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Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: Sena Rebel Shinde Met BJP's Fadnavis in Vadodara Last Night, Say Sources

Eknath Shinde has alleged that the Maharashtra government has withdrawn the security cover of 16 rebel legislators, including himself, although Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil denied any such move | June 25, 2022, 23:33 IST
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde (left) with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (File photo/Twitter)

The national executive of the Shiv Sena on Saturday passed a resolution authorizing Maharashtra Chief Minister and party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebels led by senior minister Eknath Shinde. Amid the crisis in Maharashtra, both Uddhav Thackeray and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde called meetings to chalk the future strategies. Uddhav Thackeray held a national executive meeting in Shiv Sena Bhavan. Meanwhile, Read More

Jun 25, 2022 23:10 IST

'Battle Between Truth & Lie': Maha CM May Remove Rebel Ministers; Shinde-Fadnavis Secret Meet in Gujarat | Top Updates

As the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra continues to battle a survival crisis, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde met BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis last night in Gujarat’s Vadodara city, according to sources. After the meeting, Shinde took a flight back to Assam’s capital city Guwahati where a majority of his loyalists are camping. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 21:32 IST

Maharashtra is Ours, Won't Let it Go; Rebel MLAs Don’t Deserve to Use Balasaheb’s Name: Aaditya Thackeray

Maharashtra minister and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray said, “We are not betrayed by someone else but our own people and that hurts the most.” He further said many he has prioritised the MLAs who have now rebelled and felt betrayed by their actions. “They will have to pass through Worli or Byculla or Bandra. Entire Mumbai is ours, Maharashtra is ours and we will not let it go in someone else’s hands,” he vowed. Commenting on the announcement of a new faction, he said, “They don’t deserve to use Balasaheb’s name. Look at their actions, to rebel they had to run to Surat. There will be a floor test in house and on streets… what’s happened is not democracy.”

Jun 25, 2022 20:57 IST

Eknath Shinde Met BJP's Devendra Fadnavis in Vadodara Last Night, Says Report

Shiv Sena rebel MLA Eknath Shinde came to Gujarat’s Vadodara yesterday night and met BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, according to sources. The development comes as the BJP, in repeated statements, have maintained that it has no role in the current political crisis in Maharashtra.

Jun 25, 2022 20:50 IST

Political Turmoil in Shiv Sena a Battle Between Truth and Lie; We Will Win: Aaditya Thackeray

Speaking to reporters after attending the Shiv Sena national executive,” Aaditya said, “We will win and the truth will prevail. This is a battle between truth and lies.” Aaditya, son of Sena president and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, held a meeting with Sena workers from south Mumbai to rally the party cadre.

Jun 25, 2022 20:16 IST

Whatever Going on in Maharashtra Not Good, Horse-trading Happening There: Ashok Gehlot

The BJP is indulging in horse-trading in Maharashtra as it did in Madhya Pradesh and in Rajasthan, Congress leader and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said. “What happens in Maharashtra, only time will tell. But this is not a good tradition. In my view, horse-trading is happening there too,” he said.

Jun 25, 2022 19:38 IST

Shiv Sena Workers Damage Pune Office Of Rebel MLA; Say 'Traitors' Will Be Targeted

Shiv Sena workers on Saturday vandalised an office of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Tanaji Sawant, who is currently camping with other dissidents led by Eknath Shinde in Guwahati. A group of Sena workers barged into the office of Bhairavnath Sugar Works, which belongs to Sawant, and damaged the office located in the Katraj area in the morning, party corporator Vishal Dhanawade, who was part of the action, said. “The ransacking of Sawant’s office is just the beginning and the offices of every traitor (rebel MLA) will be destroyed in the coming days,” he said.

Jun 25, 2022 19:27 IST

Maha Legislature Secy Asks Rebel MLAs to Submit Replies by Monday to Sena's Disqualification Plea

The Maharashtra legislature secretariat on Saturday issued `summons’ to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs including senior minister Eknath Shinde, seeking written replies by the evening of June 27 to the complaints seeking their disqualification.

Jun 25, 2022 19:09 IST

People of Maharashtra With MVA Govt: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “BJP can’t tolerate Opposition parties, and dissent, they want to suppress them. The people of Maharashtra are watching how they (BJP) are trying to break away Shiv Sena MLAs. People of Maharashtra are with the MVA government.”

Jun 25, 2022 18:50 IST

Plan to Hobble Shiv Sena; Not Just Regime Change in Maharashtra, Claims BJP Leader

The BJP is not in a hurry to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra but will wait till the rumblings in the Shiv Sena take its toll on its strength at the level of municipal corporations in cities and civic bodies in towns and districts, a senior BJP leader claimed here. The current power struggle in Maharashtra is not merely for a regime change in the state, but a concerted effort by the BJP to wean away the supporters of the Shiv Sena and consolidate its hold on the Hindutva issue, he explained on condition of anonymity. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 18:33 IST

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Viral Video Show Office of Eknath Shinde's Lok Sabha MP Son Vandalised

A video that went viral on social media on Saturday showed some people damaging the board outside the office of Shrikant Shinde, Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan in Thane district and son of Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde. It showed some people throwing stones at the Ulhasnagar office of Shrikant Shinde and they can also be heard raising pro-Uddhav Thackeray slogans. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 18:06 IST

Security Cover of Rebel Sena MLAs' Houses, Their Kin Removed, Claims Shinde

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde alleged that the Maharashtra government has withdrawn the security cover from the residences of 38 party rebels, including himself, and their families, and dubbed the action as “political vendetta”. State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil denied any such move.

