Eknath Shinde Camp Can’t Run Without Money, Shiv Sainiks Loyal With Me: Uddhav Thackeray

Last Update: 21 August 2022, 22:07 IST

Former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is contesting from Shinde faction of Shiv Sena. (File photo: PTI)

Addressing Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai, the former chief minister said the people of Maharashtra are waiting for the assembly elections to “teach the traitors a lesson”.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said honest Shiv Sena workers are with him while the rebel camp led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde cannot function without money. Addressing Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai, the former chief minister said that the people of Maharashtra are waiting for the assembly elections to “teach the traitors a lesson”. He said that the Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government does not have the courage to go ahead with the assembly elections.

They cannot function without ‘Khoka’ (box of money). Thackeray said that we also have boxes, which are full of people honest and loyal to Shiv Sena. The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday petitions filed by Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde on disqualification of MLAs and other technical issues. Against this background, the Shiv Sena chief said, I do not care what the court decides. I respect the judiciary.”

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government collapsed in June due to revolt by Shinde and 39 of the Shiv Sena’s 55 MLAs. After the fall of the MVA government, Shinde was sworn in as Chief Minister with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is the Deputy Chief Minister in the new government.

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