In a setback to Uddhav Thackeray, former Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant on Wednesday joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena.
Deepak Sawant joined the Sena in the presence of chief minister Shinde.
Mr Sawant was an MLC of then united Shiv Sena and was a cabinet minister for public health from 2014 to 2018 in the Devendra Fadanvis-led government.
He was dropped from the cabinet and denied a ticket for the legislative council election by Uddhav Thackeray in 2018.
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