23 Facts About Shiv Sena


The alliance was quickly reformed and Shiv Sena became part of the BJP government in Maharashtra in December 2014.

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Shiv Sena attracted many unemployed Marathi youth, who were attracted by Thackeray's charged anti-migrant oratory.

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Shiv Sena cadres became involved in various attacks against the South Indian communities, vandalizing South Indian restaurants and pressuring employers to hire Marathis.

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Shiv Sena started placing more weight on the Hindutva ideology in the 1970s as the 'sons of the soil' cause was weakening.

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The Shiv Sena was the opposition party in the state along with the BJP from 1999 to 2014.

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The Shiv Sena made inroads in the interior parts of the state, while suffering losses in Mumbai.

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In January 2018, Shiv Sena officially cut ties with the BJP and their NDA coalition ahead of the 2019 Indian general election after nearly 30 years of campaigning alongside the BJP.

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Shiv Sena withdrew from National Democratic Alliance, precipitating a political crisis in late October-early November 2019, which ultimately led to party leader Uddhav Thackeray becoming Chief Minister through support from the Indian National Congress, and the Nationalist Congress Party.

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However, Eknath Shinde, a senior Shiv Sena leader, wanted to reestablish the previous BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and rebelled afterwards while gaining majority support of the Sena MLAs.

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Shiv Sena Bhavan located in the Dadar locality in Mumbai has served as the Headquarters of the Shiv Sena since 1976.

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The Shiv Sena's shakhas spread throughout the state of Maharashtra as well as in selected locations in other states, which decide on most of the local issues in their localities.

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In 1996, Shiv Sena organised the first and only live concert of American pop icon Michael Jackson in India to raise the funds for its business wing and to help create over two-hundred seventy thousand jobs for people of Maharashtra.

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In December 2003, Shiv Sena activists damaged the cricket pitch of the Agra Sport Stadium which was supposed to host the cricket match between Pakistan and India.

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Shiv Sena acted as a "moral police" and opposed Valentine's Day celebrations.

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On 20 November 2009, Shiv Sena activists attacked and vandalised the offices of Hindi and Marathi TV news channels IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat, located in Mumbai and Pune respectively.

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Shiv Sena attributed the attacks to the criticisms of Bal Thackeray by the news channel over his remarks on Sachin Tendulkar.

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Shiv Sena spokespersons tried to justify the attacks and refused to apologize for their acts of violence.

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Shiv Sena got an entry in Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for "collecting maximum blood in a day".

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In October 2015, Shiv Sena issued threats which enforced a ban on a scheduled concert by Pakistani classic singer Ghulam Ali.

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On 19 October 2015, Shiv Sena activists attacked and vandalised the office of BCCI to stop a meeting between PCB and BCCI officials.

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Shiv Sena has threatened to stop Pakistan's Aleem Dar from officiating in the fifth and final ODI between India and South Africa.

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In January 2016, the Shiv Sena demanded that the words “secular” and “socialist” be “permanently removed” from the Constitution's Preamble which were added in the 42nd amendment during the emergency.

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In November 2020, Devendra Fadnavis stated that the view of the Shiv Sena is advocacy for Indian reunification in the form of an Akhand Bharat.

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