Maharashtra Political Crisis Highlights: MVA Govt’s Strength Will Be Decided in Assembly, Says Sharad Pawar

Shiv Sena is going to move a petition before the Assembly Acting Speaker seeking disqualification of about 15 rebel MLAs who are with Eknath Shinde.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses the media. (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night vacated his official residence in south Mumbai and moved to the family home in suburban Bandra, hours after offering to quit the top post amid a rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.

The crisis in Maharashtra’s politics intensified after suspected cross-voting in Monday’s Legislative Council elections in which the BJP won five of 10 seats, in a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government. Soon after the MLC elections, Shinde along with some other Shiv Sena MLAs went incommunicado on Tuesday. 

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BJP Behind Rebellion: Sharad Pawar | Alleging BJP’s hand behind the rebellion, NCP chief Sharad Pawar says, “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. 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?”

Floor Test Will Prove Everything: Sharad Pawar | Uddhav Thackeray has worked very hard during his tenure. Whether the government is in minority or not, it will be decided on the floor of the house. The floor test will prove everything.

“There is no question of proving majority as of now. MVA has majority and is still in power. It’s just that some Shiv Sena MLAs have gone to another state after being unhappy but we are confident that Shiv Sena will succeed in bringing them back,” says NCP leader Jayant Patil

National Party Assured Us Support: Shinde: Rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLAs, who are camping in Guwahati, unanimously chose Eknath Shinde their leader.

Addressing the MLAs, Shinde assures them, “We don’t need to be afraid of anything. We will win this situation.”

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

Shiv Sena to seek disqualification of 15 rebel MLAs from assembly

Shiv Sena is going to move a petition before the Assembly Acting Speaker seeking disqualification of about 15 rebel MLAs who are with Eknath Shinde. The Shiv Sena team is likely to meet the Acting Speaker soon.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar said we are committed to supporting the CM Uddhav Thackeray.

CM Uddhav Thackeray calls all Zila Parishad heads on Friday

Current CM Uddhav Thackeray has called all Zila Parishad head for a meeting on Friday morning.

“The doors are still open for talks…Discussions can lead the way,” tweets Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant releases photos disputing allegations by Nitin Deshmukh that he was kidnapped, He explained that there was no pressure on any MLAs in the Eknath Shinde’s camp.

– Eknath Shinde set to reach 37 MLA Mark

Eknath Shinde is all set to reach the 37 MLA mark which will be enough to avoid Anti-Defection Law. Two more MLAs Sanjay Rathod and Dad Bhuse are reportedly about to reach Guwahati to Join Rebel Champ.

As many as seven out of eight independent MLAs who were in support of MVA are also now with Eknath Shinde.

Reportedly, Eknath Shinde said CM Uddhav Thackeray must step down and break the alliance with NCP and Congress, only then talks will begin between us.

Statements by party leaders:

Congress Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “My party will stand with MVA and we want to work together. The present Maharashtra govt is doing developmental work in the state. BJP trying to destabilise the Maharashtra govt. They did the same in the past too in Karnataka, MP, Goa”.

In a statement, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal said, “if some people want to go out, then they will somehow find a reason to do that…even in government-run by a single party there can be internal tussles, here there are three different parties, there could be differences, that doesn’t mean govt should be destabilised.”

He added, “We are in Sharad Pawar-led MVA and are with CM Uddhav Thackeray…if at all we aren’t in power, we know how to fight while being in opposition.”

– Congress calls a meeting of its leaders at Sahyadri guest house at 4 pm today: After Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut hinted at exiting the MVA government if all party MLAs want, Congress has called a meeting of its leaders at Sahyadri guest house at 4 pm today.

Senior Congress leaders including HK Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Nana Patole and Ashok Chavan attended the meeting.

– In Pic: Felicitation of Nitish Deshmukh and Kailas Patil on return.

Felicitation of Nitish Deshmukh and Kailas Patil on return.

– We are ready to consider exiting out of MVA if this is the will of all MLAs: Sanjay Raut I MLAs should not communicate from Guwahati, they should come back to Mumbai and discuss all this with CM. We are ready to consider exiting out of MVA if this is the will of all MLAs, but for that, they have to come here and discuss it with the Chief Minister, said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

– 21 MLAs will join us soon: Sanjay Raut I “21 MLAs in Guwahati have contacted us and when they return to Mumbai, they will be with us, ” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

– All Shiv Sena members called to Sena Bhavan.

– 13 MLAs with Uddhav:

Uday Samant
Sunil Prabhu
Ravindra Waikar
Sunil Raut
Aaditya Thackeray,
Dilip Lande
Kailash Patil
Nitin Deshmukh
Rajan Salvi
Santosh Bangar
Uday Rajput
Vaibhav Naik
Ajay Choudhari

– In Pic: Shinde shows strength of 42 MLAs (35 Sena rebels and 7 independents).

42 MLAs with Shinde. (Photo: ANI)

– 13 MLAs have come to Varsha in support of Uddhav. These include revel MLAs Nitin Deshmukh and Kailsh Patil who returned from surat.

– Shinde camp meeting at Guwahati hotel begins.

