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Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: Sena Demands Assembly Dy Speaker to Cancel Membership of 12 Rebel MLAs, Including Shinde

Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: Eknath Shinde has remained defiant and claimed support of "enough number" of MLAs | June 23, 2022, 23:47 IST
Shiv Sena MLAs pose with Eknath Shinde, who is currently leading a rebellion against the party and its alliance with the Congress and NCP, at Guwahati in Assam.

Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray vacated his official residence ‘Varsha’ and moved into his family home ‘Matoshree’ amid dramatic scenes, Shiv Sena lashed out at rebel MLAs in its editorial ‘Saamna’. Asking them to “wake up on time”, it said that it is now clear who was behind the “excess victory” for someone (BJP) in the recent Rajya Sabha and Maharashtra MLC Read More

Jun 23, 2022 21:55 IST

Shiv Sena Demands Cancellation of Membership of 12 MLAs

Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said a whip was issued to MLAs. “Since they didn’t obey and gave prior notice. We have received replies. So we have brought those replies to the notice of the Vidhan Bhavan. Twelve names are there in the petition submitted to Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker. Membership of Eknath Shinde, Balaji Kinikar, Lata Sonawane and Bharat Gogawle among 12 others should be cancelled. We have asked the Deputy Speaker to take action against these 12.”

Jun 23, 2022 21:47 IST

2 MLAs, 1 MLC Arrive in Guwahati to Joint Shinde Camp

Two MLAs – Sanjay Rathore and Dadaji Bhuse – and one MLC Ravindra Fhatak have arrived in Assam’s capital city Guwahati to join rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde camp. Reportedly, more than 37 MLAs of Shiv Sena are present with Shinde in the city.

Jun 23, 2022 21:38 IST

Shiv Sena's Key Meet Tomorrow at 1 PM

A key meeting of Shiv Sena will be held on Friday at 1 pm at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai. Zilla Pramukhs of the party have been called for the meet. This came a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting of Mumbai Sampark Pramukhs.

Jun 23, 2022 21:22 IST

Thackeray Govt's Fate Will Be Decided in Assembly: Sharad Pawar

NCP president Sharad Pawar today said the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra will be decided on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition will prove its majority in a trust vote. Addressing a press conference amid the turmoil caused by the rebellion by Sena minister Eknath Shinde and several Sena MLAs, Pawar also asserted that the BJP has played a role in the crisis that has befallen the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. “The fate of the MVA government will be decided in the Assembly, not in Guwahati (where the rebels are camping). The MVA will prove its majority on the floor of the House,” Pawar said.

Jun 23, 2022 21:14 IST

Shiv Sena Likely to File Plea Seeking Disqualification of Rebel MLAs

According to sources, Shiv Sena is likely to file a plea with the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker seeking disqualification of about 15 rebel MLAs. The plea was settled by top Supreme Court lawyers.

Jun 23, 2022 21:04 IST

MLAs of Other States Can Also Come & Stay in Assam, Says CM Sarma

“There are many good hotels in Assam, anyone can come there and stay. There is no issue with it. I don’t know if Maharashtra MLAs are staying in Assam. MLAs of other states can also come and stay in Assam,” said Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Delhi when asked about Maharashtra rebel MLAs camping in Guwahati.

Jun 23, 2022 20:52 IST

Shinde Says 'National Party' Has Assured All Help; Ajit Pawar Says No BJP Role in Maha Political Drama

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, whose rebellion against the party has pushed the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to the brink of collapse, said a “national party” has termed their revolt as “historic” and assured to provide all help to them. A video of Shinde addressing the group of rebel Sena legislators at a Guwahati hotel was released by his office here. The video also showed the legislators unanimously authorising Shinde to take further decision on their behalf as their group leader. Read More

Jun 23, 2022 20:05 IST

Govt Under Uddhav Thackeray Will Continue, Says NCP's Sharad Pawar

“Vidhan Sabha is the only way to ascertain whether there is majority or not. I have seen a similar situation in Maharashtra several times. I think that this government will navigate through this and the government under Uddhav Thackeray will continue. Those who have gone out have said they are unhappy about Congress-NCP,” said NCP chief Sharad Pawar while addressing the media.

