The Maharashtra government will reduce VAT on fuel soon, CM Eknath Shinde informed the state assembly on Monday. A decision to reduce VAT on fuel will be taken in the state cabinet, Shinde informed the House, while replying to a debate after he won the floor test. Meanwhile, former deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit Pawar will be the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly. The assembly approved it after NCP legislative party leader Read More
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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday while NCP chief Sharad Pawar was a big leader, what he said was just the opposite of facts. He was referring to Pawar’s statement that the new government will soon be toppled and mid-term elections will have to be held in the state. He further said all the MLAs who had voted in favour of his Shiv Sena faction will also support the NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. “All MLAs who voted in our favour today will support Droupadi Murmu in presidential polls… Sharad Pawar is a big leader, but whatever he says is just the opposite of fact. So we will complete 2.5 years of governance; next time, we’ll have 200 MLAs – 100 ours and 100 BJP’s,” he added. ANI
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday said action will be taken against all those legislators who violated the whip issued by his faction of the Sena. “We’ll see about the cabinet expansion. They (Uddhav Thackeray camp) are regularly going to courts and, even today, went to Supreme Court. Bharat Gogawale is our whip and I’m the legislative party leader. Action will be taken against those who violated our whip,” he added. ANI
Referring to the victory of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in the 2019 assembly elections, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said the new government was that of the people’s mandate 2.5 years ago but it could not be formed due to some reasons. He also praised the quick decision-making ability of deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and said he will soon get all pending works completed. In a press conference after a victorious day at the legislative assembly, Shinde said, “I’ve seen deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis’s decision-making speed in previous government. He gets the pending work completed. In this government as well, we’ll try to get all pending projects completed as soon as possible, be it the metro project or Samruddhi Mahamarg.” He further said, “This government is of people’s mandate, which couldn’t be formed 2.5 years back due to some reasons. We have today 50 (Shiv Sena) and 115 (BJP) MLAs and we will take decisions in the interest of the people of Maharashtra,” adding, “we will cut VAT on petroleum to provide relief to the people of Maharashtra… When the central government comes with any state government, the speed of development increases multifold. We will surely get benefit from Devendra Fadnavis’s experience.” ANI
For Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, the trust vote was an emotional moment. With tears in his eyes, Shinde was delighted yet choked with grief. Having engineered the perfect coup with Shiv Sena legislators who were unhappy with the Uddhav Thackeray leadership, one would have expected Shinde to don a wide smile when the speaker declared his government safe. But Shinde teared up remembering his gurus — Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and mentor ‘Dharamveer’ Anand Dighe. The CM had to fight tears towards the end of the session when he addressed the house and spoke of his struggles. He recalled how he rose through the ranks despite being wary of entering full-fledged politics. Shinde spoke of the traumatic experience of losing two of his children, Dipesh and Shubhada, to a boat accident in 2000. Standing on the floor of the assembly, Shinde’s voice cracked when he spoke about the tragedy. Composing himself he recounted how his mentor Anand Dighe asked him to wipe away his tears, bring himself together and make himself a strong and effective politician. READ MORE
Against the backdrop of the Eknath Shinde-led government winning the trust vote in the Maharashtra assembly, Shiv Sena president and former CM Uddhav Thackeray on Monday alleged it was the BJP’s ploy to finish his party, and challenged it to hold mid-term elections in the state. Addressing a meeting of Sena district presidents at the Shiv Sena Bhawan, Thackeray said it was an insult of the Constitution to run the legislative assembly in an arbitrary manner. As per a statement issued by the Sena, Thackeray, in his speech, told the Sena district presidents to stay together if they want to put up a fight. “This is BJP’s ploy to end the Shiv Sena, I dare them to hold mid-term polls in the state. Instead of playing all these games, we will go to the court of people. If we are wrong, people of the state will send us home and if you (BJP and Shinde group) are wrong, people will send you home,” the statement said quoting Thackeray. He also asked experts to express their views on whether political developments in the state were in accordance with the Constitution or if constitutional norms were violated. PTI
The Maharashtra government will reduce VAT on fuel soon, CM Eknath Shinde informed the state assembly on Monday. A decision to reduce VAT on fuel will be taken in the state cabinet, Shinde informed the House, while replying to a debate after he won the floor test. READ MORE
Quoting former deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said the senior NCP leader had told him that an “accident” has occurred in the Shiv Sena after the formation of the tripartite MVA government, which came to power in November 2019. Without taking names, Shinde also referred to Uddhav Thackeray’s statement that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had informed him ahead of the formation of MVA that leaders of Congress and NCP were not keen to work under Shinde. “But after the formation of the government, Ajit Pawar told me that an accident took place in your own party (Shiv Sena). We were never against you becoming the chief minister,” Shinde said, apparently referring to Uddhav Thackeray becoming the CM. PTI
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday said he had been suppressed for a long time and the rebellion led by him was a fallout of the unfair treatment meted out to him, an apparent reference to his old association with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena. “The happenings of today didn’t happen in just one day,” Shinde said. His rebellion last month with a section of Shiv Sena MLAs culminated in the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government. PTI
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said his faction of the Shiv Sena and BJP will get 200 MLAs elected in the next elections. He also said the agenda of the new government were development and Hindutva. “We were Shivsainiks, we are Shivsainiks and will continue to be Shivsainiks,” said Shinde, adding that, “we are sainiks of late Balasaheb and Anand Dighe. Development and Hindutva are on our agenda.”
