Mumbai: In set back to the Opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), its Mumbai President Sachin Ahir on Thursday joins Shiv Sena here, party sources said.According to the sources, Mr Ahir and his wife Sangeeta were accorded a warm welcome to the Sena fold by President Uddhav Thackeray, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray and other senior leaders at a function in the Thackeray residence, 'Matoshree' in Bandra.
The Thackerays tied a symbolic 'Shiv Bandhan' on Ahir's wrist, presented a bouquet and handed over a party flag amidst loud claps and cheers by the gathering.The Sena chief said that it was not the Sena's policy to 'break other parties', but those who willingly came forward to join the party were always welcome.
''With entry of Sachin-bhau, the strength of the Sena will increase" He will not regret his decision to join our party'', Mr Thackeray said.Mr Ahir, said he was highly impressed with their work for the 'Marathi manoos', for developmental issues concerning the common masses which prompted him to take the decision to join the party.
''Thousands of Shiv Sainiks were calling me to join the Sena.. I shall take up any responsibility given by the party and contribute to its growth and expansion but NCP President Sharad Pawar will always remain in my heart'', Mr Ahir added.(UNI)