Uddhav, Others Have Defaced Hindu Marathi, Nationalist Identity of Balasaheb: Shinde’s Petition

| Updated: 26 June, 2022 9:30 pm IST

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: With the mud-slinging between Shiv Sena’s feuding factions reaching the Supreme Court’s corridors, the rebel Eknath Shinde has built an emotional case in his writ, saying the principles of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray of a strong “Hindu nationalist” ideology and party’s “Hindu Marathi” identity has been defaced, leading to this imminent division.

Shinde has moved this writ while disputing CM Uddhav Thackeray’s move to disqualify him and 15 of his rebel companions inside the rooms of the apex court. The matter has been listed for Monday in the vacation bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice JB Pardiwala.

“The petitioner along with other members of the Shiv Sena Party sensed that the principles of the Shiv Sena, which is a Hindu Marathi regional political party is being compromised due to an unruly coalition of political parties in which MLAs of Shiv Sena were suffering the most. During the time period of last two and half years, the party and its leadership have compromised party principles with a different ideology that of INC and NCP,” Shinde and his acolyte have said.

The rebels have also invoked the corruption and graft cases against three NCP ministers including Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh for involvement with Dawood Ibrahim.

“The further ideology of Balasaheb Thackray was to give clean and honest government for people Maharashtra and also without compromising on principle of national interest….” the writ says.

“During the course of the time, there was great dissatisfaction prevalent amongst the members of Shiv Sena Party on account of Corruption in the Government, Administration regarding police posting, corruption by then home minister Anil Deshmukh (who is in jail), sitting minority minister Nawab Malik (who is in jail) for involvement with underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and corruption by Transport Minister Anil Parab (who is investigated by the Enforcement Directorate) etc,” the petition says.

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