THE Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena on Monday took a dig at party President Uddhav Thackeray questioning how many times he had visited the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister when he was in power and whether he gave time to the party workers.
Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson for the Eknath Shinde faction, said, Thackeray’s “public appearances” have increased now, referring to the party outreach programmes launched by the Sena President after the collapse of his Government last month. A day earlier, Thackeray inaugurated a ward-level Shiv Sena office in south Mumbai and addressed party workers.
“We have raised three questions and we have not yet received answers. As the Chief Minister (November 2019-June 2022), how many times did Uddhav Thackeray go to his (Chief Minister’s) office in Mantralaya and met Sena workers? Now, the frequency of his public appearance has increased,” Kesarkar told reporters.
The BJP had often criticised ‘absence’ of Uddhav in CM’s office during pandemic.
Kesarkar also sought Thackeray’s reply on the claims made by rebel Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale that it was finalised in 2021 that Shiv Sena will join hands with former ally BJP while it was still ruling the State in alliance with the NCP and Congress.
“In the last two-and-a-half years maximum time was spent on criticising Centre. How can one achieve development if you do not keep good relations with the Central government?”