Un­rest in Shiv Sena over tick­ets

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Sena work­ers protest at Sec­tor 16, Vashi.

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