On Sunday, Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of Shiv Sena (UBT), addressed a massive rally in Khed constituency, located in Ratnagiri district.
Speaking on its recent decision, Thackeray criticised the Election Commission for granting the rebel faction the party’s name and symbol, referring to the poll body as a “slave” of those in power.
Despite losing the party name and election symbol “bow and arrow” to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction a few weeks earlier, Thackeray stated that the poll body cannot remove the party, which was established by his late father, Bal Thackeray, from his possession. Thackeray went on to refer to the EC as a “chuna lagao” commission.
He stated that Balasaheb Thackeray had supported the Bharatiya Janata Party during its politically marginalized phase, and he challenged the party’s previous partner to solely rely on the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for votes in Maharashtra, without making reference to Thackeray senior.
“You (the Election Commission) have taken away the party name and the symbol from us, but you can’t take away Shiv Sena from me,” the former chief minister said pointing out a huge turnout at a rally, his first after losing the party name and election symbol.
“I have nothing to offer to you. I have come to seek your blessings and support,” he told the gathering.