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Eknath Shinde’s group is now called Shiv Sena Balasaheb

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New Delhi, Jun 25: The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday named their group Shiv Sena Balasaheb. This was done amidst the pressure that is becoming from the Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena which is pressing for their disqualification.

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar said that their group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party, he also added.

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at a hotel in Guwahati

The Shiv Sena on the other hand has been in a combative mode. Uddhav Thackeray called the rebels as backstabbers. There have also been incidents of Shiv Sainiks vandalising the offices of the rebel legislators.

The office of rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant in Pune was vandalised. This has the Pune police issuing an alert. The Mumbai police too has issued a high alert and asked all police stations to ensure security at all political party offices in the city.

Earlier Shinde had alleged that the state government has withdrawn protection of the rebel MLAs.

He said that the government is responsible for protecting them and their families. The charges were however denied by party leader Sanjay Raut.

The allegation comes ahead of the national executive meeting at the Shiv Sena Bhavan at 1 pm today.

Striking a defiant note, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday night dared rebel leader Eknath Shinde and the BJP to try and take away the Shiv Sena cadre and those who vote for the party, and also accused the BJP of trying to finish off the Sena.

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