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Sena vs Sena: G Kirtikar dumps Uddhav faction to hitch Shinde camp; thirteenth MP to modify over | India Information – Instances of India

MUMBAI: In a serious blow to the Uddhav Thackeray’s faction of Shiv Sena, Mumbai North-West MP and senior chief Gajanan Kirtikar (79) joined the CM Eknath Shinde faction on Friday night. Kirtikar met CM Shinde at Varsha, the CM’s official residence on Friday night becoming a member of his faction at an occasion in Prabhadevi.
Kirtikar is the thirteenth MP from Uddhav’s faction to hitch the Shinde camp. With Kirtikar’s exit, the Uddhav faction is left with six MPs. The Shiv Sena had a complete of 19 MPs, 18 from Maharashtra and Kalaben Delkar from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Over the previous couple of months, speculations had been rife that Kiritkar, a Sena veteran, was in contact with CM Shinde and would quickly be part of the Shine faction. Nonetheless, the speculations had been denied by the Uddhav faction and Kirtikar.
Kirtikar was one of many seven Sena MPs who was nonetheless with the Uddhav faction. In July this yr, Shinde had met Kirtikar at his Goregaon house however had stated that this was a courtesy go to since Kirtikar was unwell. Kirtikar was Member of Legislative Meeting from Malad between 1990 to 2009. He was state minister for house in Shiv Sena-BJP authorities too. He’s a two-time MP.
Kirtikar’s son Amol can be a Shiv Sena functionary and is lively in Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray-led Yuva Sena.
“Sure, he (Kirtikar) is becoming a member of Balasaheb Shiv Sena,” CM Shinde advised the media earlier than Kirtikar’s formal entry.
In July this yr, 12 of the get together’s 19 MPs had requested the Lok Sabha Speaker in a letter that they be recognized as a “separate group”. The MPs had given a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appointing Mumbai South Central MP Rahul Shewale because the Sena’s new group chief. The 12 Sena MP’s had met CM Shinde in New Delhi and Shinde referred to Shewale as the brand new group chief and MP Bhavna Gawli because the Shiv Sena’s chief whip.
“This can be a completely happy event that Gajanan Kirtikar has joined us. His recommendation and steerage will likely be very precious as he labored with Balasaheb Thackeray and he’s an enormous chief of the Shiv Sena in Mumbai. When such an enormous chief involves us, it exhibits that the revolt by CM Shinde is true. Kirtikar is a hardcore Shiv Sainik and he had supported our view that Shiv Sena should not have an alliance with the Congress and NCP and that BJP was Sena’s pure alliance. Kirtikarji will information us and advise us. These major allegations that we’ve taken khoke (cash packing containers), now they have to ask the query if that is true,” Shinde faction chief and Minister Uday Samant stated.

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