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Shiv Sena’s Shinde Group Mulls Contesting Lok Sabha Elections on BJP’s Lotus Symbol

Shinde Group MPs Weigh Electoral Symbol Shift to BJP's Lotus in Strategic Move

December 13, 2023: A significant development has emerged in Maharashtra politics, particularly within Shiv Sena’s Shinde Group. Recent discussions within the political circle suggest that some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Shinde group are contemplating the idea of contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lotus symbol. This shift in strategy has caught the attention of political observers, raising questions about the potential impact on the political landscape.

After the split in Shiv Sena, where 13 out of 18 MPs joined the Shinde group, internal dynamics are undergoing a transformation. Some members of the Shinde faction believe that fighting the elections on the BJP’s lotus symbol might prove more advantageous than the traditional Shiv Sena’s bow and arrow symbol. The reasoning behind this shift lies in the success witnessed by the lotus symbol in recent Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan assembly elections, leading to speculation about its potential success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well.

Leaders within the Shinde group argue that aligning with the BJP’s lotus symbol could capitalize on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the favorable environment for the lotus sign, considering the recent state assembly election results favoring the BJP. This strategic move is seen as an attempt to leverage the Modi name and the lotus symbol for increased electoral benefits in the Lok Sabha elections.

The Shinde group’s current composition includes prominent members such as Srikant Shinde, Rahul Shewale, Hemant Patil, Prataprao Jadhav-Kripal Tumane, Bhavana Gawli, Srirang Barane, Sanjay Mandlik, Darishsheel Mane, Sadashiv Lokhande, Hemant Godse, Rajendra Gavit, and Gajanan Kirtikar. While the majority of the Shinde faction remains intact, the focus has shifted to how the BJP will respond to the inclination of some MPs within the Shinde group to contest on the lotus symbol.

As the political landscape in Maharashtra takes an intriguing turn, the upcoming decisions of the Shinde group MPs regarding their election symbol promise to shape the narrative leading up to the Lok Sabha elections. The final verdict on this potential strategic shift is eagerly awaited by political observers and citizens alike, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the unfolding political drama.

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