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Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: CM Calls for Cabinet Meeting Tomorrow; Sena MLAs, Supporting Uddhav, Shifted to Mumbai Hotel

Eknath Shinde is reportedly miffed with the top brass after he was neglected in the functioning of the party and the government | June 21, 2022, 23:16 IST

In a startling turn of events, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly offered to step down and make way for rebel minister Eknath Shinde who, along with close to two dozen MLAs, has moved to a hotel in Surat, a day after a blow to the ruling Sena-NCP-Congress coalition in the MLC elections where the BJP won five seats, with Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party bagging two each. Tuesday’s political drama came amid Read More

Jun 21, 2022 21:22 IST

Shiv Sena MLAs of Both Thackeray & Shinde Factions to be Shifted

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called for a cabinet meeting on Wednesday at 1 pm. After meeting Thackeray, Congress leader Ashok Chavan said, “It’s a conspiracy against MVA government. It’s Shiv Sena’s internal Matter.”

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLAs, who are in Surat, are likely to go to Guwahati at around 11 pm. On the other hand, 16 Shiv Sena MLAs, who are with Thackeray, will be shifted to to a hotel in lower Parel near Mumbai.

Jun 21, 2022 21:02 IST

Congress Ministers Thorat, Chavan Meet CM Thackeray Amid Maha Political Crisis

Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra’s ruling alliance triggered by Shiv Sena strongman Eknath Shinde’s rebellion, leaders of MVA constituents Congress and the NCP met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai today evening to take stock of the situation. Cabinet ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan of the Congress met Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, at his official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai, where state NCP president and minister Jayant Patil was also present. All eyes are on NCP president Sharad Pawar, the chief architect of the Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) who is likely to arrive in Mumbai soon from New Delhi, where earlier in the day he convened a crucial meeting of opposition parties to decide on a common candidate for the next month’s presidential polls.

Jun 21, 2022 20:13 IST

BJP in Haste to Dismantle Maha Govt, But Won't Succeed: Nitin Raut

“It is BJP’s pattern to attempt to topple governments in Opposition-ruled states, be it using ED, CBI or any means that can be of help, by hook or by crook. They are in haste to dismantle government in Maharashtra, but won’t succeed,” said Maharashtra Minister and Congress leader Nitin Raut to media.

Jun 21, 2022 19:58 IST

Ex-Mayor of Mumbai Makes Emotional Appeal to Eknath Shinde, Says 'Return to Shiv Sena'

A teary eyed former mayor of Mumbai Kishori Pednekar has appealed to rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde to return to the party and not join hands with BJP.

Jun 21, 2022 19:57 IST

Our Congress MLAs Are Intact, Says HK Patil

“I am in touch with our leaders. Our Congress MLAs are intact, no reason to worry. Today we are going to have a meeting. BJP playing ‘Operation Kamal’ in all those states wherever there is Opposition,” said Maharashtra Cong-in-charge HK Patil on brewing political crisis in state.

Jun 21, 2022 19:41 IST

Eknath Shinde is Our Old Friend, Says Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut

“Two of our people went there (Surat). Talks happened with Eknath Shinde. He is our old friend. Everyone knows why we left BJP and Eknath Shinde is also a witness to that,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on the political situation in Maharashtra.

Jun 21, 2022 19:10 IST

'We Are in Touch With Shinde': Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “We have maintained good relationship with Eknath Shinde. We are in touch with him. Don’t know why Shinde rebelled.”

Jun 21, 2022 18:53 IST

‘Eknath, You've Done A Great Job’: When CM Uddhav Thackeray Praised Shinde at Dighe Biopic Trailer Launch

Maharashtra’s urban development minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is at the moment scripting the state’s political drama, had last month attended the trailer launch of Pravin Tarde’s Dharmaveer, a biopic on late Shiv Sena party leader Anand Chintamani Dighe, with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Shinde and MLAs loyal to him have been unreachable since Monday evening, amid the political fallout of the ruling Sena-NCP-Congress’s losses in the MLC elections. The buzz is he will float his own party, causing the fall of Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA). Read More

Jun 21, 2022 18:47 IST

Eknath Shinde Pressured to Rebel Against Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

In a veiled attack on BJP, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has claimed Eknath Shinde was pressured to go against the Uddhav Thackeray-led party and also alleged that at least two MLAs accompanying the minister in Surat were beaten up by the police and goons under the “Operational Kamal”. Speaking on the political turmoil in view of Shinde going incommunicado and camping in Surat with some MLAs of Sena, Raut hinted at pressure from central agencies and said he was aware of the “compulsions” of Shinde that might have prompted him to rebel against the party. Raut also claimed that some of the MLAs were misled and “kidnapped” to Gujarat.

