Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde named Shiv Sena chief

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Eknath Shinde was named Shiv Sena chief on 22 February at an important meeting of his party.

An overview of the news

  • Recently, the Election Commission recognized the Shinde faction as the real Shiv Sena in its dispute with the Uddhav Thackeray faction and allotted it the party's election symbol 'bow and arrow'.

  • This was the first national executive meeting of Shiv Sena after Eknath Shinde got the party's name and election symbol.

  • Many important proposals were presented in this meeting, including the proposal to give Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar.

  • Apart from this, a proposal was presented to give maximum employment opportunities to the local youth in all the projects in the state and to give the status of elite language to Marathi language.

About Eknath Shinde

  • Before emerging as the leader of Shiv Sena, Eknath Sambhaji Shinde drove an auto-rickshaw to earn a living.

  • Born on 9 February 1964, Shinde dropped out of college before completing his graduation.

  • He is 58 years old and hails from Satara district of western Maharashtra, he started his political career from Thane, Mumbai.

  • He is a four-time MLA, having handled the urban development and PWD portfolios in the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray.

  • Shinde was appointed the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for a brief period in 2014.

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