Last Update: 12 July 2022, 23:18 IST
In a fresh blow to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, party spokesperson and former Mumbai councilor Sheetal Mhatre on Tuesday joined the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde faction.
Mhatre is the first former Shiv Sena corporator from Mumbai to openly declare his support for Shinde.
He had represented Ward No 7 in suburban Dahisar in North Mumbai in 2012 and 2017. On Tuesday night, Mhatre accompanied by some Shiv Sena workers went to Shinde’s residence and supported him. The Uddhav Thackeray-led army had appointed Mhatre as the ‘Sampark Sanghatak’ (coordinator) for the Alibaug-Pen area.
Important elections for the Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are due in the next few months. The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was toppled last month due to Shinde’s rebellion. He took oath as the Chief Minister on 30 June with Devendra Fadnavis of the Bharatiya Janata Party as the Deputy CM.