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Eknath Shinde Shows Support Of 37 MLAs; Thackeray-led MVA Seeks Disqualification Of 12

Shinde, who has been camping in BJP-ruled Assam, on Thursday asserted that he has the support of one-third of the party as he pushed for merger with Sena's old saffron ally BJP.

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde plays chess at a hotel where he is staying with supporting MLAs, in Guwahati, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde plays chess at a hotel where he is staying with supporting MLAs, in Guwahati, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Another day of political chaos was witnessed in Maharashtra as rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde refused to relent on his demand to break away from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance with Congress and NCP. Shinde, who has been camping in BJP-ruled Assam, on Thursday asserted that he has the support of one-third of the party as he pushed for merger with Sena’s old saffron ally in the state.

Shinde wrote to Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal sharing a list of signatures of 36 MLAs, which he stated was “the reaffirmation of his appointment as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party and further appointment of Bharatshet Gogawale as the Chief Whip of the party”.

Earlier in the day, Zirwal had said that he had approved the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary as the group leader of the Shiv Sena legislature party, replacing senior minister Shinde.

Prior to Shinde’s letter, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government approached the Deputy Speaker seeking the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs from the Maharashtra Assembly for not attending the party meeting at 5 pm on Wednesday. Here’s a list of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs whose names were proposed for disqualification:

  1. Eknath Shinde
  2. Prakash Surve
  3. Tanaji Sawant
  4. Mahesh Shinde
  5. Abdul Sattar
  6. Sandeep Bhumare
  7. Bharat Gogawale
  8. Sanjay Shirsat
  9. Yamini Yadhav
  10. Anil Babar
  11. Balaji Devdas
  12. Lata Chaudhari

Responding to the disqualification petition, Eknath Shinde said in a tweet: “You can’t scare us by applying for action against 12 MLAs. Because we are the real Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainik of the venerable Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray.”

Shinde questioned the plea saying, “Who are you trying to threaten? We know your gimmicks and also understand the law very well. As per the 10th schedule of the Constitution, the whip is applicable for legislative works and not for any meeting.”

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“We demand action against you instead because you do not have sufficient number (of MLAs) but still formed a group of 12 MLAs. We do not pay any heed to such threats,” Shinde tweeted.

Earlier today, the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs unanimously chose Eknath Shinde as their leader. Addressing the MLAs, Shinde assured them, “We don’t need to be afraid of anything. We will win this situation.”

In an apparent mention of BJP, he said, “A national party termed my decision historic and assure me of all the support.”

Following Shinde’s statement, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “The leaders went to Gujarat and Assam for a reason. Why were the MLAs taken to Gujarat and Assam? Eknath Shinde has given a statement that a national party has supported them.”

Alleging BJP’s hand behind the rebellion, Pawar said, “Gujarat BJP president was coordinating things in Surat. All the arrangements in Assam were made by state government of BJP. It is very clear who is behind this. The MLAs were taken against their will. After 2.5 years everyone thought about Hindutva. Why did they bring Hindutva issue now?”

Pawar further asserted that the fate of the MVA government in Maharashtra will be decided on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition will prove its majority in a trust vote.

“The fate of the MVA government will be decided in the Assembly, not in Guwahati (where the rebels are camping). The MVA will prove its majority on the floor of the House,” Pawar said. He was replying to a question whether the MVA has been reduced a minority as the Shinde-led rebel faction has claimed the support of 37 Shiv Sena MLAs and ten Independent legislators.