Priyanka Chaturvedi was on Saturday appointed as Shiv Sena’s ‘Upneta’ (deputy leaders). This comes almost a week after she joined the party.
On April 19, Priyanka Chaturvedi formally joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. After welcoming Priyanka at a hurriedly convened media conference, Uddhav said, “He was happy that she had decided to join the Shiv Sena.”
In the meantime, Aditya Thackeray presented Priyanka a bouquet and tied her a thread symbolizing ‘Shiv Bandhan’ with several senior party leaders in attendance.
During the media conference, Priyanka Chaturvedi launched a scathing attack against the Congress, accusing it of not supporting her in the episode of unruly behaviour by some Congress activists. The former Congress spokesperson said, “I have served the party for 10 years in a selfless manner without asking for anything in return. But the party chose to ignore my complaints though the matter was taken up at the topmost level.”
She also expressed her pain to the Congress leadership about the reinstatement of colleagues who misbehaved with her. Moving ahead, the leader said that she had listed championing the cause of empowering women in politics and other fields besides helping strengthen and build up Shiv Sena at the national level.
Born and educated in Mumbai, Chaturvedi described the city as my ‘janmabhoomi‘ and ‘karmabhoomi‘, and the 53-year-old Shiv Sena as the ‘roar’ of Mumbai, Maharashtra and rest of the country”.
Of the 6 Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai, the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena will contest on 3 seats each.