Calling the alliance with NCP and Congress “unnatural”, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said, “While being in Sena, we could not take action against those allied with Dawood Ibrahim, we could not laud Veer Savarkar because we were with Congress while we we were in the (previous) government.”
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday targeted the Thackeray faction the Shiv Sena and said it used derogatory language against us and compared us to animals as well as corpses. “At one hand you sent people to meet me and have a dialogue (after revolt), but on the other hand abused me and pelted my house with stones. They used several derogatory language against us and the women. They compared us with animals, abused us and called us living corpse.”
Former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar will be the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly. The assembly approved it after NCP legislative party leader Jayant Patil proposed the same, said the assembly’s principal secretary. READ MORE
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde on Monday said he was ready to be a martyr to save the Shiv Sena. He gave an emotional speech in the assembly and was choked with tears saying how he was disturbed by the way he was treated during the assembly polls in 2019. “They (the Thackerays) must understand why such a big incident (the rebellion) took place. They should find the root cause of it,” he said, adding, “I thank all the Sena and other independent MLAs for being with me in the past 10 to 15 days. I am proud of these 50 MLAs. When we started this mission, none of them asked where we are going and how many days it will take. This is a historical moment in Maharashtra politics and, as Fadnavisji told me, 33 countries have taken note of it.”
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde choked up on Monday during an emotional speech after winning the trust vote. He broke down and referred to two of his children who had died many years ago. He also alleged threats to his family over his rebellion against the Shiv Sena. Remembering how Sena icon Anand Dighe consoled him after the death of his children, Shinde said, “…I could not give much time to my son Shrikant. My two children died – at the time, Anand Dighe consoled me. I used to think, what is there to live for? I will stay with my family.” But, he said, Dighe helped him recover and told him to wipe his own tears as well as others’.
#WATCH | Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde breaks down as he remembers his family in the Assembly, "While I was working as a Shiv Sena Corporator in Thane, I lost 2 of my children & thought everything is over…I was broken but Anand Dighe Sahab convinced me to continue in politics." pic.twitter.com/IVxNl16HOW
— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2022
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde also said he was thankful to deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis for giving him the chance to work as a minister in the previous government. “I thank Devendra Fadnavis ji that he gave me a chance to work as a minister (in the last goverment)… And I could work on Samruddhi Mahamarg project. He was to give the deputy CM post to Shiv Sena also (in 2019),” Shinde added. ANI
After winning the crucial trust vote in the special Maharashtra assembly session on Monday, chief minister Ekbnath Shinde said he never eyed the post but he was supposed to be made CM during the MVA government. “Initially, I was supposed to be made CM in the MVA govt… But later Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar) or someone said I should not be made CM. I had no problem and I told Uddhav ji to go ahead, and that I was with him. I never eyed that post,” Shinde said, adding, “We are Shivsainiks and we will always be Shivsainiks of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe.” ANI
Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar, two prominent Maharashtra Congress MLAs, walked into the state assembly after the Eknath Shinde camp had already demonstrated a comfortable majority. READ MORE
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday questioned the legitimacy of the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and said the group cannot claim to be the original Sena. In a jolt to former CM Uddhav Thackeray ahead of the Eknath Shinde-led government’s floor test, Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar has reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena legislature party leader, removing Ajay Chaudhary.
Narvekar also recognised the appointment of Bharat Gogawale from the Shinde camp as the chief whip of the Sena, removing Sunil Prabhu, who belongs to the Thackeray faction. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Raut said these MLAs (of the Shinde group) should ask themselves some questions. They used the party symbol and all benefits that come along with it to win election, and then broke the same party. “We will definitely contest it in court. The Shinde faction left the Shiv Sena, then how can they claim that their group is the original party, and not the one led by Uddhav Thackeray. The Thackeray name is synonymous with the Shiv Sena, the Rajya Sabha member said.