– Main points of the letter penned by Sanjay Shirsat and posted by Eknath Shinde:

  1. Uddhav never used to visit CMO/Ministries.
  2. NCP-Congress got funds for their constituencies and people, Shiv Sena did not.
  3. Uddhav stopped Shiv Sena MLAs from visiting Ayodhya. Some MLAs even returned from the airport.
  4. NCP-Congress leaders, ministers and MLAs used to humiliate Shiv Sena on regular basis.
  5. Uddhav remained unavailable for Shiv Sena for most of the time.
  6. Aditya was allowed to visit Ayodhya but not other Shiv Sena MLAs.
  7. Shiv Sena felt humiliated being in the alliance.

– Maharashtra Deputy Speaker says has received letter: Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Marhari Jirwal said that he has received the letter from Eknath Shinde detailing his issues.

– Eknath Shinde drops letter bomb on Uddhav Thackeray: Eknath Shinde writes letter to Uddhav Thackeray, pens 3-page letter to Maharashtra CM.

“CM stopped MLAs from visiting Ayodhya,” said Shinde in the letter.

Shinde makes big charge against Uddhav Thackeray, says CM never allowed elected MLAs access to Varsha: “The doors of Varsha Bungalow were literally opened for the public yesterday. Glad to see the crowd at the bungalow.’

“These doors were closed for us as Shiv Sena MLAs for the last two and a half years. To enter the bungalow as an MLA, we had to request those who are not elected from among the people, who are making decisions after the election to the Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha,” he added.

‘As a Shiv Sena MLA when we were the Chief Minister of Shiv Sena, we never got direct access to Varsha Bungalow,’ Shinde said.

– We met at Sharad Pawar’s residence: Jayant Patil I “We had a meeting at the residence of Sharad Pawar. Assessment of incidents in last 3-4 days was done. Pawar sahib told us that we should do everything that needs to be done to ensure that the Govt remains. We will stand with Uddhav Thackeray and this government,” said NCP leader Jayant Patil.

– Shiv Sena leaders arrive at the residence of CM Uddhav Thackeray: Shiv Sena leaders arrive at the family residence of CM Uddhav Thackeray ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai amid Maharashtra political crisis.

Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai joins the meeting.

– Leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) arrive at the residence of party chief Sharad Pawar for a meeting.

– TMC workers protest outside Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati: Members and workers of the Assam unit of TMC protest outside Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati where rebel Maharashtra MLAs, including Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, are staying.

Party’s state president Rioun Bora is leading the protest.

– CM Uddhav Thackeray to address Maharashtra Chief secretary and key bureaucrats today at 12:30 pm. He is likely to thank them for their service during his tenure.

– Shinde to hold meeting with rebel MLAs, Governor could then ask for a floor test. 

– Meeting at Shard Pawar’s residence underway: A meeting is underway between NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, ministers Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad and party leader Sunil Tatkare. The meeting is taking place at the residence of the NCP chief.

– We are in touch with 20 MLAs: Sanjay Raut I Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said that the party is in touch with 20 MLAs and they will be back in Mumbai soon.

– Jayant Patil summoned by Pawar: High-level meet at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence. Home Minister Jayant Patil summoned by Pawar.

– Shinde camp now has the support of 42 Shiv Sena MLAs. With this Uddhav Thackeray is just left with 13 MLAs (55-42=13 MLAs).

– Only power is everything for BJP: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi I “If there’s a crisis, it’s that of floods. BJP has gone blind for power. There’re floods in Assam, PM should visit the state and announce special package but he’s busy toppling the Maharashtra government. Only power is everything for BJP,” said Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi.

The battle likely to shift from Guwahati to Goa: The ongoing political battle of Maharashtra is likely to shift from Guwahati to Goa if Goa Governor is given interim charge in place of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.

Koshiyari on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19.

– Some more Sena MPs to join rebel camp: MPs including Bhavna Gawli and Shinde’s son who is an MP are likely to join Eknath Shinde’s camp.

– Former minister of state for home in Maharashtra Deepak Kesarkar joins the rebel camp.

– Rebel numbers to go high with independents: With three more Shiv Sena MLAs reaching Guwahati, Shinde now has 37 MLAs with him.

Along with the 37 MLAs in support of Eknath Shinde, 7 Independent MLAs and 2 PJP Leaders, the number of MLAs with Shinde camp is likely to up to 46 MLAs.

– Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has called for a meeting of his leaders at 11.30 am today.

– Shinde camp to hold key meet today: Two days after being incommunicado, Eknath Shinde camp will hold key meeting in Guwahati today at 10 am.

– Posters in Thane and Mumbai in support of Eknath Shinde, claims Shinde as ‘ MAN OF THE PEOPLE’.

Posters in Thane and Mumbai in support of Eknath Shinde.

– Shinde claims support of 37 MLAs: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has claimed the support of 37 MLAs. It is also reported that the MLAs supportive of the Shinde camp will soon submit the letter to the Governor. 

– Shinde camp to present letters of support to Maharashtra Governor today. 

– Sharad Pawar calls for MLA meet today amid Maharashtrav political crisis.

– Three more Sena MLAs reach Guwahati: Three more Shiv Sena’s rebel MLAs reach Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati amid political instability in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.

With this, the Eknath Shinde camp can past the mark of 37 MLAs needed to split the Shiv Sena.

– Thackeray Leaves CM Residence: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray along with his family on Wednesday night leaves from his official residence ‘Varsha’, as supporter raise chants of “Uddhav tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hain“. WATCH