Principles more important than venue: Eknath Shinde takes a dig at Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra CM takes a dig at Uddhav Thackeray ahead of Dussehra rally in Mumbai, says principles are important irrespective of the venue.

Press Trust of India October 03, 2022 18:23:31 IST
Principles more important than venue: Eknath Shinde takes a dig at Uddhav Thackeray

Left: Eknath Shinde, Right: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, made a dig at his rival and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday in advance of his faction’s Dussehra rally by saying that principles matter regardless of the location. He claimed that because lakhs of people are anticipated to attend the rally on October 5 at the MMRDA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a business district in suburban Mumbai, his faction’s event will be a success.

I have visited the venue (in BKC) and the preparations are in full swing. Lakhs of people from across the state will come to the rally and all departments are working to ensure they don’t face any problems. Our preparations will get over tomorrow (Tuesday) and this rally will be a success,” Shinde told news channel NDTV. The chief minister said his faction of the Shiv Sena is taking forward the ideals propounded by party founder late Bal Thackeray.

Principles are important irrespective of the ground (Dussehra rally venue). We are taking forward the ideas of Balasaheb Thackeray. Looking at the response, the people have accepted our decision (to part ways with the Thackerays for the Sena aligning with the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress), he said, referring to his rebellion in June that led to the collapse of the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

The Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its own Dussehra rally at the iconic Shivaji Park in central Mumbai. Both the factions claim to be the ‘real’ Shiv Sena and the rallies are being seen as a show of strength by them.

The Shinde camp, too, had applied for allotment of the Shivaji Park for its rally, but the Bombay High Court allowed the Thackeray faction to hold its annual programme at the venue when the matter landed in the HC.

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