Maharashtra MVA Crisis: Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday hit out at the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, saying that he was ready to step down as CM if the rebels wanted him to. “If any of my MLA says that they don’t want me to be the chief minister, I am ready to resign. I am not someone who will fight for a chair,” he said. Thackeray said he was not someone who will fight for chair. In his Facebook Live interaction, the Maharashtra CM invited Shinde and other rebels to come back to Mumbai and have direct talks with him over the issues. This comes after rebel party leader Eknath Shinde claimed support of 46 MLAs, including six ministers. The 34 Shiv Sena MLAs who are part of the breakaway faction have passed a resolution appointing Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature party.
The Shiv Sena, which heads the MVA, has 55 MLAs, followed by allies the NCP (53) and the Congress (44) in the 288-member 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 Gujarat’s Surat city. This is for the first time that the rebel MLAs outside the northeast region have been brought to Assam.
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Eknath Shinde in a tweet said that to ensure the survival of Shiv Sena and its Sainiks, it is necessary to step out of this “unnatural” alliance (Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP).
“In the last two years under the MVA government, only the coalition partners benefitted while the Shiv Sainiks were left frustrated. While our allies gained strength the Shiv Sena and Sainiks were deliberately weakened. For ensuring the survival of the party and Sainiks, it is necessary to step out of this unnatural alliance. It is time to take a decision for the greater good of Maharashtra,” he wrote.
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In his address to the people of Maharashtra on Facebook, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked Eknath Shinde to come forward, while making an emotional appeal to the ‘rebel’ MLAs that he wants the numbers required to form the government to be acquired by love, not trickery. Read More
Breaking his silence after his government was pushed to the brink of collapse by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said he was ready to quit his post if the rebel MLAs tell him that they don’t want him to continue as CM. Read More
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An evening meeting called by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his official residence Varsha in Mumbai stands cancelled, reports News18. It was scheduled to be held at 5 pm today.
The Shiv Sena has asked all its MLAs in Maharashtra, including the rebels accompanying dissident leader Eknath Shinde, to attend a legislature party meeting at 5 PM or face action under the anti-defection law.
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Struggling to tide over the internecine crisis, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday asked all its MLAs in Maharashtra, including the rebels accompanying dissident leader Eknath Shinde, to attend a legislature party meeting here at 5 PM or face action under the anti-defection law.
Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu has written a letter and issued it to some Sena ministers, including the minister of state for Home Shambhuraj Desai who is currently staying with Shinde in Guwahati.
'The Shiv Sena has called for an urgent meeting today evening at 'Varsha' bungalow as there have been attempts to make the MVA government unstable. The details regarding the meeting have been shared with all the members (MLAs) on their registered e-mail address, Whatsapp and by way of SMS.
'You cannot remain absent to the meeting without providing a valid and sufficient reason. If you do not attend the meeting, it would be presumed that you have a clear intention of leaving the party. Hence, there will be action taken against you based on the provisions for preventing anti-defection,' the letter said. PTI
Born in 1964, Shinde hails from the Maratha community and is said to have left education early to make a living. His family, which originally belongs to Satara district, moved to Thane in the 70s.
Shinde spent most of his childhood doing odd jobs, at places such as a beer brewery and fishery, apart from his stint as an auto-rickshaw driver to make ends meet. Read More
In conversation with Times Now, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde claimed that he has support of 46 MLAs, including six ministers. He also said that no decision has been taken yet on the future course of action or forging an alliance with BJP.
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Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik on Wednesday said the party should renew ties with the BJP, as the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government faces a crisis following a revolt by a section of Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde.
Sarnaik, the MLA from Thane's Ovala-Majiwada constituency, has been facing a probe by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. He had last year written a letter to Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, saying the party should team up with the BJP to save its leaders from action by central agencies.
A Maharashtra Shiv Sena minister, who is among the dissidents led by party leader Eknath Shinde, on Wednesday said they do not have any complaints against the Sena leadership, but they have been upset with the style of function of the NCP and Congress, the other two ruling alliance partners in the state.
Speaking to a TV channel over phone, Maharashtra minister Sandipan Bhumare, who is among the dissidents, said, “We do not have any complaints against the Shiv Sena leadership. We have raised our complaints with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, that it was getting difficult to work with the NCP and Congress ministers. It was very difficult for us to get our proposals and work requests approved from their ministers.” To a query, Bhumare said he was given a cabinet portfolio and was satisfied with it.
“What else do I need in life. But, as a people's representative, I need to address the grievances of my people. I could not do it properly because of these two alliance partners,” he added.
Meanwhile, another dissident Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsath told a TV channel that 35 party legislators were in Guwahati.
“A couple of more MLAs will join us by today evening. We also have the support of three independent MLAs,” he claimed. Shirsath also targeted state NCP and Congress ministers and claimed their “hostile behaviour” forced the Sena legislators to revolt. PTI
Amid the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called a Cabinet meeting at 1 pm today.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, who played a crucial role in the formation of the MVA government, said it will complete its full five-year term, in New Delhi on Tuesday. He ruled out going with BJP, in case the state government falls.