Jun 21, 2022 18:46 IST

Amid Rebellion in Sena, Maha Cong Says All 44 MLAs in Touch, Reports of CLP Leader Quitting False

After Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde went incommunicado triggering a crisis in the ruling Shiv Sena, the Congress, a constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra, said all its 44 MLAs were in touch with Legislature Party leader and state revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. The statement from the Congress came in the wake of reports of that some of its MLAs were “unreachable” after Monday’s Maharashtra Legislative Council polls in which a candidate of the party, Chandrakant Handore, lost. The party statement also refuted reports that Thorat had quit as CLP leader terming them “mischievous and false”. “Thorat is keeping a close watch on the unfolding political developments,” the Congress statement said.

Jun 21, 2022 18:24 IST

Maha Vikas Aghadi Meeting to Begin Shortly

Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coordination committee meeting will begin shortly at Varsha bungalow. Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP leader Jayant Patil and Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat to attend this meet.

Jun 21, 2022 18:02 IST

'I'm With Hindutva, Will Not Return to Shiv Sena': Eknath Shinde

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde today said he is with Hindutva and will not return to Shiv Sena. “I am with Hindutva andShiv Sena has left Hindutva. I will not return to Shiv Sena,” he told Shiv Sena MLA Milind Narvekar, who met him at Surat hotel.

Jun 21, 2022 17:56 IST

Shiv Sena's Milind Narvekar Meets Eknath Shinde, Conveys Uddhav Thackeray's Message

A crucial meeting between Shiv Sena MLA Milind Narvekar and disgruntled party leader Eknath Shinde is over in Surat hotel. According to sources, Narvekar has conveyed Maharashtra Chief Minister and party supremo Uddhav Thackeray’s message to Shinde, who will take call now on the future course of action.

Jun 21, 2022 17:33 IST

Maharashtra’s Special 26: The MLAs Who Have Gone ‘Missing’ With Eknath Shinde | Exclusive List Here

In a major political drama, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is on shaky ground with urban development minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde missing with 25 other party Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) since Monday evening. The action is a fallout of the ruling Sena-NCP-Congress’s losses in the MLC elections. Shinde and the other MLAs are said to be holed up in a five-star hotel in Surat, Gujarat. Read More

Jun 21, 2022 17:21 IST

Some BJP MLAs from Maha Meeting Eknath Shinde Camping in Surat: Maha BJP Chief

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil said some MLAs of the BJP will meet Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde camping in a Surat hotel in their “personal capacity” even as he distanced his party from the ongoing political turmoil. Patil also said if BJP receives any proposal from Eknath Shinde to form a government, they would “definitely consider it”. He admitted that BJP MLA from Maharashtra, Sanjay Kute, had met Shinde. Patil said the next 24 hours will be crucial and that the BJP is closely watching the developments. BJP MLA Sanjay Kute from Maharashtra met Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde in Surat in his personal capacity. The BJP has nothing to do with the ongoing developments. Shinde’s decision is not part of any game plan of the BJP, Patil said. The BJP leader also said that it was not true that the (Sena) MLAs accompanying Shinde in Surat had secretly voted for BJP candidates in recent Rajya Sabha and state Legislative Council elections. “We received support from disgruntled MLAs from all the parties, he said.

Jun 21, 2022 17:17 IST

Congress Hopes for Kama(a)l: After Losing His MP Govt to BJP, Can Nath Be Party's Maha Saviour?

