Talks of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Bhujbal and his son Pankaj joining the Sena ahead of the state Assembly elections – due in October – have become strong with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray did not reject it. Instead, to a media query, Uddhav Thackeray said that the ‘answers will come at appropriate time’.
Apart from Bhujbal, another senior NCP leader Sunil Tatkare is also rumored to join the Sena. Tatkare, who is a Member of Parliament from Raigad, has however denied the speculation.
Bhujbal started his political career with Shiv Sena but broke off after 25 years to join the Congress in 1991 and later Sharad Pawar’s NCP. Few months back Bhujbal, too, had denied the speculation in the past.
There is a division within the Sena top ranks over the induction of Bhujbal. Several senior leaders, including Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut and Diwakar Raote are against Bhujbal’s re-entry.
Many Shiv Sena workers are also against Bhujbal’s induction into the Shiv Sena stating that the people of Maharashtra will not forget what he did to Bal Thackeray and will not accept him in the party.