|Akhil Bharatiya Sena|
Akhil Bharatiya Sena (अखिल भारतीय सेना, All India Army) is a political party in India. Founded in 1997 and led by the Mumbai mafia don and contract killer Arun Gawli (alias ‘Daddy’). Gawli had earlier been close to the Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, but in 1996 a bloody feud surged between them when Arunbhai mercilessly slew several Sena party legislators and party workers. Gawli organized ABS as a counterwight to SS.
In the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections 2002 the ABS candidate Sunil Ghate defeated the Sena candidate in Gawli’s home turf. Ghate is today the sole ABS corporator in BMC.
In the Lok Sabha elections 2004 Gawli got 92 210 votes (26,5%) in the constituency Mumbai South Central.
In the Maharashtra state assembly elections later the same year ABS launched 20 candidates. One (Gawli) got elected.
ABS is based in Maharashtra, but does also have a branch in Goa.
The trade union wing of ABS is called Akhil Bharatiya Kamgar Sena.