Shinde dismisses Uddhav’s threat over demolition of Shiv Sena (UBT) shakha

Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday dismissed Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray’s outburst over the demolition of his party’s shakha’ in the Thane district, calling it an empty threat.

Talking to reporters after attending a Diwali programme here, Shinde said Thackeray had to turn back when he attempted to visit the spot of the shakha’ in Mumbra on Saturday.

Thackeray, along with top leaders of the Sena (UBT), went to Mumbra to visit the razed shakha but had to face resistance from workers of the chief minister’s Shiv Sena, who raised slogans and showed him black flags.

As the situation turned tense, Thackeray and his party colleagues left the site, just metres away from the razed shakha.

Thackeray’s visit was nothing but an attempt to create a hurdle during the Diwali festivities, the chief minister said.

“The people of Mumbra showed their power during Thackeray’s visit. Nothing works in front of people’s power,” he said.

Many senior leaders from Shiv Sena UBT had accompanied Thackeray, but Shiv Sena leader Naresh Mhaske was tough enough to take them on, Shinde said.

“The bursting of crackers of the Shiv Sainiks in Mumbra drove them away. The show of strength was so powerful that they (Sena UBT leaders) had to beat a hasty retreat,” he said.

He further claimed that in the recent gram panchayat elections, the Shiv Sena UBT was thrown to the seventh position and in the next elections, they will slip to the 10th position, and people will give them a befitting reply.

The chief minister refused to respond to Thackeray’s allegations about the encroachment of shakha’ land, saying he wouldn’t ruin the festive atmosphere and would reply to the charges through his work.

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