The irony is not lost. In 2020, Kamal Nath lost his government in Madhya Pradesh to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ‘Operation Kamal’, with much help from his bête noire Jyotiraditya Scindia. Today, as yet another Congress coalition government in Maharashtra is in trouble, Nath has been roped in as the troubleshooter and observer by party chief Sonia Gandhi to try and save the government. Read More

Jun 21, 2022 17:16 IST

'Shiv Sena's Internal Matter...', Says NCP Chief Sharad Pawar

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will be able to handle the “internal issue” of the Shiv Sena, said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar amid minister Eknath Shinde’s revolt along with 22 other MLAs that seems to have caused a wobble in the Maharashtra government. Ruled by the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition comprising Sena, NCP and Congress, the state government seems to be in crisis mode. But, Pawar, said he was confident that Thackeray will be able to resolve the issues, and that he will be meeting the chief minister later in the day. Read More

Jun 21, 2022 17:15 IST

BJP is Power-hungry: Congress's Harish Rawat on Maha Political Crisis

“The way attempts are being made to topple government in Maharashtra shows that BJP is power-hungry,” Congress leader Harish Rawat told news agency ANI when asked about the ongoing political trouble in Maharashtra.

Jun 21, 2022 17:12 IST

Rajya Sabha & MLC Polls Results Show MLAs of MVA Are Upset: Bhagwat Karad

“I came to know in the morning that some MLAs have come to Surat. I have not met any of them but the way BJP got votes in Rajya Sabha and MLC polls shows that MLAs (of Maha Vikas Aghadi) are upset,” Union Minister Bhagwat Karad told reporters when asked about the ongoing Maharashtra political situation.

Jun 21, 2022 17:09 IST

17 Shiv Sena MLAs Reach Vidhan Bhawan in Maha for Show of Strength

According to sources, 17 Shiv Sena MLAs have reached Vidhan Bhawan for show of strength after the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra coalition government went into political crisis. This came after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and 21 more MLAs moved to a Surat-based hotel in BJP-ruled Gujarat.

allegations of cross-voting by some Shiv Sena MLAs. Shinde is reportedly miffed with the top brass after he was neglected in the functioning of the party and the government. Several media reports also said Shinde and his followers had complained about the step-motherly treatment by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in the allocation of funds.

On Monday, the NCP accused the opposition BJP of indulging in horse-trading and working secret pacts in the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls which saw Congress’ Chandrakant Handore losing to BJP’s Prasad Lad, while the Shiv Sena alleged that the BJP won only by misusing its powers. Congress said no one can be blamed if its MLAs did not vote for Handore. In a setback to the MVA, Handore lost to Lad while the other nominee of Congress, Bhai Jagtap won. All the five candidates of the BJP secured victory. Two candidates each of the Sena and NCP also emerged victorious. Sena’s winning candidates Sachin Ahir and Amshya Padvi bagged 26 votes each against the 55 votes the party has in the Lower House.

“The analysis will be done by the party seniors. They tried to instigate the Shiv Sena. The results show that all the MLAs are solid behind the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray. You all know what formulae are being used to win the polls,” Sena candidate Sachin Ahir told reporters. When asked whether the Sena votes split, Ahir said, “Our votes did not split. This cannot be said (that three votes of the Sena split) as of now. We had to perform the duty as an MVA partner,” Ahir said.

Senior Sena leader Vinayak Raut said the (fifth) BJP candidate has won only because the BJP misused its powers. The two NCP candidates together bagged 57 votes — six more than the effective strength of the party in the MLC polls. NCP state president Jayant Patil said the victory was a display of unity by MLAs of the Sharad Pawar-led party. When asked about the Congress’ defeat, Patil said, “We will come to know about it tomorrow. Those who have the habit of indulging in horse trade must have engaged in secret pacts and that will slowly come to the fore.”

NCP leader Supriya Sule hit out at the BJP and said the saffron party won because of MED (Money and Enforcement Directorate). On Congress’ defeat, senior party leader Balasaheb Thorat said it cannot be denied that its MLAs did not vote for the party candidates. “Congress candidates secured 41 preference votes against the 44 votes the party has in the polls. Bhai Jagtap got votes from some friends, but I can’t deny that we lost some votes of our party. No one can be blamed when we don’t get our first preference votes. We have to introspect where we have gone wrong. We, as the government, have to introspect where we are going wrong. But all three parties have to decide on this,” Thorat said.

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