mr Shinde has claimed that he is the leader of Shiv Sena and the Thackeray camp is a minority, he never called himself Paksha Pramukh (party chief). Mr Thackeray is technically still the party chief.

Earlier, Mr Shinde sent out a subtle message positioning himself as the political heir to Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. He changed the profile picture of his Twitter handle to one with Balasaheb Thackeray, a fiery Hindutva icon and the mascot of Maratha pride.

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