Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, has held a meeting with the functionaries of his party from 15 states in Srinagar in Kashmir.

The Shinde-led Maharashtra government will complete a year in office later this month. Shinde and 39 Shiv Sena MLAs had rebelled against then-chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in June last year, which led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

During the meeting held on Sunday, Shinde asked them to work towards expanding the Shiv Sena’s base with the help of the ruling ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A statement from Shinde’s office said his party’s office-bearers from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand among others attended the meeting in Srinagar.

Shinde and the rebel legislators then joined hands with the BJP and formed the government with Devendra Fadnavis as deputy CM.

The Election Commission has allotted the ‘Shiv Sena’ party name and the ‘bow and arrow’ poll symbol to the Shinde-led faction.

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