Jun 23, 2022 19:28 IST

This Govt Will Run, Says Maha Dy CM Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “This government will run. NCP will not step back and keep on supporting the government. This is Shiv Sena’s internal matter. Uddhav Thackeray will make the final decision.”

Jun 23, 2022 19:11 IST

Responsibility of All 3 Parties to Save MVA Govt, Says Ajit Pawar

“It is the responsibility of all the three parties (NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena) to save the government,” said NCP leader and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar while addressing the media after attending party meeting in Mumbai.

Jun 23, 2022 19:05 IST

We Have Numbers for MVA Govt: NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal

“We stand with CM Uddhav Thackeray and will support him till the last moment. We have numbers for the government as no MLA of Shiv Sena has resigned nor Shiv Sena has expelled anyone from the party,” NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal told the media after the party meeting in Mumbai.

Jun 23, 2022 19:00 IST

Fadnavis to Meet Shah Today Evening

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi today evening.

Jun 23, 2022 18:58 IST

Have Decided to Support MVA Govt, Says NCP's Ajit Pawar

Addressing the media after attending a crucial NCP meeting to discuss the current political situation in the state, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “We are looking at the current situation. We have decided that we will support the MVA government. We will continue to support Uddhav Thackeray till the end. We will support Shiv Sena. I want to clarify that all reports against NCP are false. We will work under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray. We will all vote for Uddhav in the Assembly. We don’t want to criticise the statement made by Sanjay Raut. The MVA needs to work collectively. Sanjay Raut has the right to say whatever he wants to. I have no clue why he made such a statement. We will ask Uddhav about Raut’s statement.”

Jun 23, 2022 18:39 IST

Support for MVA Continues: Congress's Ashok Chavan

“To stop the BJP (from coming to power) in 2019, Maha Vikas Aghadi was constituted on a common minimum program. Congress still sticks to that and our support for Maha Vikas Aghadi continues: Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan

Jun 23, 2022 18:19 IST

Doors Still Open for Talks: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

Taking to Twitter, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “The doors are still open for talks…Discussions can lead the way.”

Jun 23, 2022 18:16 IST

Eknath Shinde Didn't Force Any MLA to Join Him: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA

“MLA Kailash Patil is trying to gain sympathy of ‘Matoshree’ by fabricating stories. He is lying in front of the media. We had arranged for him to return to Mumbai from Surat. Eknath Shinde did not force any MLA to join him,” Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Tanaji Sawant told news agency ANI.

Jun 23, 2022 18:07 IST

TMC Protests Outside Guwahati Hotel Where Rebel Sena MLAs Staying

The opposition Trinamool Congress in Assam on Thursday held a massive protest outside the luxury hotel in Guwahati where dissident Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra are camping. TMC state president Ripun Bora said when Assam is reeling under one of the worst floods ever, the BJP is engaged in “horse-trading” and trying to topple a democratically elected government. “Today, the Assam CM is trying to dismantle the democratically elected Maharashtra government. Himanta Biswa Sarma has made Assam a market for MLA trading. This horse-trading must stop,” he said. “People are living on roads and embankments. They are not getting even drinking water. See what is happening in Cachar and Barak valley. Does the CM have no responsibility other than buying MLAs under the direction of the prime minister?” he alleged. The TMC workers raised slogans like ‘Shiv Sena Go Back’ and ‘Save Democracy’ as they jostled with the security forces outside the Radisson Blu hotel on NH-37 in Gotanagar area of the city.

Jun 23, 2022 18:04 IST

The Mood in Eknath Shinde's 'War Room' 3,000 km from Maha Battlefield

The Radisson Blu in Guwahati has hosted VIPs in the past, but none of those experiences could have prepared it for the kind of attention it is receiving now. It’s roughly 3,000 km from Mumbai, but the luxury hotel is the venue where the political futures of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and the Thackerays are being written. Read More

Jun 23, 2022 18:00 IST

After Shinde Revolt, Alliance Woes for Uddhav?

