Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla on Tuesday recognized Rahul Shewale as the leader of the party in the lower house.
This came after 12 of Shiv Sena’s 19 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Lok Sabha, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son, Shrikant Shinde, petitioned the Speaker for the change.
Speaking to ANI leader Shiv Sena (Shinde faction), Rahul Shewale said, “Many MPs were upset with the work of the internal group leader Vinayak Raut, so we have written to the Speaker to change the group leader. . The President will take action on this. Our chief whip will be the same, there will be no change.”
Meanwhile, Bhavana Gawali has been retained as Chief Whip.
Vinayak Raut, delivered a letter to the president, asking him not to receive any representation from the rival faction.
Eknath Shinde said Shiv Sena MPs supported his stance in upholding the ideals of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray.
“Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has recognized Rahul Shewale as the leader of the Shiv Sena in the Lower House,” he said.
All 12 of the 19 Shiv Sena MPs joined the Eknath-Shinde faction “for the benefit of the people of Maharashtra”, he added.
The deputies are Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Rahul Shewale, Bhavana Gawali, Hemant Godse, Rajendra Gavit, Sadashiv Lokhande, Hemant Patil, Sanjay Mandlik, Dhairyasheel Mane, Shrirang Barne, Krupal Tumane and Prataprao Jadhav.
The political developments come soon after a revolt by the majority of Sena MPs against the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray overthrowing the MVA government in Maharashtra and Eknath Shinde assuming the post of CM.
The Shiv Sena faction led by Shinde, with the help of the BJP, won the ground test in the state assembly.
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said on Tuesday that the government formed with the BJP has the full support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Addressing a press conference here in Delhi, Shinde said: “A few days ago in Maharashtra, we established this government with the BJP and we have the full support of the people of the state. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are giving us their support. . Prime Minister Modi has told us that he will support all development projects in the state.”
The Maharashtra Chief Minister arrived in Delhi on Monday to hold a discussion on Other Backward Class (OBC) bookings. This is Eknath Shinde’s second visit to the nation’s capital since being sworn in on June 30.