Shiv Sena Appoints Priyanka Chaturvedi as ‘Upneta’

A week after qutting Congress and joining Shiva Sena, former AICC spokesperson Priyanka V Chaturvedi was today appointed as the ‘upneta of the party’.  In a major jolt to Congress, she formally joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on April 19.

Thackeray welcomed her at a hurriedly convened media conference and said he was “happy that she had decided to join the Shiv Sena”. His son Aditya Thackeray presented her a bouquet and tied her a thread symbolizing ‘Shiv Bandhan’ with several senior party leaders in attendance.

Soon afterward, Chaturvedi, 39, launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of not supporting her in the episode of unruly behaviour by some Congress activists.

Among her immediate priorities, 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”.

Mumbai-born and educated 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”.

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