Amid a rebellion powered by Shiv Sena strongman and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, the party seems to have upset its allies NCP and Congress after Sena MP Sanjay Raut said they are ready to quit the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government if the rebel MLAs return to Mumbai. Speaking to reporters in the Maharashtra capital, Raut said, “You say you are real Shiv Sainiks and will not quit the party. We are ready to consider your demand provided you come back to Mumbai in 24 hours and discuss the issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Your demand will be considered positively. Don’t write letters on Twitter and WhatsApp,” he said. Read More

Jun 23, 2022 17:45 IST

Every Party Can Go on Their Own Path: NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal on Sanjay Raut's 'Exit MVA Govt's Remark

“If what Sanjay Raut said is correct. If they (Shiv Sena) want to go on that path (exit MVA) then they should talk to our leader NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Nobody can stop them, every party can go on their own path,” said NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal when asked whether Shiv Sena mulling to quit the MVA government in Maharashtra.


“If someone’s dreaming of forming a new government, it is their fault. Sena has weathered many storms. The history of rebellions tells us that those who rebelled were brought down by the Shiv Sainiks. The Shiv Sainiks can turn these rebels from current MLAs to ex-MLAs,” it said.

Further, accusing the BJP of “orchestrating” the rebellion, it said that “Use and throw” has been the history of the BJP. “The rebel MLAs have been threatened with action by central agencies,” it said.

Meanwhile, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde remained defiant and insisted the party should walk out of “unnatural” ruling alliance MVA and claimed support of “enough number” of MLAs.

Last night, hours after reaching out to Shiv Sena dissidents with an emotional appeal and offering to quit, Thackeray vacated his office residence. The CM moved out of ‘Varsha’, his official residence in south Mumbai, and shifted to Matoshri, the private bungalow of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra.

Sena leaders like Neelam Gorhe and Chandrakant Khaire were present at ‘Varsha’ when Thackeray was leaving the official residence. Party workers raised slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official house along with his family members at around 9.50 pm. He reached outside Matoshri at around 10.30 pm. However, it took another 40 minutes for the CM to cover a short distance from outside Matoshri to inside his residence.

Breaking his silence over the revolt led by Shinde, Thackeray said he was ready to step down if the rebel leader and MLAs supporting him declare that they don’t want him to continue as CM. In an 18-minute live webcast in the evening which was delayed by 30 minutes, Thackeray, who has tested positive for Covid-19, admitted to being inexperienced and clarified that a spine surgery late last year kept him away from meeting people.

Recalling the events of November 2019 when the MVA took shape, Thackeray said he agreed to become CM despite his political inexperience after NCP president Sharad Pawar suggested him to take up the job. Thackeray said he was shocked at the ongoing political developments in the state, which started on Monday night when Shinde (58) raised a banner of revolt and landed in a hotel in Surat, around 280km from Mumbai, with a bunch of disgruntled MLAs.

“If my own people do not want me, I don’t want to stick to power. I am ready with my resignation letter even if one rebel comes and tells me face to face that he doesn’t want me as chief minister. I am also ready to quit as Shiv Sena president if Shiv Sainiks tell me so. I face challenges head on and never turn my back on them,’ he said. The CM reiterated his party’s commitment to Hindutva. “Hindutva is Shiv Sena’s breath. I was the first CM to speak about Hindutva in the Legislative Assembly,” Thackeray said.

Meanwhile, banners and hoardings have emerged at several places in Thane district of Maharashtra in support of Shinde. At some places, there are also banners in support of Thackeray. Shinde, who is the sitting MLA from Kopri-Pachpakhadi in Thane city, is a key Sena leader in the Thane-Palghar region, which is considered a stronghold of the Sena.

(with inputs from PTI)

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