After the split in the Shiv Sena in the politics of Maharashtra, both the factions have decided to celebrate the traditional programs related to the party separately. In which Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s 97th birth anniversary was also included. Both the factions will celebrate the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray separately. While the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will unveil Bal Thackeray’s portrait at the Central Hall of the state legislature in south Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray will pay tribute to his father at a life-size statue of Bal Thackeray installed at Regal Circle in Colaba.
Let us tell you that Uddhav Thackeray has been invited by the state government for the unveiling of Bal Thackeray’s oil painting, however, he has decided not to attend the ceremony.
The invitation was sent to the oil painting ceremony
The oil painting will be unveiled by Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The entire Thackeray family including Uddhav and various family members like MNS chief Raj Thackeray and nephew Nihar Thackeray, cabinet ministers, state legislators and several Union ministers have been invited to the function.
Incidentally, Monday will also be the day when Uddhav’s term as Shiv Sena party president ends. He has not yet been re-elected due to the ongoing battle of who controls the real Shiv Sena in the Election Commission. Though the UBT faction led by Uddhav had sought permission from the Election Commission to hold the polls, the EC has not yet granted the same.
However, Shiv Sena’s UBT leader and MP Sanjay Raut criticized Shinde over the unveiling of Bal Thackeray’s oil painting event, saying it was a political event and those who call themselves ‘Modi’s men’ have done so for their political gains. The ceremony has been organized for During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai on 19 January, Shinde said in his speech that he told ministers from various countries at Davos that he was ‘Modi’s man’.
Raut further said that Uddhav will pay homage at the statue of the party founder near the Gateway of India on Monday and address party workers at Shanmukhanand Hall later in the evening. This will happen around the same time as Bal Thackeray’s oil painting will be unveiled.
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