‘Eknath Shinde Backstabbed Me’: Uddhav Thackeray

Addressing Shiv Sena workers in , Thackeray said that he had given Mr Shinde the responsibility of the party.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (ANI Photo)

Mumbai: Days after he resigned as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said Eknath Shinde, who led the rebellion with party MLAs to bring down Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, backstabbed him.

Addressing Shiv Sena workers in , Thackeray said that he had given Shinde the responsibility of the party.

“Shinde to whom I have given the responsibility of the party backstabbed me, while NCP and Congress remained with us. It is painful to see that those (MLAs and ministers) who won due to Sena workers and got everything has left him,” Thackeray told media persons.

The trust vote came a day after BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was elected the Assembly Speaker. On Sunday Narwekar reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena’s legislative party leader and also recognized the appointment of Gogawale as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena.

After the Maharashtra government won the trust vote in the state Assembly, Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde faction on Monday gave a petition to Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar for the suspension of 16 MLAs of the party belonging to Uddhav Thackeray’s camp for violation of whip.

The Speaker’s office confirmed that 16 MLAs will be issued notice for suspension. Mr Gogawale had also issued a whip to the party MLAs to remain present in the Vidhan Sabha for the floor test.

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