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Aaditya Thackeray predicts midterm polls in Maharashtra


Paithan, Maharashtra:

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said on Saturday that the government led by Eknath Shinde would soon collapse and Maharashtra would hold midterm elections.

Speaking to a gathering of party workers here on the third day of his ‘Shiv Samvad Yatra’ awareness campaign, he also said rebel Sena lawmakers had betrayed his father, then-Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, then that he was ill.

Paithan is the Assembly constituency of Sena MP and former Minister Sandipan Bhumre who joined the Shiv Sena rebel faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

“Mind me…this government will soon collapse and Maharashtra will face midterm elections,” said Aaditya Thackeray, himself a former minister.

Denying Mr Bhumre’s claim that the Sena ministers of the previous Sena-NCP-Congress government had not secured funds, Aaditya Thackeray said the Paithan region had secured the first scheme under the network project of Marathwada water.

“Bhumre has received a ticket to the Assembly five times. When I thought of all that we have done for these people, tears came to my eyes. But this is not the time to cry, this is the time to fight,” he said.

The state has faced rain fury over the past fortnight and many lives have been lost, but the government is run by just two people (Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis), the leader said. of Sena. He called the 40 rebel MPs “traitors” who conspired to split the Shiv Sena when his father was sick leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Later in the day, Aaditya Thackeray also spoke at a rally at Nevasa in Ahmednagar district where he praised Shankarrao Gadakh, a Sena ally and MP for Krantikari Shetkari Paksh.

“If you have friends, they should be like Gadakh. Your own people (on the other hand) betray you and become traitors,” he said, speaking even as it rained heavily.

“Gadakh was firm on his decision to stay with Uddhav-ji and kept his commitment even after the overthrow of the government. While working in the government, Uddhav-ji’s only mistake was that he could not deliver himself to politics. He did not spy on his MPs and MPs. We will continue to make this mistake because if we cannot trust the Shiv Sena workers, who can we trust,” he said.

Aaditya Thackeray also said rebel Sena MPs who were “forced to revolt” were welcome to return to the party led by Uddhav Thackeray if they so wished.

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