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Uddhav Thackeray Welcomes Sanjog Waghere in Shiv Sena Fold

A Shock to Ajit Pawar as Key Aide Joins Thackeray Faction

December 30, 2023: In a significant political development, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar faces a major setback in Pimpri Chinchwad as his trusted confidant, Sanjog Waghere, has crossed over to the Thackeray faction. The former Mayor of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Waghere, joined the Shiv Sena in a ceremony at Matoshree, where he tied the symbolic Shivbandhan on his hands in allegiance to Uddhav Thackeray.

Ajit Pawar, who had earlier commented on Waghere’s visit, dismissed it, stating that it is within Waghere’s right to meet anyone. Pawar made a sarcastic remark, suggesting that the opposition lacks candidates and is resorting to recruiting from his camp.

Waghere, however, expressed his decision to align with the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, citing a divergence in ideologies and a preference for Thackeray’s leadership. He emphasized that Thackeray is inclusive and has a vision that resonates with the people. Waghere declared his commitment to the Shiv Sena cause and revealed that thousands of workers have joined the party along with him.

The move is seen as a blow to Ajit Pawar, especially considering Waghere’s previous loyalty and his preparations to contest elections from Maval Lok Sabha constituency. With Ajit Pawar’s son, Partha Pawar, expressing interest in Maval, speculation is rife that Waghere might challenge him for the seat.

This political shift comes on the heels of Waghere’s meeting with Uddhav Thackeray on December 25 at Matoshree, where discussions reportedly revolved around the Maval Lok Sabha ticket. Thackeray is said to have assured Waghere of a ticket, leading to the official ceremony marking Waghere’s entry into the Shiv Sena fold.

Uddhav Thackeray, responding to the recent defection, asserted the strength of Shiv Sena and its history of winning in the Maval Constituency. He accused those who switch allegiances of betrayal and stated that the power that was once with them would return. Thackeray emphasized the importance of loyalty and self-respect in politics, drawing a clear distinction between those who stay true to their roots and those labeled as traitors.

As Maharashtra politics witnesses this significant realignment, the implications for Ajit Pawar and the political landscape of Pimpri Chinchwad remain to be seen.


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