Eknath Shinde elected as Shiv Sena's house leader, Aaditya proposes name

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

 The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected party’s  leader Eknath Shinde as leader of the party's legislative wing.

Mumbai:  The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected party’s  leader Eknath Shinde as leader of the party's legislative wing.

Sunil Prabhu has been elected as the chief whip the party in the Maharashtra legislature.

Eknath Shinde, MLA from Thane, was the leader of house in the previous term as well, besides being a cabinet minister in the BJP-Sena government.

First-time MLA and Thackeray family scion Aaditya tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of house. Pratap Sarnaik seconded the motion.

Sena sources said party chief and Aaditya's father Uddhav Thackeray was not quick to name his son as the head of the Sena's legislative unit.

Uddhav Thackeray  and senior leaders were present at the meeting held at the Sena headquarters in Dadar.

It was also attended by some of the independents who have extended support to the party that is secured in a very tussle with the ally BJP post- October 21 Maharashtra elections, seeking equal sharing of the power.

The Sena has won fifty six seats against the BJP's one hundred and five. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has claimed that 7 independents are supporting it.

In the interim, senior  Shiv Sena leaders will meet governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari this afternoon, party sources said. 

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