Unrest in Shiv Sena over tickets
VASHI: After filing of nominations was completed on Tuesday, the dissent voices in the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party over giving tickets grew louder.
The Shiv Sena has given preference to new entrants and their relatives while giving tickets, leaving several party workers annoyed. The workers are upset that several seats — which they believe are Shiv Sena stronghold — have been given to the BJP.
A Sena worker said, “Our party has given tickets to new entrants instead of party workers who have toiled for years. The new entrants have got two to three tickets. Naturally we are upset with our leaders.”
Starting Monday, Shiv Sena workers have been protesting against Shiv Sena deputy leader Vijay Nahata at the party office in Vashi every day. The workers are upset with Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde too.
The state leadership of the Sena and the BJP decided to contest in alliance to ensure that their votes are not split.
As per the formula of seatsharing, BJP will contest 43 seats of the 111 seats, which is a major shot in the arm for the party which had contested just 14 seats in an 89-member house in 2010, winning at just one place. The Shiv Sena had fought 75 seats and won 17.
Now Shiv Sena will contest 68 seats in the 111-member house.
Parshuram Thakur of Kopri, a staunch Shiv Sena loyalist quit the party to join the NCP, after local Congress corporator Vilas Bhoir was given the ticket. Thakur said: “The tickets have been sold to the candidates. There is no place for genuine party workers.”
Sena workers protest at Sector 16, Vashi.