Supporters of Thackeray faction behind the attack on Uday Samant
MLA and former Maharashtra Minister Uday Samant‘s car was attacked by some people at Katraj Chowk in Pune. Uday Samant is from the Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena. As per sources, the miscreants are believed to be supporters of Uddhav Thackeray faction.
Commenting on this incident, the Maharashtra CM stated, “This attack is a cowardly act. It is our responsibility to maintain law and order. If anyone tries to disturb the law and order, then strict action will be taken. Everyone should maintain peace.”
The shocking incident happened when Samant was passing by the location where MLA Aaditya Thackeray held a public meeting a few hours earlier. Visuals showed that the real windshield of Samant’s car was damaged.
The attack on Samant comes a day after a leader loyal to the Thackeray faction exhorted party workers to resort to street violence. Addressing a huge gathering on Monday, the Sena’s Hingoli Sampark Pramukh Babanrao Thorat openly called upon aspirants for the district president’s post to not let the rebels enter villages. Moreover, he announced that Thackeray would himself felicitate the first person who vandalizes the car of the Eknath Shinde camp leaders.
Uday Samant said, “It’s a condemnable incident. Politics in Maharashtra doesn’t happen like this. They (attackers) had baseball sticks and stones. CM’s convoy was going ahead of me. Police will investigate whether they were following me or CM (Eknath Shinde).”
Samant added, “I will not get frightened by such incidents. I have spoken to CM Eknath Shinde and told him about the incident. Police will investigate the whole matter.”
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