December 21, 1997
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Thackeray 'elected' Sena chief
Bal Thackeray was today elected unanimously the chief of the Shiv Sena in its first ever elections, held to meet the ultimatum given to the Sena by the Election Commission.
These are the first ever organisational elections of the Sena since its inception more than 30 years ago.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi, seconded by minister, Liladhar Date, proposed that Thackeray should remain the chief of the Sena. Media reports had earlier indicated that the Sena
leadership would defy the Election Commission.
In accordance with a resolution passed at the Shiv Sena national working committee today, elections to the Shiv Sena working committee was conducted at a session today, attended by party leaders, deputy leaders, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, district liaison chiefs, district chiefs and divisional heads from Bombay.
In this session, 14 netas (leaders) and 17 upanetas (deputy leaders) were elected unanimously. These included Bal Thackeray, Joshi, Thackeray's son Uddhav Thackeray, his nephew Raj Thackeray, his confidante Subhash Desai, former MP Wamanrao Mahadik, MLA Dake, MP Madhukar Sarpotdar, Dattaji Salvi, Sharad Acharya, Sudhir Joshi, Satish Pradhan, Pramod Navalkar and Dattaji Nalawade.
The names of all the 14 leaders were proposed by MP Anant Gite and seconded by Neela Desai.
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