Shiv Sena

‘We did not pelt stones at buses’

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and TransportThe Shiv Sena has distanced itself from the damage to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking buses during its recent agitations.

The party members had protested on February 5, when Rahul Gandhi visited the city and on February 12, when actor Shah Rukh Khan’s movie My Name is Khan was scheduled for release.

On Tuesday, as the BEST committee discussed the damage caused by the stone throwing incidents, Sena members said their partymen were not involved.

Sena MLA claims he’s being threatened

Days after his police security was withdrawn, Shiv Sena legislator Ravindra Waikar has filed a police complaint saying he has been getting threatening calls.

Waikar, a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Jogeshwari, lost his security because he protested against Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, during the latter’s Mumbai visit.

“I started getting threats the day after the government withdrew my security cover,” said Waikar.

“On February 12, at 4.30 pm my wife, who was at home, received call from a number 9007184666. The caller abused me and our leader Balasaheb [Thackeray].”

Sena leader in hospital

Shiv SenaSenior Shiv Sena leader Madhukar Sarpotdar, who was arrested during the 1993 Mumbai riots, was hospitalised on Wednesday after he suffered a heart attack at his Bandra residence.

The 75-year-old is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Hinduja Hospital, Mahim. “He is critical,” said Dr Gustad Davar, medical director, Hinduja Hospital. He said Sarpotdar did not undergo any surgery.

‘Kande pohe’ plan gets nod but with conditions

Shiv Sena The Congress plan to woo the Marathi manoos with ‘kande pohe’ has finally been cleared by the Shiv Sena-dominated civic improvements committee but with a rider that domicile residents be given 90 per cent of the stalls.

The proposal was cleared by the committee only after the Congress accepted Sena’s condition that 90 per cent of the stalls should go to the locals.

The plan to set up stalls of kande pohe (a Maharashtrian snack made of puffed rice) was Congress’ way of countering the Sena’s Shiv Vada that was launched on January 23.

Saamna lashes out at Tendulkar

Sachin-TendulkarCricketer Sachin Tendulkar is not bigger than Maharashtra. That’s what Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna said in its Sunday edition.

In his weekly column, Saamna’s Executive Editor and Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut came down heavily on Tendulkar.

The article said that Mumbai was included in Maharashtra, not because of Tendulkar’s record-breaking feats but because of the hundreds of local people who had laid down their lives fighting for it.

Sena names 4 mayor candidates

Shiv SenaThe Shiv Sena has narrowed down its search for nominees for the mayoral to four candidates.

The post has been reserved for a woman from the open category. Elections for mayor will be held on December 1.

Sources said the party is considering one of the four — Dr Anuradha Pednekar (Kurla East), Shraddha Jadhav (Parel), Shubhada Gudekar (Kandivli) and Rajul Patel (Andheri West) — as its mayoral nominee.

Corporator Shraddha Jadhav comes from a family of Sena loyalists from Maharashtrian-dominated Parel.

The Sena’s second option is Shubhada Gudekar, an active worker from Kandivli.

‘Come, join hands with us’

Shiv SenaThe Shiv Sena, on Thursday, asked the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to quit its alliance with the Congress if it wanted to form the government with the help of the saffron combine.

Senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi told journalists that his party was ready to support the NCP if it snapped ties with the Congress.

The Congress and NCP have not yet reached a consensus over the power sharing formula. The Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance has 90 seats in the Assembly and if it forges ties with the NCP (which has 62 seats), the trio can get a majority in the Assembly with 152 seats.

Subhash Desai elected Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader

Subhash Desai elected Shiv Sena Legislature Party leaderMumbai Oct 26 : Senior Shiv Sena legislator Subhash Desai was Monday unanimously elected leader of the party in the assembly by its 44 newly-elected members.

A Thackeray family loyalist, Desai was elected from Goregaon constituency in northwest Mumbai and has been associated with the party for the past three decades in various capacities.

Subject to the outcome of Sena's negotiations with alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Desai may ultimately occupy the post of Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Sena salvages pride in Thane

Shiv SenaThe Shiv Sena scored a much-needed win in Thane, where it had tasted its first electoral victory when its mayor was elected in the early ’70s.

The Sena won three of the four Assembly seats in Thane and five of the 16 it contested across Thane district. The results were the saving grace for the Sena, which was mauled by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai.

In Thane, the MNS contested four Assembly seats but won none. In 2004, the Thane constituency was a single seat, which was with the Sena. It was divided into four recently.

Polling over, now the wooing begins

Congress, BJPA day after the fate of 3,559 candidates was locked in electronic voting machines political parties were going all out to woo Independents and smaller parties to get the numbers required to form the next government.

Assuming that there could be a hung Assembly, the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have begun reaching out independent candidates who stand a chance of winning.

Raj attacks Sonia, Chavan

Raj Thackeray Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray who was accused by the saffron alliance of being ‘an agent’ of the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party, on Friday launched an attack on the ruling combine calling their reign an utter failure.

He targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

Mimicking Gandhi’s recent speech in which she accused opposition parties of politicizing Shivaji’s name, Raj said that the Congress was doing just that. “Who is planning to build the statue of Shivaji Maharaj in the sea?” he asked.

Small parties, big nuisance value

Maharahtra Navnirman SenaThey might be small parties, but just as the Maharahtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has become a major worry for the Shiv Sena, several smaller parties in Maharashtra are becoming a headache for the Big Four.

Parties like the Republican Party of India (RPI), Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, Lok Bharati Party and Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP), representing niche sections like Dalits, farmers and teachers, could skew the outcome of the state election.

Shivaji statue? What stupidity

Bal ThackerayBal Thackeray apparently does not want another memorial to Maratha warrior-king Shivaji.

In what is quite a change of tune for the man who named his own party, the Shiv Sena, after Shivaji and threatened mayhem in the early 1990s if Victoria Terminus was not renamed after the chhatrapati (emperor), Thackeray on Sunday called the state government’s plan for a second Shivaji memorial “stupidity”.

“This is stupidity,” the 83-year-old said in an interview to party mouthpiece Saamna. “There is no need for another memorial when a statue of Shivaji already exists near the Gateway of India.”

Raj-Uddhav face-off peaks

Raj-Thackeray-Uddhav-ThackerayThe Jinnah of Maharashtra. It’s a slur that is bound to hurt Raj Thackeray (41), and it doesn’t help that it comes from the Shiv Sena, headed by his uncle Balasaheb and cousin Uddhav (49).

As the war between the cousins intensifies, the jibes are getting more offensive.

Wednesday’s edition of Saamna, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, described Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray as the new Mohammad Ali Jinnah, intent on dividing the Marathi people.

Congress –Shiv Sena activists clash in Mumbai

Congress –Shiv Sena activists clash in MumbaiMumbai, Sep 25 : Supporters of the ruling Congress and the Shiv Sena clashed in Dadar area of Mumbai, on Friday.

The clash took place between these party workers while they came in support of their respective candidates while filing the nominations to the state assembly polls.

Friday was the last day to file nominations.

Trouble began when Shiv Sena candidate Aadesh Bandekar and his supporters objected to the vehicles parked by the state minister Narayan Rane outside the returning officer''s office.

Agitated Shiv Sena activists ransack Manohar Joshi’s house

Shiv SenaMumbai, Sep 20 : Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi’s house was ransacked here on Sunday by some party workers who were agitated over the neglect of their favourite local leader during ticket allocation for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.

According to sources the outrage was over demand of ticket to dadar constituencies sitting MLA for upcoming assembly polls.

Joshi was not present in the house when ransack took place, no one was hurt in the incident.

Shiv Sena, BJP announce seat-sharing formula for Maharashtra polls

Shiv Sena, BJP announce seat-sharing formula for Maharashtra pollsMumbai, Sep 19 : The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance’s seat sharing formula for the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections has been announced at a press conference in Mumbai on Saturday.

The Shiv Sena will contest 169 of the 288 Assembly seats, while the BJP will contest from the other 119.

The Sena-BJP seat-sharing agreement comes a week after the Third Front announced its plan to contest 200 seats.

'Home Minister' fame Aadesh Bandekar joins Shiv-Sena

Shiv SenaYet another popular TV personality has made it big by joining a political party in Maharashtra.

'Home Minister' fame popular Marathi TV personality Aadesh Bandekar joined Shiv Sena in presence of party executive president, Uddhav Thackeray.

Bandekar is the second television personality to join the Shiv-Sena in recent times after singer Abhijeet Sawant, first Indian Idol on the small screen.

Bandekar is famous for hosting a programme named 'Home Minister' on a Marathi TV channel.

It is believed that Bandekar and Sawant inclusion in the party will add jinx to the poll campaign.

Shiv Sena activists torch MP State Transport bus in Maharahtra

Shiv Sena activists torch MP State Transport bus in MaharahtraAmravati (Maharashtra), Aug. 7 : Activists of Shiv Sena on Friday torched bus of Madhya Pradesh State Transport Corporation to vent their anger at the central government''s decision to divert water from the region’s Upper Wardha Dam to neighbouring state, Madhya Pradesh.

The bus, on its way to Pandhurna in Madhya Pradesh, was ransacked before being torched.

I welcome emergence of ‘Hindu terrorists’: Thackeray

I welcome emergence of ‘Hindu terrorists’: ThackerayShiv Sena Chief, Bal Thackeray, said that he would like the forming of 'Hindu terrorists'.

In an interview he said, "If they, Hindu terrorists, are behind the September 29 Malegaon blast, I would be glad. Terrorists should be born among Hindus, I have begun to feel." He further said," Sadhvi Pragya Singh, Lt Col P S Purohit, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast, have been victimized. What was their fault? Something had to be done to take on fanatic Muslims."

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