Senior leader of Shiv Sena Eknath Shinde was elected as the leader of party’s legislative wing on Thursday. Shinde, MLA from Thane, was the leader of the house during the previous term as well.

Party has also elected Sunil Prabhu as the chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature.

Earlier, there were speculations about the newly-elected MLA Aaditya Thackeray to be elected as the leader of the legislative wing. But he himself tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of the House. The motion was seconded by Pratap Sarnaik.

Uddhav Thackeray was also present at the meeting held at the Sena headquarters in Dadar.

Interestingly, the event was also attended by some independent MLAs who have extended support to Shiv Sena, which is locked in a tussle with its ally BJP over the government formation.

Shiv Sena has won 56 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly while BJP grabbed 105. Sena is asking for 50-50 power sharing formula with 2.5 years term CM post for its party which is repeatedly denied by the BJP.

Shiv Sena has claimed seven independent MLAs support in the state till now.