Shiv Sena appoints Eknath Shinde as leader of Maharashtra legislative wing after Aaditya Thackeray tables motion to elect senior leader - LiveNow24x7: Latest News, breaking news, 24/7 news,live news

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Shiv Sena appoints Eknath Shinde as leader of Maharashtra legislative wing after Aaditya Thackeray tables motion to elect senior leader

Mumbai: The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected senior leader Eknath Shinde as leader of the party's legislative wing. Sunil Prabhu was elected as chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature.

File image of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. PTI

File image of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. PTI

Shinde, MLA from neighbouring Thane, was the leader of the House in the previous term as well, besides being a cabinet minister in the BJP-Sena government.

First-time MLA and Thackeray family scion Aaditya tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of house. Pratap Sarnaik seconded the motion.

Sena sources said party chief and Aaditya's father Uddhav Thackeray was not keen to appoint his son as the head of the Sena's legislative unit. Uddhav Thackeray was present at the meeting held at the Sena headquarters in Dadar. It was also attended by some of the independents who have extended support to the party which is locked in a tussle with the ally BJP after the 21 October Maharashtra elections, seeking equal sharing of the power.

The Sena has won 56 seats against the BJP's 105. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has claimed that seven independents are supporting it.

Meanwhile, senior Sena leaders will meet governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari this afternoon, party sources said.



October 31, 2019 at 03:55PM

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