Shiv Sena in good hands with Eknath Shinde, says Uddhav's nephew Nihar Thackeray

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Uddhav Thackeray’s nephew Nihar Thackeray, who was among the Thackeray family members who supported current chief minister Eknath Shinde in his rebellion against the party at the time, told ET in an interview that he was displeased at the Shiv Sena’s decision to align with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress.

“Within the family there was consternation after the decision of Uddhav to align with the Congress and NCP. I can’t speak for others but within our family this was not well received because it went against (party founder) Balasaheb’s ideology. This is when I decided to back Shinde and began assisting them in the legal domain. In my opinion, the Shiv Sena is in the right hands with Shinde, ” said Nihar Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray’s late elder brother Bindumadhav and a practising lawyer, who was involved in the legal strategy of fighting against the Uddhav camp in the Election Commission and also in the Supreme Court.

He said there wasn’t much he or his family could do to oppose the decision to join hands with the Congress and NCP. “We have been deliberately kept away from the party affairs. We were shocked with the decision of Uddhav, because if Balasaheb was alive now he would never have allowed this. Though I haven’t been active within the Sena, since my childhood I have interacted with my grandfather (Bal Thackeray) and he was strongly against ever joining hands with the NCP or Congress,” said Nihar Thackeray.

He said his uncle probably coveted the chief minister’s post, which is why he joined hands with the Shiv Sena’s arch rivals. Rubbishing the Uddhav group’s claim that the Supreme Court decision had gone against Shinde, he said, “Every prayer of theirs has been rejected. They wanted status quo ante for Uddhav to be made the chief minister again. However, that was turned down. They wanted the move of the governor to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government… that was also rejected. I can’t fathom how they are claiming that this is a victory when all their prayers have been turned down,” he said.

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