Nagpur: Though three out of four MLAs from Vidarbha are with rebel leader Eknath Shinde after the Shiv Sena mutiny, all MPs and MLAs and former MLAs are with party chief Uddhav Thackeray.
In Vidarbha, there are four MLAs elected on the party symbol of Shiv Sena and all of them are from West Vidarbha. They are Sanjay Rathod (Digras) from Yavatmal district, Sanjay Raimulkar (Buldhana) from Buldhana district, Sanjay Gaikwad (Mehkar) and Nitin Deshmukh (Balapur) from Akola district. Apart from Nitin Deshmukh, three of them are with Eknath Shinde. Nitin Deshmukh said that he was with Uddhav Thackeray. Ashish Jaiswal (Ramtek) and Narendra Bhondekar (Bhandara city) are both independent MLAs. Both are Shiv Sainiks of Purvashram and both are with Eknath Shinde. The Sena has three MPs in Vidarbha. Bhavana Gawli (Yavatmal), Prataprao Jadhav (Buldhana) and Kripal Tumane (Ramtek). At present, these three MPs are with Uddhav Thackeray. Uddhav Thackeray is accompanied by former Amravati MPs Anant Gudhe and Anandrao Adsul and former MP Prakash Jadhav, as well as Legislative Council member and Nagpur liaison chief Drishyant Chaturvedi and former MLA and senior Sena leader Gopichand Bajoria.
Although instability has increased among Shiv Sainiks at the district level after the mutiny, their allegiance to Matoshri still remains. However, the possibility of a resignation session at this level in the near future cannot be ruled out. While expanding the party in Vidarbha, Shiv Sena had given party slogans in their hands. Most of them later left the party. They are mainly Balu Dhanorkar (Chandrapur), Vijay Vadettiwar (Chandrapur), Ashok Shinde (Wardha District), Gulabrao Gawande (Akola), Subodh Mohite (Nagpur). Balu Dhanorkar is a Congress MP while Vadettiwar is a Congress Minister. Ashok Shinde also joined the Congress. Gawande and Mohite are currently in NCP. It is noteworthy here that at the local level, the Shiv Sainiks, who were with the Sena in the early days in every district, later joined the other party by making the party “Jai Maharashtra”.