A day after victory in the Ramtek by election, the overwhelmed Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray admitted that he and his party has learnt that rewarding loyalist was the key to electoral success.
Thackeray’s gamble to field Prakash Jadhav, a low profile party leader paid off as he defeated Congress candidate Subodh Mohite in the byelection to prestigious Ramtek constituency. The byelection was necessitated as Mohite, a sitting Shiv Sena resigned and joined Congress.
Addressing the media at Shivalaya__the party office in Nariman Point—a visibly happy Thackeray said, “This election has taught us a lesson that it is better to reward loyalists.”
Coming down heavily on Congress party, Thackeray pointed that people from rural Maharashtra were fed-up with the ruling parties and their leaders. “Congress leaders went to beg for votes but none of them turned up during the crisis like farmers’ suicides and load shedding,”he said.
Describing Revenue Minister Narayan Rane’s exit from the Sena and the subsequent crisis faced by his party as ``bad patch’’, Thackeray said: ``Rane factor never existed. The bad patch is over.”