Political crisis news highlights from Maharashtra: Shiv Sena calls for disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs in Eknath Shinde camp
Shiv Sena workers raised slogans and showered flower petals on the CM as he left his official home at around 9:50 pm along with his family members. He arrived outside of Matoshri around 10.30pm. However, it took another 40 minutes for the CM to travel a short distance from outside Matoshri to his residence. Amid the escalating political crisis in Maharashtra sparked by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s rebellion, Uddhav had stated in an address to the state: “I will submit my letter of resignation if they come and ask for it As CM proceed, I am ready to move all my belongings from Varsha Bungalow (official residence of the CM) to Matoshree.
Shiv Sena’s main spokesman, Sanjay Raut, assured that Thackeray would not step down after the rebellion, claiming that the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) would prove his majority in the assembly if necessary.
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Addressing the rebels via a Facebook Live with an emotional appeal, Thackay offered to stop and said he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik followed him. Thackeray said he is ready to step down if the rebel leader and his supporting MLAs, all camped in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam, declare they do not want him to remain as CM.
Thackeray, who tested positive for Covid-19, admitted he was inexperienced and clarified that spinal surgery late last year prevented him from meeting people. Recalling the events of November 2019 as the MVA took shape, Thackeray said he agreed to become a CM despite his political inexperience after NCP President Sharad Pawar suggested he take the job.
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Thackeray said he was shocked by the ongoing political developments in the state, which began on Monday night when Shinde, 58, hoisted a banner of revolt and ended up at a Surat hotel with a bunch of angry MLAs. The CM reiterated his party’s commitment to Hindutva. “Hindutva is Shiv Sena’s breath. I was the first CM to speak about Hindutva in the Legislative Assembly,” Thackeray said.
Showing no sign of retreating from his revolt, Shinde said the MVA was an “unnatural” alliance and it was imperative that the Shiv Sena leave the coalition for its own sake and for the sake of party workers. The Sena strongman said the MVA is beneficial only to the allies, Congress and the NCP, while ordinary Shiv Sainiks have suffered the most over the last two and a half years of the coalition’s existence.
Shortly after landing in Guwahati, Assam, along with other Maharashtra rebel MLAs, Minister Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena told reporters there were 40 MLAs present with him who “would carry on Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva”. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena moved their 12 MLAs to the St. Regis Hotel in Lower Parel.
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Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to HN Reliance Foundation hospital in south Mumbai for treatment. The 80-year-old, who was spotted wearing a face mask at public events, said his symptoms were mild and he was taken to hospital as a precaution.
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The Shiv Sena, which heads the MVA, has 55 MLAs, followed by allies NCP (53) and Congress (44) in the 288-strong assembly where the current simple majority mark is 144. Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that 14 to 15 Sena MLAs, including some ministers, are with Shinde in the city of Surat in Gujarat. However, another party leader had said it could be 23. This is the first time the rebel MLAs have been brought into Assam outside of the north-eastern region.