For the members of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) this is the season of expressing faith in a new leadership.
While Kannad MLA Harshvardhan Jadhav from MNS heaped praises on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the Dusshera rally on Sunday after formally joining his party, Shiv Sena’s former corporator and deputy leader Raja Chaughule and deputy leader Sanjay Ghadi joined the MNS on Monday. This is not all, former NCP corporator Kaptan Malik, who is the brother of NCP leader Nawab Malik, also joined the MNS.
Jadhav was elected to the assembly on an MNS ticket, but he had resigned from the party in January alleging indifference by the leadership.
It all started with Jadhav being beaten up by the police when he tried to barge into a meeting held by the chief minister. Following this, he claimed that the party leadership ignored him. He then tendered his resignation to the legislature. However, he withdrew it later.
He also got in touch with the NCP and Congress leaders trying to test waters for his entry into one of the parties. However, his talks with these leaders failed and eventually Jadhav met Thackeray to join Shiv Sena. However, Chaughule and Ghadi’s entry into MNS is a kind of homecoming as both were associated with the party when it was formed. They later left it to join the Shiv Sena stating differences with MNS’s way of functioning.
Chaughule, in fact, had obtained a ticket from the Shiv Sena and got elected as a corporator. The Sena also appointed him as the deputy leader of the party.