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Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: BJP Leader Devendra Fadnavis Meets Governor at Raj Bhavan, Seeks Floor Test

Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray claimed 15-20 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs are in touch with him and have urged to bring them back from Guwahati | June 28, 2022, 23:20 IST

Rebel leader Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena MLAs, and independents, who were lodged in Guwahati are likely to come to Mumbai on Thursday, sources told News18. Shinde has reportedly consulted lawyers to discuss the possibility of a floor test in the Maharashtra assembly. Meanwhile, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari may ask CM Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority sometime this week. Read More

Jun 28, 2022 22:18 IST

Devendra Fadnavis Meets Governor, Asks for Floor Test

The Maharashtra political drama saw a big development on Tuesday night with Devendra Fadnavis meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. Sources said the BJP has sought a floor test. Fadnavis was accompanied by BJP leaders Chandrakant Patil, Ashish Shelar, Pravin Darekar, Girish Mahajan and Shrikant Bharatiya.

Jun 28, 2022 18:47 IST

All Our Support is Intact, Says Maha Min Aslam Shaikh After Cabinet Meeting

“There is no need to talk about it (Maharashtra political crisis). All our support is intact. One support is in the form of physical presence here. The other support is in the form of electronic media or email,” Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI after the state cabinet meeting today.

Jun 28, 2022 18:45 IST

'Everything is Normal': Maha Min Subhash Desai

Maharashtra Minister Subhash Desai today said a state cabinet meeting will take place on Wednesday as well. “Everything is normal in the government,” he said.

Jun 28, 2022 18:15 IST

22 Rebel MLAs Came to Sena from NCP, They Can't Talk About Hindutva: Raut

Slamming the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs’ claim that their fight was for protecting the party’s Hindutva moorings, Sena MP Sanjay Raut today said more than half of them were earlier with the NCP. Many rebel MLAs as well as their leader and senior Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde have said that they did not approve of the Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to sever the ties with the like-minded BJP and join hands with the NCP and Congress. Speaking at a public rally at Alibag near Mumbai, Raut said, “The rebel MLAs supporting Eknath Shinde are saying their cause is to protect the Hindutva envisaged by party founder Balasaheb Thackeray. “Twenty-two of them have come from the Nationalist Congress Party. What Hindutva they are talking about? Those who opposed Balasaheb Thackeray ended up ruining their own career,” he said.

Jun 28, 2022 18:11 IST

Maharashtra Cabinet Meeting Concludes

A Maharashtra cabinet meeting took place today evening in Mumbai amid the ongoing political tussle. According to sources, the cabinet discussed crops, rains and Covid-19 situation during the meeting. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal, both Covid-19 positive, attended the meeting through video conferencing.

Jun 28, 2022 17:34 IST

BJP Watching Sena Crisis in Maha from a Distance: Vijayvargiya

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya today said his party was watching the turmoil in the ruling Shiv Sena in neighbouring Maharashtra from a distance. The main constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi in the neighbouring state plunged into disarray on June 21 after senior leader Eknath Shinde rebelled against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and was now in Guwahati with a sizable number of dissidents. “We have no role in the current turmoil in Maharashtra. This (rebellion) is internal strife of the Shiv Sena. We are just standing at a distance and watching it,” Vijayvargiya told reporters. Speaking about reports of Sainiks loyal to Thackeray attacking offices of rebel MLAs, he said efforts were being made to create a “West Bengal like situation” in Maharashtra by spreading fear and terror.

Jun 28, 2022 17:18 IST

Uddhav Govt Will Complete Its Term, Says Maha Min Aaditya Thackeray

Maharashtra cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said, “Uddhav’s government will complete its term. The people of Maharashtra are with the Chief Minister. He has their blessings. No one stands with traitors. If some of them want to return, they should have a heart to heart with the CM.”

Jun 28, 2022 17:00 IST

Mumbai Police Ask BJP, Sena MLAs to Meet Amid Maha Political Crisis

Mumbai Police Commissioner has asked BJP and Shiv Sena MLAs to meet to discuss to maintain peace and law and order situation in the Maharashtra’s capital city amid the ongoing political turmoil in the state.

Jun 28, 2022 16:38 IST

I Am Very Proud of CM Uddhav Thackeray, Says NCP's Supriya Sule

“Those who are speaking against NCP (from Eknath Shinde faction) were once in NCP. Deepak bhau was in NCP, Uday Samant was in the party’s youth wing. What hurts me is that when they left NCP, we didn’t say bad words to them, but now they are targeting us. I am very proud of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Today, in the absence of Balasaheb, he (Uddhav) has made a sensitive appeal to his MLAs. I am not an astrologer, but I feel that if someone from family has left, then the whole family should try to bring them back,” NCP leader Supriya Sule was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Jun 28, 2022 16:25 IST

Maha: Two Thane Leaders Supporting Rebel Shinde Expelled from Sena

Former Thane mayor and Shiv Sena coordinator in the district Meenakshi Shinde has been expelled from the party amid a rebellion by Eknath Shinde. She was being expelled for anti-party activities on the directions of party president (and chief minister) Uddhav Thackeray, a Sena statement issued here on Tuesday said. Earlier, another former Thane mayor, Naresh Mhaske, and coordinator Rahul Londe were expelled from the party. All these leaders have been actively taking part in rallies and gatherings in support of Eknath Shinde. In another development, the photographs of Eknath Shinde and his Lok Sabha MP son Shrikant Shinde have been removed from the Sena office in Dombivali, and others are expected to follow suit.

