Maharashtra Political Crisis: As rebel camp names new faction ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’, Uddhav retorts -‘ask for votes in the name of your father’

Maharashtra Political Crisis, Shiv Sena News Live, Eknath Shinde Live News: Talking to FE online, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraish said that the Shiv Sena might have sent the (names of) 16 die-hard supporters of the ‘rebel’ camp for disqualification in a desperate attempt to intimidate the rest sitting on the fence to return.

Shiv Sena was part of both the Opposition meets held at Delhi and Mumbai last month to decide upon a joint Opposition face for the upcoming elections.

Eknath Shinde Live News, Maharashtra Political Crisis Live: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday hit out at the Eknath Shinde camp for naming the group after Balasaheb Thackeray. After the national executive meeting of the party ended, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters, “The Maharashtra CM at the meeting said that the leaders who have left Shiv Sena should not ask for votes in the name of Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray. Ask for votes in the name of your father.” Earlier in the day, the Eknath Shinde faction announced that it was calling itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb Group’ at a meeting in Guwahati. Reacting to this development, senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said that such groups will not be recognised as long as it is legally authorised by the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly. The Mumbai Police on Saturday imposed Section 144 in the city till July 10 as Shiv Sena workers threatened retaliation against the ‘rebel’ MLAs. The Maharashtra police, especially in Mumbai, were put on high alert on Friday after receiving intelligence inputs of Shiv Sainiks hitting the streets in huge numbers. Earlier, Sanjay Raut said that the families of the rebel MLAs won’t be provided security after rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray claiming that the removal of security for the families of the 38 ‘rebel’ MLAs was done with ‘malicious’ intent, while adding that it is the duty of the state government to protect them and their families. Reacting to the attack on Shiv Sena ‘rebel’ MLA Tanaji Sawant’s office, Pune party unit chief Sanjay More said that “all traitors and rebel MLAs who have troubled our chief Uddhav Thackeray will face this type of action.”

In order to decide the fate of Maharashtra amid the ongoing political turmoil, several stakeholders have called important meetings on Saturday with the Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis met BJP’s allies Union Ramdas Athawale at his residence. Soon after the National Executive Meet, which was attended by Uddhav Thackeray and state minister Aaditya Thackeray, concluded, disqualification notices were sent to 16 ‘rebel’ MLAs by the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Narhari Zirwal. The 16 legislators will have to file their written replies by June 27. Talking to FE online, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraish said that the Shiv Sena might have sent the (names of) 16 die-hard supporters of the ‘rebel’ camp for disqualification in a desperate attempt to intimidate the rest sitting on the fence to return.

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17:09 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Will never forget the betrayal done by rebel MLAs: Aaditya Thackeray

“You already know what was discussed in the meeting, the important thing is that we will not forget the betrayal done by rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. We (Shiv Sena) will win for sure,” Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray told reporters. (ANI)

17:07 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
We haven’t left the party, we are the real Shiv Sena: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

“We are still in Shiv Sena, there's misunderstanding that we've left the party. We've just separated our faction. We've 2-3rd majority to follow the path we wanted. Our new leader chosen by majority. They didn't have more than 16-17 MLAs,” Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar said. (ANI)

17:06 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
We will go to court if our faction isn’t recognised: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

“Recognition should be given to our faction, if it isn't given, we'll go to court and prove our existence and numbers. We've numbers, but we respect CM Uddhav Thackeray, we won't speak against him. We must follow the path on which we fought Assembly elections,” said Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar. (ANI)

17:04 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
We will pay for our own expenses, BJP not behind this rebellion: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

“No party is paying for our expenses (of hotel accommodation), our leader Eknath Shinde called us and we came and stayed here (Guwahati hotel); will pay the expenses. BJP isn't behind all of this,” says Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar. (ANI)

16:47 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Rebel MLAs meeting underway at Guwahati hotel

Meeting of rebel MLAs at a hotel in Guwahati underway.

16:07 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Strict action will be taken against those who used Balasaheb’s name: Raut

“We'll take legal action against those who have used Balasaheb Thackeray's name for their self-centred politics. Those who have left can't use our patriarch's name,” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

16:00 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Office of Eknath Shinde’s son comes under attack

A video that went viral on social media on Saturday showed some people damaging the board outside the office of Shrikant Shinde, Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan in Thane district and son of Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde.

It showed some people throwing stones at the Ulhasnagar office of Shrikant Shinde and they can also be heard raising pro-Uddhav Thackeray slogans. In the video, four policemen can be seen chasing away the group, comprising eight to ten persons. Police are at the site and a probe was on, officials said. (PTI)

15:43 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
16 rebel MLAs sent disqualification notice by Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly

Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs of Eknath Shinde camp currently staying in Guwahati, Assam. (ANI)

15:41 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Uddhav Thackeray leaves Sena Bhavan after the party’s national executive meeting

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and state minister Aaditya Thackeray leaves Sena Bhavan after the party's national executive meeting.

15:39 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Former Advocate General of Maharashtra explains the constitutional process behind the dismissal of MLAs

“The disqualification of MLAs will be based on a legal argument. The Dy Speaker will have to grant them (rebel MLAs and Shiv Sena) a hearing before deciding on the disqualification of MLAs,” Shrihari Aney, Former Advocate General of Maharashtra and Constitutional Expert tells ANI.

