Furious over criticism, Shinde led Sena slaps cases against leaders of Thackeray faction

Several leaders of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) have been the target of police cases by the administration of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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Several leaders of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) have been the target of police cases by the administration of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. As a result of complaints by Dattaram Gavas, a Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena activist, among others, they include Sena (UBT) MP Arvind Sawant, deputy leader Sushma Andhare, and MLA Bhaskar Jadhav.

At a public gathering in Thane last week, Sawant offended some people by calling Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane of the Bharatiya Janata Party a “kombdi chor” (chicken thief) and getting himself arrested. At his Dussehra rally on October 5 in BKC, Jadhav was accused of copying Shinde’s style of reading out a prepared speech.

Andhare was also charged for mimicking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide two crore young people with jobs at a conference in Thane.

 

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Anita Birje, Madhukar Deshmukh, Sachin Chavan, and Rajan Raje of the Dharmarajya Party are among the other local leaders and activists mentioned in a statement released by the Naupada Police Station (Thane) on the meeting on October 9.

As a result, the police have filed charges against them for inflammatory remarks, using objectionable language, attempting to raise anger, tarnishing the reputation of CM Shinde, etc. under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Leaders of Sena (UBT) have expressed outrage over the police action, calling it a “political vengeance” meant to “suppress and destroy the Opposition.”

Sena (UBT) senior farmer leader Kishore Tiwari claimed that the Shinde-Fadnavis government “selectively targets” party leaders who speak out against the administration in an effort to demoralise the party’s rank-and-file.

Veteran Sena (UBT) union leader Dr. Raghunath Kuchik strongly condemned the police cases, claiming that the Shinde-Fadnavis administration had “broken all norms of political decency” by pursuing political rivals.

Andhare, unperturbed, remarked that if telling the truth is a crime, she was prepared to face all the repercussions of the police case brought against her, but she would keep speaking out against any injustice done to the populace.