Jun 28, 2022 16:19 IST

Shinde Doesn't Have Majority Number of 144: NCP Leader Supriya Sule

Speaking to the media on Maharashtra political situation, NCP leader Supriya Sule said, “I have seen Uddhav ji’s tweet. I have emotions attached to this family (Thackeray). Governments will come and go, but these relations will last longer. Eknath Shinde doesn’t have the majority number of 144. He only has 50 from what I have heard, so it can’t be said that he has the majority.”

Jun 28, 2022 16:14 IST

No MLA in Touch With Anyone: Eknath Shinde

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati with other rebel legislators, told the media, “Our spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar is giving you all updates. You will get all updates via our spokesperson. All MLAs are comfortable. No MLA is in touch with anyone. If they (Shiv Sena) are saying that they should reveal names. Total 50 people are here and are staying with their own will. We are and will take Balasaheb’s Hindutva ahead.”

Jun 28, 2022 16:04 IST

Did Ajit Pawar Have A Role in Maha Turmoil? Distrust Among MVA Amid Talks of BJP Forming Govt

While the movement of Shiv Sena chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis has been at the core of discussions related to Maharashtra’s political turmoil, there is one politician who has managed to stay off the limelight. It is this politician – NCP’s Ajit Pawar — who is now being discussed in hush-hush voices over cups of tea in drawing rooms. Read More

Jun 28, 2022 15:46 IST

Maha CM Uddhav Appeals to Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

Issuing a statement to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs camping in Assam’s capital city Guwahati, Maharashtra Chief Minister and party president Uddhav Thackeray said, “You have been stuck in Guwahati for the last few days. Every day new information is coming out about you, many of you are also in touch. You are still in Shiv Sena. The family members of some of you MLAs have also contacted me and conveyed their feelings to me. I respect your feelings as the head of Shiv Sena’s family. As the head of the family, I tell you from the bottom of my heart. Get rid of the confusion, there will be a definite way out of it, we will sit together and find a way out of it. Don’t fall prey to anyone’s missteps, the honor given to you by Shiv Sena cannot be found anywhere, if you come forward and speak, the way will be paved. As Shiv Sena party chief and family head, I am still worried about you.”

Jun 28, 2022 15:05 IST

No MLA in Touch with Anyone, Staying Here With Their Will: Shinde on Raut's Claim

Eknath Shinde on Tuesday said that no rebel Shiv Sena MLA is in touch with anyone. “Our spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar is giving you all updates. You will get all updates via our spokesperson. All MLAs are comfortable. No MLA is in touch with anyone. If they (Sena) are saying that they should reveal names. Total 50 people are here and are staying with their own will. We are and will take Balasaheb’s Hindutva ahead,” he said.

Jun 28, 2022 15:02 IST

Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde Removed from Shiv Sena

Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde has been removed from Shiv Sena for anti-party activities.

Jun 28, 2022 14:49 IST

ED Sends Second Summon to Sanjay Raut, Asks Him to Appear Before July 1

Enforcement Directorate sends a second summon to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, asking him to appear before them on July 1 in connection with the Patra Chawl land scam case.

Jun 28, 2022 14:10 IST

Maharashtra Cabinet Meeting Will Now Happen at 5 pm: CMO

Jun 28, 2022 14:09 IST

Devendra Fadnavis and Mahesh Jethmalani Reach Delhi

Former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and Mahesh Jethmalani reach Delhi.

Devendra Fadnavis and Mahesh Jethmalani Reach Delhi

Jun 28, 2022 14:04 IST

Shinde, '50 MLAs' to Reach Mumbai on Thursday, Say Sources

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, party MLAs and independents, who were lodged in Guwahati, will return back to Mumbai on Thursday, sources told News18.

Amid the crisis in Maharashtra, Shrikant Shinde, Shiv Sena MP and the son of rebel MLA Eknath Shinde claimed legitimacy for the faction led by his father and said that rebel leaders are Shiv Sainiks and all belong to Shiv Sena. “I think today there are more than 50 MLAs under the leadership of Shinde Saheb. Everyone says that we are still in Shiv Sena. All are Shiv Sainiks and all belong to Shiv Sena,” he said, according to NDTV.

In a petition to Supreme Court on Monday, Eknath Shinde said the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra has lost its majority in the house as 38 of 55 Shiv Sena legislators have withdrawn their support for the coalition.

Speaking on the relief from the Supreme Court on the disqualification notice to 16 rebels, Shrikant Shinde said the “truth has won”. “The Deputy Chairman tried to disqualify them illegally, it was not right. That’s why we filed a petition in the Supreme Court and we have won,” he said.

As the crisis unfolded last week, reports said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was ready to resign on June 22, after it was clear that there was no way out. However, MVA allies convinced him not to resign, sources said.

The sources said that Thackeray was also in touch with BJP leaders to find a way out of the crisis. Thackeray was scheduled to resign and then go to memorial of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray on the evening of June 22.

Cracking the whip against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray divested nine ministers who have jumped ship of their portfolios, while the dissident party MLAs took their fight to the Supreme Court, which kept in abeyance their disqualification proceedings before the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly till July 11.

A week into the political crisis – triggered when Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, who has claimed the support of more than three dozen party MLAs, raised a banner of revolt against the Shiv Sena leadership – both sides have refused to blink and appear prepared for a long fight.

The revolt in the Shiv Sena, which heads the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, has pushed the three-party ruling coalition, which also consists of the NCP and the Congress, into a deep crisis.

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