Rahul Kanal, prominent Yuva Sena leader and trusted ally of MLA Aaditya Thackeray, officially joins Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena in Mumbai, Maharashtra in the presence of the Chief Minister.
This is being considered a big blow to Aaditya Thackeray and Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the party led by Uddhav Thackeray.
arlier on Friday, Kanal had told reporters, “I am going to join the Shinde group tomorrow and many workers will also join me. The Joining ceremony is at 12 noon tomorrow in the presence of CM Ekanth Shinde. Uddhav Thackeray takes decisions in his party at the behest of a few people and on their advice. There is also a thing called self-respect…tomorrow more than 1000 workers will join the Shinde group along with me.”
Kanal was expelled from the Shiv Sena (UBT) on Friday.
On Friday, the mouthpiece of the organisation, “Saamna,” published a news article announcing the dissolution of the Bandra (W) unit of the Yuva Sena, the party’s youth wing. It was reported that Kanal was a member of the Bandra (W) unit.
Expressing his disappointment on Twitter, Kanal (36) stated, “Feeling sad! Very well know who has done this but removing people who have worked for you without a hearing is arrogance…” It appears that the reference was directed towards Aaditya Thackeray himself.
Sources indicate that several members of the Yuva Sena had complained to Aaditya about Kanal, accusing him of arrogance. Furthermore, in March of last year, Kanal’s premises were raided by the Income Tax authorities.