Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday expressed determination to fight the political crisis gripping his government and took rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, saying Shinde’s son is a Lok Sabha MP and should his son Aaditya Thackeray not also grow politically as both sides showed no signs of backing down to break the four-day-old impasse. Thackeray said Shinde was given the key department of urban development which Read More
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A few days back when I suspected this, I called Eknath Shinde and told him to perform his duty of taking Shiv Sena forward, doing this isn’t right. He told me NCP-Congress are trying to finish us and MLAs want us to go with BJP. I told him to bring to me MLAs who want it: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
BJP, that defamed our party, my family, is the one you are talking about going with. Such a question doesn’t even arise. If MLAs want to go there they can, all of them can. I won’t. If someone wants to go – be it an MLA or someone else – come and tell us and then go: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
“If you think I am useless and incapable of running the party, tell me. I am ready to separate myself from the party, you can tell me. You respected me so far because Balasaheb said so. If you say I am incapable, then I am ready to quit the party right at this moment,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency ANI during a video conferencing.
Amid the ongoing political turmoil in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “When BJP and Shiv Sena were considered untouchables in the name of Hindutva and nobody was ready to go with BJP, Balasaheb said there should not be a division of Hindutva votes. We remained with BJP and we are suffering its consequences now. Those who left us have no option but to go to BJP. The BJP wants just one thing – to finish Shiv Sena.”
Fearing that Shiv Sainiks could take to the streets to show solidarity with party chief and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Mumbai Police has been put on high alert to avoid any untoward incident. READ MORE
I won’t enter BJP at any cost. There won’t arise any need to do so. This step has been taken to make sure that the NCP doesn’t finish Shiv Sena. This will only strengthen the Sena in the future: Rebel MLA Yogesh Kadam
Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni has been called by Assembly Secretariat to seek legal opinion on current political crisis which includes the disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs pleaded by Shiv Sena.
Leader of the Opposition and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will be meeting ally party tomorrow. Union minister Ramdas Athawale will also be meeting Fadnavis tomorrow at 11 am. Meanshile the Chief Minister has called for a Sena National Executive meeting in Sena Bhavan at 1 pm and will chair the key meeting via video conference. Aaditya Thackeray will hold a public meeting tomorrow at 6.30 PM in Birla Matoshree Sabhagrah, Marine Lines. All Youth Shiv Sainiks have been asked to attend the meet.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray will address office bearers from Sena Bhawan through video conferencing at 8 pm.
It almost seems like escaping from a hotel during a political coup like in a Bollywood film speaks of one’s loyalty, at least the drama of it makes it seem that way. If the Maharashtra political see-saw was not enough, the adventures of Shiv Sena MLAs — fright and flight — are nothing short of a thriller blockbuster movie, albeit Mumbaiyya style. READ MORE
A national executive meeting of the Shiv Sena will be held tomorrow at 1 pm.
Eknath Shinde camp in a meeting today decided that they will bring a resolution to remove Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal.
The Maharashtra Police have been asked to be on high alert in Mumbai and across the state amid the ongoing political crisis in the MVA government due to a rebellion led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.
Poster of Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande, who is currently camping in Guwahati with rebel party leader Eknath Shinde, smeared with ink and a poster showing his picture torn in Mumbai
Maharashtra | Poster of Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande, who is currently camping in Guwahati with rebel party leader Eknath Shinde, smeared with ink and a poster showing his picture torn in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/XXmfCacBAc
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state cabinet minister Jayant Patil and party leader Praful Patel arrive at CM Uddhav Thackerat’s residence Matoshree in Mumbai.
#WATCH | NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state cabinet minister Jayant Patil and party leader Praful Patel arrive at Matoshree (Thackeray residence) in Mumbai.#MaharashtraCrisis pic.twitter.com/Azq782KOHr
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Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde met and sought advice from legal experts today, according to News18 reports. The development comes as Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar says the state government is in full majority as the rebel MLAs have yet to resign from party and asserted the MVA government has the democratic right to take decisions. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray says Shiv Sena won’t be affected despite Shinde’s rebellion and asked party cadres to rebuild the party afresh.
The Assam unit of the Congress on Friday staged demonstrations near a luxury hotel where rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other Maharashtra MLAs accompanying him are staying demanding that they leave the state as it is reeling under a devastating flood. Assam Congress chief Bhupen Bora also wrote a letter to Shinde telling him that their presence at such a critical juncture has “defamed” the state.
Amid the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday reached out to the functionaries of Shiv Sena and sought to allay fears surrounding the survival of his party and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state. Thackeray claimed he did everything for rebel leader Eknath Shinde and his son Shrikant Shinde, who is a Shiv Sena MP from Lok Sabha. READ MORE
Thackeray also publicly blamed the opposition BJP for the rebellion in the Shiv Sena which has threatened the stability of his Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government which also consists of the NCP and the Congress.
In a virtual address to party functionaries, the Shiv Sena president said, “You make take the fruits and flowers of the tree. But till the roots (rank and file) are strong, I need not worry. The roots can never be uprooted. Every season, new leaves and fruits blossom. Leaves blighted by disease need to be removed and thrown. Consider the present situation in this context.”
He said he may have moved out of the official residence of the chief minister, but his determination to fight the crisis remains intact. “I have given up the temptation by moving out the chief minister’s official bungalow (Varsha) but not my determination to fight back,” he asserted and made it clear he is not after power.
The 37 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are camping in Guwahati on Thursday sent a second letter to Maharashtra Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, reaffirming that Shinde will remain their group leader in legislature. The letter stated that Shinde will be the leader of Shiv Sena Legislature Party, while Bharatshet Gogawale to be the Chief Whip of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party.
Earlier in the day, Zirwal had said that he had approved the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary as the group leader of the Shiv Sena legislature party, replacing senior minister Shinde who has rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership.
NCP president Sharad Pawar this evening met Thackeray at the latter’s residence amid the political crisis. State NCP president Jayant Patil and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar accompanied Pawar as he arrived at ‘Matoshree’, Thackeray’s private residence in Bandra area.
A day before, Ajit Pawar had said the NCP will do all it can to save the ruling alliance of the Sena, NCP and Congress. Sharad Pawar had made it clear that the fate of the coalition government will be decided on the floor of the Maharashtra Assembly and not at a hotel in Guwahati where Shinde and his supporters are camping.
A day after claiming that a “powerful national party” was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra, Shinde said no national party is in contact with them. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut admitted that the party’s numbers in the Legislative Assembly have dwindled, but expressed confidence that the rebel MLAs will support the MVA combine during a floor test.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena suffered yet another setback as one more party MLA, Dilip Lande, joined the camp of rebel legislators. Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe, who is also the Legislative Concil deputy chairperson and addressed the party functionaries, said the rebel MLA group will have to merge with a political party to escape disqualification from the Assembly.
The rebels can not use the name of Shiv Sena, she said.
(with inputs from PTI)