Sena battle for Mumbai last up as LS poll race is set to conclude in Maharashtra (2024)

“Mumbai amchi, nahi konachya bapachi. (Mumbai belongs to us, not to anybody’s father).”

The slogan once associated with the undivided Shiv Sena led by Bal Thackeray has been echoing louder in the city as the two Senas led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and former CM Uddhav Thackeray get ready to battle it out in Mumbai that votes in the fifth phase on Monday. For the two Sena parties, the right to lay claim to the legacy of Bal Thackeray is at stake.

Of the six parliamentary seats in Mumbai, the constituencies of Mumbai North West, Mumbai South, and Mumbai South Central will see a direct fight between the Shiv Sena led by Shinde and Uddhav’s Shiv Sena (UBT). In 2019, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won these three along with Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, and Mumbai North.


How the battle lines are drawn

With voting in Mumbai and four other seats, the Lok Sabha elections will conclude in Maharashtra on Monday.

In Mumbai North, a seat that it has won the last two times, the BJP has fielded Union Minister Piyush Goyal who is making his Lok Sabha poll debut. Up against him is Mumbai Congress vice-president Bhushan Patil.

Mumbai North Central will see another high-voltage clash between former public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikkam, who has handled high-profile cases such as the trial of Ajmal Kasab, will take on Mumbai Congress chief Varsha Gaikwad. The BJP initially fielded sitting MP Poonam Mahajan from the seat but later replaced her with Nikam. Meanwhile, in Mumbai North East, MLA Mihir Kotecha of the BJP is facing the constituency’s former MP Sanjay Dina Patil of the Shiv Sena (UBT).

Apart from Goyal and Nikam’s contests, all eyes will be on the other three constituencies. In Mumbai North West, it is a direct contest between former state minister Ravindra Waikar of the Shiv Sena and Uddhav’s candidate Amol Kiritkar who is the son of sitting MP Ganjan Kiritkar who has won the seat the last two times. In Mumbai South, the Sena has chosen to go with first-time MLA Yamini Jadhav, who is married to former BMC standing committee chairperson Yashwant Jadhav while Sena (UBT) has renominated two-time sitting MP Arvind Sawant. In Mumbai South Central, two-time sitting MP Rahul Shewale has been renominated by the Shiv Sena. He will face off against former Rajya Sabha MP and Uddhav’s backroom strategist Anil Desai.


How the campaign unfolded

In an attempt to broaden his party’s support base, Uddhav Thackeray actively reached out to the Muslim community, which is estimated to constitute about 16-20% of the city’s population.

The Shiv Sena (UBT)’s focus in the four constituencies where it is in the fray was on areas with sizable Muslim population such as Govandi, Anushakti Nagar, Mankhurd, Mahim, Kurla, Bandra East and West, Bycullah, Khetwadi, Jogeshwari East and West, Dindoshi, Oshiwara, Masjid Bunder, and Umarkhadi.

This drew a strong reaction from Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP who told The Indian Express in a recent interview, “The kind of appeasem*nt of minorities, the Muslim community, that Uddhav Thackeray is doing, even the Congress never did such appeasem*nt. Uddhav Thackeray is trying to compensate for falling vote share with Muslim votes. Imagine what would have happened had Pakistan’s flag appeared at the rally of Balasaheb Thackeray. At his (Uddhav) rally, Pakistan flags are visible. It is not only green flags but the actual flag of Pakistan. And he is mum about it. Pro-Tipu Sultan slogans are being raised but he is not uttering a word. He has realised he can cover up for a deficit of votes in this election by minority appeasem*nt.”

But for some Muslim voters, Uddhav has managed to strike a chord. “In Uddhav Thackeray, we see a moderate leader. He is reassuring. Not like the BJP which has shunned Muslims,” said Mohammad Noor, a resident of Prem Nagar in Jogeshwari East.


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While for the MVA the support of Marathis, Muslims, and Dalits is crucial, the ruling Mahayuti alliance is banking on north Indians and Gujaratis. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has campaigned in Mumbai to consolidate north Indian voters. The Narendra Modi factor is also something that the ruling alliance is banking on. Modi who addressed a rally in Shivaji Park on Friday said Mumbai was “crucial to the BJP’s developmental pitch of Viksit Bharat”.

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But beyond the national issues, infrastructure and other local issues such as slum redevelopment and healthcare also figured among the talking points in the campaign. Speaking about the government’s achievements, Fadnavis told The Indian Express, “Being in government what you deliver through governance helps earn public goodwill. We delivered results. Our focus was development. When individuals travel through Atal Setu, Coastal Road, or the metro, he or she looks at the work done.”

Meanwhile, the “neglect of Mumbai and Maharashtra” was a prominent theme in the Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance’s campaign. On the campaign trail, former CM Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress spoke of the “relocation of industrial projects” such as Vedanta Foxconn to Gujarat, adding that it would be an issue for Mumbaikars and “have an impact on polls”.