Shyamsundar Shinde, from Shetkari Kamgar Paksh, voted in favour of Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde in the trust vote today. He did not join the Shinde faction but voted in their favour.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday proved his government’s majority in the state assembly today.
The trust vote ends the two weeks of political tussle that split the Shiv Sena and brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena alliance. READ MORE
After winning the crucial trust vote in the special Maharashtra assembly session on Monday, chief minister Eknath Shinde said he never eyed the post but he was supposed to be made CM during the MVA government. He said he had been suppressed for a long time and the rebellion led by him was a fallout of the unfair treatment meted out to him, an apparent reference to his old association with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena. “The happenings of today didn’t happen in just one day,” Shinde said. His rebellion last month with a section of Shiv Sena MLAs culminated in the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government.
Shinde said his faction of the Shiv Sena and BJP will get 200 MLAs elected in the next elections. He also said the agenda of the new government were development and Hindutva. “We were Shivsainiks, we are Shivsainiks and will continue to be Shivsainiks,” said Shinde, adding that, “we are sainiks of late Balasaheb and Anand Dighe. Development and Hindutva are on our agenda.”
“Initially, I was supposed to be made CM in the MVA govt… But later Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar) or someone said I should not be made CM. I had no problem and I told Uddhav ji to go ahead, and that I was with him. I never eyed that post,” Shinde said, adding, “We are Shivsainiks and we will always be Shivsainiks of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe.”
Shinde won the floor test in the legislative assembly on the last day of the two-day special session of the house. In the 288-member house, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 99 voted against it. Three legislators abstained from voting, while 21 legislators, including Congress’s Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar, were absent during the trust vote.
Speaker Rahul Narvekar announced that the trust vote was carried by a majority vote. After the death of a Shiv Sena MLA recently, the current strength of the assembly is reduced to 287, thus the majority mark is 144.
Last month, Shinde launched a rebellion against the Sena. Majority of MLAs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray. Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30, a day after Thackeray quit the post. BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the deputy CM.
During the floor test, MLAs Abu Azmi and Rais Shaikh (both of the Samajwadi Party) and Shah Farukh Anwar (AIMIM) abstained from voting. Eleven Congress MLAs — Chavan, Vijay Wadettiwar, Dheeraj Deshmukh, Praniti Shinde, Jitesh Antapurkar, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Raju Awale, Mohan Hambarde, Kunal Patil, Madhavrao Jawalgaonkar and Shirish Chaudhary – were absent during the floor test.
Chavan and Wadettiwar came late and were unable to enter the house at the time of the vote. The NCP legislators absent from the house were – Anil Deshmukh, Nawab Malik, Dattatray Bharane, Anna Bansode, Babandada Shinde and Sangram Jagtap. Deshmukh and Malik are currently in jail following arrest in separate money laundering cases.
Two BJP MLAs – Mukta Tilak and Laxman Jagtap – both of whom are seriously ill, also did not come to the house, while Narvekar could not vote as he is the speaker. AIMIM legislator Mufti Mohammad Ismail also did not attend the session.
Ahead of the floor test, Sena MLA Santosh Bangar, from the Uddhav Thackeray camp, joined Shinde’s faction, taking its tally to 40. Speaking in the house after the floor test, Fadnavis said when some MLAs were voting, members from the opposition benches shouted “ED, ED”.
“It is true the new government is formed by ED, which stands for Eknath and Devendra, the BJP leader remarked. Without taking the name of former CM Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis claimed Maharashtra witnessed a “deficit of leadership availability” in the last few years.
“But, there are two leaders in the House (Shinde and himself), who will always be available for people, Fadnavis said. On Sunday, in a jolt to former CM Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar reinstated Eknath Shinde as the Shiv Sena legislature party leader, removing Ajay Chaudhary.
Narvekar had also recognised the appointment of Bharat Gogawale from the Shinde camp as the chief whip of the Sena, removing Sunil Prabhu, who belongs to the Thackeray faction. Following is the party position in the Assembly: Shiv Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44, BJP 106, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi 3, Samajwadi Party 2, AIMIM 2, Prahar Janshakti Party 2, MNS 1, CPI (M) 1, PWP 1, Swambhimani Paksha 1, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha 1, Jansurajya Shakti Party 1, Krantikari Shetkari Party 1, and Independents 13.