Eknath Shinde, the game-changer in Maharashtra politics

Here’s everything you need to know about Eknath Shinde, the man who plunged Maharashtra’s ruling MVA alliance into yet another political crisis.

Eknath Shinde, Minister of Maharashtra and Head of Shiv Sena (Picture PTI)

Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has plunged the ruling alliance in the state into a political crisis in reportedly moved to a hotel in Surat, Gujarat, with 13 MPs from other parties.

The move put a question mark over the future of Maharashtra’s ruling alliance led by the Shiv Sena (whose leader Uddhav Thackeray is chief minister) and also comprising the NCP and Congress.

But who is Eknath Shinde? Here’s everything you need to know about the man who changed the game in Maharashtra politics.

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A mass leader, Shinde played a crucial role in strengthening the Sena in the state, especially in the Thane region. He was responsible for organizing major Sena political events.

His son, Shrikant Shinde, is the Sena MP from Kalyan.

Eknath Shinde was elected for four consecutive terms to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly – 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019.

He was named opposition leader in 2014 after the Shiv Sena and the BJP fell out.

When the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi was formed, Shinde became Minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Public Enterprises). He is currently Minister of the City.

He recently accompanied Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on his trip to Ayodhya.

The Sena accused the BJP of trying to overthrow the MVA government “as has been done in states like Madhya Pradesh”.

But why is Shinde upset?

There have been reports that Shinde is upset with Sena’s management for allegedly being sidelined.

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