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Maharashtra’s New CM Eknath Shinde to Face Test of Strength on Monday

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray has removed Shinde from his position as Shiv Sena leader

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Transcontinental Times Staff
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INDIA. New Delhi: A special two-day Assembly session has been convened on July 3 and 4. The freshly sworn-in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will be put to the test on Monday as elections for the speaker’s position are held on Sunday.

Hindu Sena The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will hold elections on July 3 for the position of Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and MLA member Rajan Salvi submitted his nomination on Saturday.

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Rahul Narvekar, a rookie member of the BJP, submitted his application for the position on Friday.

Mr. Salvi represents Rajapur section in the Ratnagiri district whereas Mr. Narvekar represents the Colaba Assembly constituency in Mumbai.

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In the Supreme Court, the Shinde faction claimed to be the genuine Shiv Sena. After the Supreme Court declined to block the governor’s order to postpone the trust vote, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as chief minister on Thursday.

Uddhav Thackeray removes Shinde as a leader

Shinde, the recently appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister, was ousted from his position as Shiv Sena leader in the party organisation by Uddhav Thackeray on Friday amid a contentious dispute about claims to the organisation.

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Thackeray claimed in a letter from the party that Shinde had been engaging in “anti-party activities” and had voluntarily resigned from membership.

“In exercise of the powers vested in me as the Shivsena Paksha Pramukha, I remove you from the post of Shivsena Leader in the party organisation,” the letter signed by Uddhav Thackeray said.

Shinde has asserted that he is the Shiv Sena’s leader and that the Thackeray group is a minority, but he has never referred to himself as Paksha Pramukh (party chief). Technically, Thackeray is still the party’s leader.

Prior to this, Shinde subtly declared himself to be Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Shiv Sena. He updated his Twitter profile image to feature the fiery Hindutva icon and Maratha pride emblem Balasaheb Thackeray.

In the Supreme Court, the Shinde faction claimed to be the genuine Shiv Sena. He claimed that by forging a coalition with the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Thackeray had weakened the Hindutva ideology of his father Bal Thackeray and that this was an “unnatural alliance.”

Gulabrao Patil, a rebel Sena minister, had earlier claimed that Uddhav Thackeray had deserted 52 of his own party’s MLAs as well as his official residence but was still considering staying with NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

After the Supreme Court declined to block the governor’s order to postpone the trust vote, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as chief minister on Thursday.

Also Read: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde Set to Become New CM of Maharashtra

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