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As Eknath Shinde Claims Support of 38 MLAs, Here Are The Options With Rebel Camp

Shinde, camping in BJP-ruled Assam, asserted that he has the support of two-third of the party MLAs. He claims to have the support of 38 Shiv Sena MLAs.

Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLA Dadaji Bhuse, MLA Sanjay Rathod and MLC Ravindra Phatak with Eknath Shinde, at Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, who has revolted against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and demanded that his party should walk out of the “unnatural” alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress in Maharashtra for its own sake, has refused to relent on his demand.

Shinde, camping in BJP-ruled Assam, asserted that he has the support of two-third of the party MLAs. He claims to have the support of 38 Shiv Sena MLAs.

Here is the complete list of Maharashtra MLAs backing Eknath Shinde:
  1. Eknath Shinde
  2. Deepak Vasant Kesarkar
  3. Mangesh Kudalkar
  4. Gulab Raghunath Patil
  5. Sada Sarvankar
  6. Prakashrao Abitkar
  7. Dadaji Bhuse
  8. Sanjay Rathore
  9. Mahendra Dalvi
  10. Sandipan Bhumre
  11. Ramesh Bornare
  12. Balaji Kinikar
  13. Abdul Sattar Abdul Nabi
  14. Pradeep Jaiswal
  15. Sanjay Gaikwad
  16. Chimanrao Patil
  17. Anil Babar
  18. Suhas Kande
  19. Pratap Sarnaik
  20. Balaji Kalyankar
  21. Kishore Patil
  22. Yogesh Kadam
  23. Vishwanath Bhoir
  24. Mahendra Thorve
  25. Shantaram More
  26. Shrinivas Vanga
  27. Latabai Sonawane
  28. Sanjay Shirsat
  29. Dnyanraj Chougule
  30. Yamini Jadhav
  31. Shahaji Patil
  32. Tanaji Sawant
  33. Shambhuraj Desai
  34. Mahesh Shinde
  35. Prakash Surve
  36. Sanjay Raimulkar
  37. Bharat Gogawale
  38. Dilip Lande
OPTIONS BEFORE REBEL SENA FACTION

Present Individual Letters Of Support Of Each Rebel MLA To Governor: The rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena who are sitting in Shinde’s camp released a video message, unanimously declaring him as their leader. The MLAs who are lodged in a Guwahati hotel can exercise the option of presenting individual letters to the Maharashtra Governor claiming their support to Shinde.

Stage Physical Parade Of 37 Rebel MLAs Before Governor: All the MLAs also have the option of a physical parade before the governor in support of Shinde

Resign As MLAs To Avoid Disqualification If They Fall Short Of 2/3rd Number: Uddhav Thackeray-led government approached the Acting Speaker seeking the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs from the Maharashtra Assembly for not attending the party meeting on Wednesday. The MLAs who are revolting against the Uddhav led Maharashtra government can possibly resign to avoid disqualification if in case things don’t go their way and they fall short of meeting the required numbers.

Merge Splinter Group With BJP: In order to dodge the anti-defection law the number of MLAs leaving the party should be two-thirds of the total strength of the party in the legislature. Anti defection law states that MLAs who, after being elected on the ticket of a political party can be disqualified in case they “voluntarily give up their party membership”.

Eknath Shinde who is currently claiming the support of 38 MLAs has got the required numbers as far as Maharashtra assembly is concerned. The MLAs have an open option of merging with the BJP who is currently the single largest party in the state.

The 5 Key Players

Bhagat Singh Koshyari: The governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari Will take the decision of Calling For a Floor Test.

Uddhav Thackeray: The Maharashtra CM has the Onus To either Resign Or stage a counter attack on revolting Shinde in order to protect his government which is facing a grim situation on the stage and may go out of power.

Eknath Shinde: The unanimously chosen leader of the revolting camp has the responsibility To Keep the camp Together and claim the required numbers.

Sharad Pawar: The NCP chief will leave no stone unturned in order to remain in power. The Strategy Man will look to pull off an upset in the camp of Rebel leaders and will make attempts to cause a blip in calculations.

Devendra Fadnavis: Former Maharashtra CM has been pulling strings behind the Scenes, but will be wary of a counter from the Sena Coup.

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