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Former Pen Mayor and Accused in Bank Scam Case Joins Shiv Sena Faction

Senior Leader's Son, Shishir Dharkar, Enters Uddhav Thackeray's Camp, Triggering Speculations and Surprises

Mumbai, August 21, 2023: In a surprising turn of events, Shishir Dharkar, the former mayor of Pen and a key figure in the Pen Urban Bank scam case, has announced his entry into the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) group. The news broke as Dharkar arrived at Matoshree, accompanied by a convoy of 250 cars. The move has sparked speculations about the party’s strategy and Dharkar’s motivations.

Shishir Dharkar had been embroiled in controversy due to his alleged involvement in the Pen Urban Bank scam, accused of embezzling over 500 crores. His entry into the Thackeray-led faction has left many citizens surprised, considering his past legal issues and absence from active politics in recent years.

Local citizens of Pen have raised concerns about his previous conduct and the allegations against him. The constituency that was once dominated by Dharkar is now represented by Ravindra Patil of the BJP, and the BJP holds power in the Pen Municipality. Despite the Pen Urban Bank scandal, MLA Ravindra Patil has maintained his influence in the region.

Shishir Dharkar’s father, Appasaheb Dharkar, had a significant political career within the Congress party, serving as a Minister of State. His decision to align himself with Shiv Sena, a rival party, marks a shift in the family’s political loyalties. This move comes after previous attempts by Shishir Dharkar to join the Uddhav Thackeray group failed.

Observers are now keenly watching how Uddhav Thackeray will integrate Shishir Dharkar into the party fold and what this new alliance could mean for the political landscape in Maharashtra. The unexpected move has sparked discussions about the potential implications for both Dharkar and the Shiv Sena faction as they navigate this unanticipated alliance.

As the Shiv Sena expands its reach and the Dharkar family switches loyalties, the upcoming political dynamics in Maharashtra promise to be intriguing and impactful.

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