Shiv Sena to use aggression, emotion to win back cadres and voters

With the flip-flop and eventual decision of sitting in the opposition causing disquiet, the Sena has decided to resolve the situation by adopting a tough posture against the BJP; Thackeray will also tour the state and personally meet “his people” to explain the party’s stand

Faced with resentment among cadres and unhappiness among voters following the flip-flops and the eventual decision against joining the government, the Shiv Sena plans to use aggression as well as emotion to remedy the situation. 

Emotional connect: Uddhav will embark on the tour after November 17, the death anniversary of Bal Thackeray. File Pic

While leaders have decided to adopt an aggressive posture against the BJP — especially on the Vidarbha issue — to send the message across that the Sena is still a party that no one can afford to take lightly, party chief Uddhav Thackeray plans to connect with voters and cadres emotionally by touring the state and interacting with them to thank them for their support.

Captain Abhijit Adsul, ex-MLA and son of Sena’s Amaravati strongman and MP Anandrao Adsul, said, “If Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis talks about a separate Vidarbha, we will see to it that he cannot enter Mumbai. To be more specific, we won’t let him get into his office in Mantralaya.”

Sena leaders say they are upset that certain BJP MLAs had said ‘Jai Vidarbha’ while taking oath in the Assembly, which the Sena had wanted deleted from the records. They said CM Fadnavis, who hails from Nagpur, the capital of the Vidarbha region, has also openly supported the demand of statehood for Vidarbha on several occasions.

Personal touch
Thackeray, while talking to mid-day at a five star hotel, where he met his newly elected MLAs, said, “I will be going and meeting my people across the state personally. I want to thank them for showing support to me and the party.”

He clarified that he won’t be holding any public meetings or rallies, “I will visit them, not hold rallies. I will have a direct conversation with my party leaders, supporters and voters,” said Thackeray.

Sena sources said Thackeray will connect with people on an emotional level and make his stand of sitting in the opposition and the reasons behind the delayed decision clear. He will also talk to voters about how the BJP had backstabbed the Sena.

They said Thackeray will be starting his tour after November 17, the death anniversary of party supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. The tour will begin from Konkan, especially from Malwan, where Sena’s Vaibhav Naik defeated Congress’s Narayan Rane. From there, Thackeray will be visiting other areas in the state — Marathwada, Northern Maharashtra and others.

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