Tensions flared on the eve of the 11th death anniversary of Shiv Sena’s founder, Balasaheb Thackeray, as around 60 workers from rival factions within the party were booked by the police following a violent altercation at the memorial in Shivaji Park.
The clash unfolded between supporters aligned with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction and those loyal to Uddhav Thackeray, the party chief. Reports indicate that the confrontation escalated when senior leaders from both factions were expected to pay their respects at the memorial.
According to police sources, the conflict erupted as members of the Shinde-led group began chanting slogans claiming ownership of the party, sparking a confrontation with the Thackeray-aligned faction. The situation intensified as verbal altercations escalated into physical clashes, with slogans of ‘traitors go back’ being exchanged between the two groups.
Law enforcement officials stepped in to contain the situation and subsequently registered a case against approximately 60 workers from both factions involved in the altercation at the memorial. The incident marks a visible rift within the Shiv Sena, highlighting internal divisions and simmering tensions within the party ranks.
The clash at the Balasaheb Thackeray memorial casts a shadow over the unity of the Shiv Sena, raising concerns about internal dissent and power struggles within the party. As the situation unfolds, the incident draws attention to the challenge of reconciling differences and maintaining cohesion within one of Maharashtra’s prominent political entities.