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Uddhav also raised the issue at a recent rally, accusing the BJP and the Shiv Sena of not only stealing his “father’s (Balasaheb Thackeray) party” but also running away “with Mumbai projects to Gujarat”. At the concluding big rally in Mumbai on Friday, the former CM also targeted PM Modi for whipping up fear of “Muslims and Pakistan” while people ask for food, jobs, and security.

Sena battle for Mumbai last up as LS poll race is set to conclude in Maharashtra (2024)


What is the history of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra? ›

Shiv Sena has been allegedly involved in the 1970 communal violence in Bhiwandi, the 1984 Bhiwandi riot, and violence in the 1992–1993 Bombay riots. The party draws its strength from the support of the Maratha and Kunbi communities of Maharashtra which Shiv Sena drew away from the Indian National Congress.

Which party was ruling in Maharashtra? ›

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party also features several senior leaders who are dynasts.

What is the meaning of Shiv Sena? ›

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) (IAST: Śhiva Sēnā (Ud'dhava bāḷāsāhēba ṭhākarē); lit. 'Army of Shivaji, led by Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray'; abbr.

Who is CM in Maharashtra now? ›

The current incumbent is Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena since 30 June 2022.

What is the full form of Sena? ›

SENA countries stand for South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia. Its used as acronym in cricket for these nations.

Who is the leader of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra? ›

Uddhav Thackeray
BornUddhav Bal Thackeray 27 July 1960 Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Political partyShiv Sena (UBT) (2022-present)
Other political affiliationsIndian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (2023-present) Shiv Sena (2006-2022) National Democratic Alliance (2012-2019)
SpouseRashmi Thackeray ​ ( m. 1989)​
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Who ruled first in Maharashtra? ›

Maharashtra was ruled by the Maurya Empire in the 4th and 3rd century BCE. One of the Major Rock Edicts of the Maurya king Ashoka was located at Sopara, near present-day Mumbai.

Who is ruling Maharashtra now? ›

Government of Maharashtra
Legislative Branch
Chief Minister (Head of Government)Eknath Shinde (SHS) (Chief Minister of Maharashtra)
Deputy Chief Minister (Deputy Head of Government)Devendra Fadnavis (BJP) (Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra) Ajit Pawar (NCP) (Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra)
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Who has majority in Maharashtra? ›

BJP: 106; SHS: 56; NCP: 53; INC: 44; IND: 13; BVA: 3; AIMIM: 2; SP: 2; PHJSP: 2; CPM: 1; PWP: 1; MNS: 1; JSS: 1; SWP: 1; RSPS: 1; Krantikari Shetkari Party: 1; Total: 288.

What does the god name Shiv mean? ›

Shiva is a masculine name of Sanskrit origin with several meanings, including "lucky," "auspicious," and "prosperous." In Hinduism, Shiva is an unfathomably powerful god, using his gifts to control time and transform the universe.

Why is it called Shiv? ›

The root words of śiva in folk etymology are śī which means "in whom all things lie, pervasiveness" and va which means "embodiment of grace". The word Shiva is used as an adjective in the Rig Veda ( c. 1700–1100 BCE), as an epithet for several Rigvedic deities, including Rudra.

What are the regional parties in Maharashtra? ›

  • Maha Vikas Aghadi.
  • Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
  • Maharashtra Rashtravadi Congress.
  • Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha.
  • Maharashtra Swaraj Party.
  • Maharashtra Vikas Party.

Who is Shinde in Maharashtra? ›

Eknath Sambhaji Shinde (pronunciation: [eknaːt̪ʰ ʃin̪d̪e]; born 9 February 1964) is an Indian politician who is serving as the 20th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra since 30 June 2022.

Who is the best CM of Maharashtra? ›

Vasantrao Naik hands down,I am sure most people here weren't alive during his reign including me but he was best cm MH ever had rulled Maharashtra for 11 years.

Who is the first Maharashtra CM? ›

Yashwantrao Chavan was the First Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The great visionary had laid the foundations of modern Maharashtra and dreamt for glorious future of Maharashtra. His expectations were fulfilled to a great extent by Vasantrao Naik during his tenure as Chief Minister for more than a decade.

Who is the son of Balasaheb Thakre? ›

Personal life. Thackeray was married to Meena Thackeray (née Sarla Vaidya) on 13 June 1948 and had three sons, oldest son Bindumadhav, middle son Jaidev, and youngest son Uddhav. Meena died in 1995 and Bindumadhav died the following year in a car accident.

How many national parties are there in India? ›

As per latest publications dated 23 March 2024 from Election Commission of India, and subsequent notifications, there are 6 national parties, 57 state parties, and 2,764 unrecognised parties. All registered parties contesting elections need to choose a symbol from a list of available symbols offered by the EC.

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