The Shinde camp is looking for a new Shivsena Bhavan; a party office for the breakaway faction. Sources said that, apart from Shivsena Bhavan, they are also planning to open new branches or local party offices everywhere, sources said.No location has been fixed yet for the new Bhavan, but they are looking for a place near the existing Shivsena Bhavan in Mumbai’s Dadar, sources said.
Maharashtra Minister, Uday Samant said, “There is a misconception that a parallel Shivsena Bhavan is being built in Dadar. However, we are trying to find a central office so that the CM can meet common people. We respect Shivsena Bhavan and it will remain so.”
Earlier this week, Mr Shinde, who formed a new government in the state by joining forces with the BJP, expanded his cabinet after mounting criticism of a “two-person government”. The Thackeray faction has claimed that administering ministerial oath to rebels MLAs, whose disqualification pleas are pending before the Supreme Court, amounted to “murder of democracy and the Constitution”.
The Thackeray faction is also fighting over to keep their election symbol as the Shinde camp stakes claim over that as well. The Election Commission (EC) has reportedly given the Uddhav Thackeray faction 15 more days to submit documents in support of its claim on the party’s election symbol — a “bow and arrow”.