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Mumbai: Former MLA Krishna Hegde joins Eknath Shinde faction

Updated on: 29 November,2022 01:12 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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The development comes weeks after Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar recently joined the Eknath Shinde camp

Mumbai: Former MLA Krishna Hegde joins Eknath Shinde faction

Eknath Shinde and Krishna Hegde. Pic/Eknath Shinde's team


In a major setback to Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), former MLA Krishna Hegde on Monday joined the Eknath Shinde faction.


The development comes weeks after Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar recently joined the Eknath Shinde camp.



Eknath Shinde took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on June 30 earlier this year.


This came after a faction of Shiv Sena under Shinde shifted its alliance to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from MVA. Since then, Maharashtra has been witnessing a tussle between both the factions of Sena as to who is the real inheritor of the legacy of Bal Thackeray.

On October 11, The Election Commission of India alloted the 'Two Swords and Shield symbol' to the Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena a day after the group was alloted 'Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena' (Balasaheb's Shiv Sena) as the name for the group of the party.

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Shinde faction had submitted 'shining sun', 'shield and sword' and 'Peepul tree' as its election symbol options to the Election Commission (EC) for the upcoming bypoll in Andheri East assembly constituency next month.

Whereas the 'flaming torch' (mashaal) election symbol was allotted to the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena, rejecting their claim to the 'Trishul' citing religious connotation.

The Election Commission also allotted 'Shiv Sena - Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray' as the party name for the Thackeray faction

Meanwhile, the ECI rejected 'Trishul' and 'Gada' (mace) as election symbols claimed by the two factions of the Shiv Sena, citing their religious connotation.

(With inputs from ANI)

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