Jun 25, 2022 17:53 IST

MVA Remains Strong, Shinde's Letter to Remove Dy Speaker Not a Motion But an Intent: Congress

The Congress, part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, said a legal battle over a Constitutional stalemate is underway and asserted that the tripartite dispensation remains strong. State minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the rebel faction led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will have to get a legal sanction (for their group or for assuming a new name). Congress said in a statement that the Eknath Shinde camp had submitted a notice to move a resolution to remove Maharashtra deputy Speaker, Narhari Zirwal, under Article 179 of the Constitution. “But rules say any motion in the Assembly can be moved only after the Governor issues summons to convene the Assembly session. Once the notice to remove the Speaker is received, it has to be given 14 days (in advance). After 14 days, the notice will be read in the Assembly and then the rest procedure for the removal will follow. “As of now, the governor has not issued summons to convene the session, so Shinde’s letter is not a motion to remove the Deputy Speaker, it’s only an intent,” the statement said.

Jun 25, 2022 17:49 IST

'Are We Paying Their Bills?' Under Fire for 'Hospitality' to Shinde Camp Amid Floods, Himanta Sarma's Plain Speak

As the Opposition continues its offensive against the Assam government for its hospitality to the rebel Maharashtra MLAs led by senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde amid devastating floods in the state, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday posed a question to his detractors — “Are we paying their bills?” READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 17:27 IST

Like a Dance of Monkeys: AIMIN Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Maha Political Crisis

Commenting on the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra, AIMIN chief Asaduddin Owaisi said it is best to let the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government deliberate over the matter. “We are keeping an eye on the unfolding drama… It looks like a dance of monkeys. They are acting like monkeys jumping from one branch to another.”

Jun 25, 2022 17:23 IST

Sena Executive Authorises Uddhav to Take Action Against Rebels, Says No Other Outfit Can Use Bal Thackeray's Name

The national executive of the Shiv Sena on Saturday passed a resolution authorizing Maharashtra Chief Minister and party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebels. Faced with rebellion by senior state minister Eknath Shinde who has claimed the support of majority of Sena MLAs, the executive also passed a resolution that no other political outfit can use the name Shiv Sena and the name of its founder, late Bal Thackeray. READ MORE

Jun 25, 2022 17:04 IST

Shiv Sena Party Workers Gather Outside Eknath Shinde's Residence

Shiv Sena party workers and supporters have gathered outside rebel leader Eknath Shinde’s residence, according to reports.

Jun 25, 2022 16:50 IST

No Party Paying Our Expenses, No Role of BJP: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

No party is paying for our expenses (of hotel accommodation), our leader Eknath Shinde called us and we came and stayed here (Guwahati hotel); will pay the expenses. BJP isn’t behind all of this: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

Jun 25, 2022 16:47 IST

Any Sort of Rebellion Won’t be Tolerated: Aaditya Thackeray

Everyone knows about the resolution but the important point is that any sort of rebellion or rebels won’t be tolerated, said Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray.

Jun 25, 2022 16:40 IST

Have Respect for Uddhav Thackeray, Will Prove Numbers in Court: Rebel MLA

“Recognition should be given to our faction, if it isn’t given, we will go to court and prove our existence, numbers. We have numbers, but we respect CM Uddhav Thackeray, we won’t speak against him. We must follow the path on which we fought Assembly elections,” said rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar.

Jun 25, 2022 16:39 IST

Not Merging With Other Party, Not Safe to Return to Mumbai: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar

There’s no need to merge, our faction will be given different recognition and we aren’t merging with any other party, said Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, adding the group doesn’t “feel safe to return to Mumbai at this point.”

Eknath Shinde has also called a meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati to discuss further strategy.

The Mumbai Police has been put on high alert to avoid any untoward incident as they fear that Shiv Sainiks could take to the streets to show solidarity with party chief and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The police was ordered to be on high alert and many in the government believe that if the Sainiks are not controlled from spreading violence, it will give the Centre a chance to recommend President’s Rule and then the present government will have no shot at retaining power.

Prohibitory orders have also been issued in Thane, which is Eknath Shinde’s stronghold, till June 30 by the district magistrate. Sticks, arms, poster, burning effigy, or carrying any kind of arms have been banned. Moreover, songs and sloganeering have also been prohibited.

The Shiv Sena has sent the names of four more rebel MLAs to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker for initiating action of disqualification against them, a senior leader said on Friday evening. The party will also issue notices to 16 MLAs of the rebel faction and ask them to respond by Monday, said Sena MP Arvind Sawant here.

The four legislators whose names were forwarded to the deputy speaker were Sanjay Raymulkar, Chiman Patil, Ramesh Bornare and Balaji Kalyankar, he said. Despite issuing a letter to them, none of them attended party meeting on Wednesday evening here in Mumbai,” Sawant said.

The party has already given names of 12 MLAs to the deputy speaker including leader of the rebel camp Eknath Shinde, seeking their disqualification.

Now, only chief minister Uddhav Thackeray can decide about allowing their return to Sena, otherwise party doors are closed for them forever. They have betrayed the saffron flag,” Sawant said.

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