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
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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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
राजकीय आकसापोटी शिवसेनेच्या आमदारांचे संरक्षण मुख्यमंत्री आणि गृहमंत्री यांच्या आदेशाने काढून घेण्यात आले आहे. त्यांच्या व त्यांच्या कुटुंबीयांच्या संरक्षणाची जबाबदारी सरकारची आहे.#MVAisAntiShivsena pic.twitter.com/lX2qjVTxGM
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) June 25, 2022
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.
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
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.”
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
Shiv Sena party workers and supporters have gathered outside rebel leader Eknath Shinde’s residence, according to reports.
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
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.
“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.
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.”
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.