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Teaser War Ahead Of Dussehra Melava; Who Will Be The Real Face Of Shiv Sena?

The showdown of this power tussle will be seen on the Dussehra Melava which is to be conducted by both the clans. As both Thackeray and Shinde claim the rightful leader of the party, a teaser war is going on between both camps. 

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Since its inception, regional and religious politics have been the forte of Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena. A party that was known for its far-right Hindutva political ideology is now fighting for the leadership within itself, will it go to Bal Thackeray’s successor-son Uddhav Thackeray or Eknath Shinde, the shishya of Dharamveer Anand Dighe. 

The showdown of this power tussle will be seen on the Dussehra Melava which is to be conducted by both the clans. As both Thackeray and Shinde claim the rightful leader of the party, a teaser war is going on between both camps. 

Thackeray’s Attack On Shinde

Alleging that Uddhav gave up the core ‘Hindutva’ ideology for the lust for power, Eknath Shinde rebelled with about 40 MLAs to form a government with BJP. About two days before the ‘Dussehra Melava’, the Thackeray clan released a teaser attacking the current Chief minister of Maharashtra.

With Hindvi Hridya Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray in focus, the teaser talks about how everyone is trying to dismantle the Thackerays. In the minute-long teaser, ex-CM Uddhav Thackeray talks about how he isn’t alone in the fight, and the real Shiv Sainiks still back the stand of Thackeray.

The slogan  ‘एक नेता, एक झेंडा, एक मैदान’ by the Thackeray clan claims the ownership of the party and its symbol. Thackeray won the mere permission battle for Shivaji Park, however, the battle of party symbols is a long way to go for them. 

Pind Daan For Shinde

Shiv Sena is known for its aggressive actions against people who oppose them. One such incident was when a Mumbai resident was beaten up and balded by the Shiv Sainiks for criticizing the party leader. The Sainik now have turned to their owners. Supporters of the Thackeray clan performed a ‘Pind Daan’ for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the forty MLAs who left Thackeray. 

The poster for the ‘Pind Daan’ by Ghatkopar East constituency Sainiks read that may the souls of unsatisfied backstabbers rest in peace after the ritual.

Lok Nath, Eknath! 

One thing that is similar in both clans is the slogan used for Dussehra Melava. In the ongoing teaser war, Chief Minister Shinde posted a 20 seconds teaser in which Balasaheb’s old clip is used. Giving a far-right look to the teaser, it portrayed only one goal- Saffron.

‘Ek Neta, Ek Paksha, Ek Vichar, Ek Lavya, Ek Nath’, gave a strong sign to the Thackeray clan that he is the reformed Sena now. With strong ideals figures like Anand Dighe and Balasaheb Thackeray, CM Shinde has proven a strong faction within the party.

Inside the Eknath’s Den

A place that was once Anand Dighe’s forte is now under his disciple Shinde. Uddhav Thackeray’s better half, Rashmi Thackeray paid a visit to Eknath’s fortress, Thane. She paid respects at Anand Ashram, a memorial for Dighe, and visited the Durga Pandal at Tembhi Naka. Intending to revive the trust within the ground-level Sainiks, Rashmi also met with hundreds of women in the area. Now the visit was political or not, that’s open to interpretation.

Congress Workers in Dussehra Melava

BJP’s MLA Ram Kadam alleged that the Thackeray faction is so weak that they have sought help from Congress and NCP for the power show on the fifth of October. Kadam said that Uddhav hasn’t been able to keep together his flock and supporters of NCP & INC will be brought to Shivaji park. In return, it is alleged that the Thackeray camp will support Rahul Gandhi in his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra.’

Heated with this Shiv Sena’s ex-BMC mayor Kishori Pendekar reverted that, ‘Who is even Ram Kadam, an apostate from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, to teach us loyalty? He could keep his concerns to himself.’

With BMC elections on the road, both clans of Shiv Sena are on their feet to gain the rightful leadership of the party. The success and impact of ‘Dussehra Melava’ might prove the roadmap to the mayorship of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for one of the clans of Shiv Sena. 

Simran sharma
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