15:38 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Disqualification of MLAs matter will eventually go to the courts: Former Advocate General of Maharashtra

“This matter will not get over in Legislature only, it will go to the Judiciary. Such matters are brought to the High Court or Supreme Court on a special basis. A judicial review is demanded by the aggrieved in the court,” Former Advocate General of Maharashtra Shrihari Aney was quoted as saying to news agency ANI.

15:32 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Uddhav Thackeray hits out at Eknath Shinde for naming ‘rebel’ camp after Balasaheb

“Some people are asking me to say something but I've already said that they(rebel MLAs) can do whatever they want to do, I won't interfere in their matters. They can take their own decision, but no one should use Balasaheb Thackeray's name,” said Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

14:58 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Uddhav chairs Shiv Sena’s national executive meet; all eyes on action against rebels

The national executive meeting of the Shiv Sena is underway at the party's headquarters in the city on Saturday, where Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the party president, is expected to take a decision on the action against the rebel MLAs, including Eknath Shinde.

14:31 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
WATCH: Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Sena Bhavan amid Maharashtra political turmoil

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray arrives for the National Executive meet called by the party on Saturday.

14:29 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Security tightened outside Eknath Shinde’s Thane residence

Eknath Shinde is camping with at least 50 'rebel' Maharashtra MLAs at a plush hotel in the outskirts of Guwahati.

14:06 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Such groups are unconstitutional: Congress’ Ashok Chavan on Shinde’s ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’ Group

“Until it gets legal authorization from Speaker, such type of groups will not be authorised,” says Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan on 'Shiv Sena Balasaheb' new group formed by Eknath Shinde camp.

13:47 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis meets Union Minister Ramdas Athawale amid MVA crisis

13:46 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
WATCH: Aaditya Thackeray arrives at Sena Bhavan for national executive committee meeting

13:40 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
At Guwahati meeting, Shinde camp forms ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’ group

'Shiv Sena Balasaheb' new group formed by Eknath Shinde camp, Former MoS Home and rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar tells news agency ANI

13:11 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Mumbai police on high alert as Shiv Sena plans more attacks on rebel MLAs offices

Mumbai Police issues a high alert and asks all Police Stations to ensure security at all political offices in the city. It has been directed that officer-level Police personnel shall visit every political office to ensure their safety. (ANI)

13:09 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Request Amit Shah to protect families of rebel MLAs against Sena goons: Navneet Rana

“I request Amit Shah to provide security to families of MLAs who are leaving Uddhav Thackeray & making their own decisions, staying connected with Balasaheb's ideology. Uddhav Thackeray's goondaism should be ended…I request for President's Rule in state,” said Amravati MP Navneet Rana. (ANI)

12:19 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Rebel legislator Deepak Kesarkar to address media today evening

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar to hold a press conference, virtually, today evening. He is currently camping with other rebel MLAs in Assam's Guwahati. (ANI)

11:52 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
WATCH – Shiv Sena workers vandalise the office of rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant

11:41 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Sanjay Raut’s fresh floor test challenge to ‘rebel’ Shiv Sena MLAs

“Stop bleating like a goat (to BJP leaders)… During our meeting last night in the presence of Sharad Pawar, we received a call from 10 (rebel) MLAs… Come to the floor of the House, and we will know who is stronger,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut tells 'rebel' MLAs. (ANI)

11:24 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Don’t get involved in Shiv Sena’s matter: Raut warns BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis

“We are sure once (rebel) MLAs come back to Mumbai, they'll return to our side again. I would advise Devendra Fadnavis (BJP leader) to not get involved in this matter, and save whatever is left of his dignity. We'll see each other in elections,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters. (ANI)

11:22 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
No one can break our party with money, it has been made with our blood: Raut

“We'll sit together at meeting, discuss party's expansion, and its future. Party is very big, and cannot be hijacked with such ease. It's been made with our blood. Several sacrificed to make it. No one can break it with money,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on party meet. (ANI)

11:16 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Sanjay Raut reacts to Eknath Shinde’s letter over the withdrawal of security of family members of 38 MLAs

“You are an MLA, so security has been provided to you. Your family members can't be provided with the same,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Eknath Shinde's letter over the withdrawal of security of family members of 38 MLAs (ANI)

11:14 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Who is footing hotel bills in Guwahati, Surat, asks NCP; says IT dept, ED should find source of ‘black money

Who is paying bills of hotels in Surat and Guwahati as well as the chartered flight? Is it true that horsetrading rate is Rs 50 crore? If ED and IT get activated, the source of the black money will be exposed: NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase (PTI)

10:57 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
If you want to become CM, go and join BJP: Thackeray to Shinde

“If a Shiv Sena worker is going to become a chief minister, you should go (with the BJP). But if you are, after all, going to become a deputy chief minister, you should have told me, I would have made you deputy chief minister,” Uddhav Thackeray tells Eknath Shinde.

10:53 (IST) 25 Jun 2022
Malicious withdrawal of security of family members of the 38 MLAs: Shinde writes to Thackeray

The protection of Shiv Sena MLAs has been withdrawn by order of the Chief Minister and the Home Minister. The government is responsible for protecting them and their families, tweets Eknath Shinde.

In another setback to the ‘Uddhav’ camp, Eknath Shinde claimed that he had the support of 50 MLAs, including 40 from the Shiv Sena camp. Shinde has been camping with the other ‘rebel’ MLAs at a 5-star hotel in the outskirts of Assam. On Friday, CM Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing a meeting of the party corporators via video-conferencing, struck a defiant note saying that the Eknath Shinde camp has no option but to join the BJP, while stating that the party was “betrayed by its own people.”