Shiv Sena receives yet another jolt

The Shiv Sena on Thursday suffered another setback with disgruntled leader Parshuram Upparkar openly airing plans to join Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday evening.

"I will take the final call with my supporters tomorrow morning and if all goes well, I may join the MNS tomorrow evening at the Khed rally," Upparkar said.

The former MLC hails from Sindhudurg in Konkan.

Upparkar claims although he was one of the few loyal Shiv Sainiks from the region who stuck with the party when Narayan Rane had deserted the Sena, he and other old-timers are not being treated well in the Sena's new scheme of things.

Upparkar's grouse also stems from the unwillingness of the Sena leadership to politically rehabilitate him after he lost his Legislative Council seat. Speculation of him joining hands with the MNS had been doing the rounds for the past few months and he had met MNS chief Raj Thackeray. On Thursday, Upparkar and Raj Thackeray, who is now on a state-wide tour, had a meeting in Malwan in Konkan.

"When Narayan Rane left the Shiv Sena, I stood against him in the district. But in the last two years, systematic efforts have been made to destroy me politically. Despite putting across my grievances to Uddhavji, nothing happened," Upparkar said.

Over the past week the party has been hit by internal dissensions with senior leaders from the party quitting or planning to quit the party and openly attacking senior leaders.

Political analysts had foreseen such a thing happening after the death of Bal Thackeray, who had knit regional satraps of the Shiv Sena into a unit. They had said it would be difficult for Uddhav Thackeray to hold the party together.

Wind of resentment blows across the state

Sindhudurg: Former MLC Parshuram Upparkar is angry about not being rehabilitated after losing his Lesgislative Council seat and is said to be contemplating joining MNS.

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