Maharashtra Political Crisis Highlights: Uddhav Thackeray Will Remain CM, Asserts Sanjay Raut

The crisis in Maharashtra’s politics intensified after suspected cross-voting in Monday's Legislative Council elections in which BJP won five of 10 seats, in a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government.

Luggage being moved out from Varsha Bungalow of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. (Image: Twitter/ ANI)

New Delhi: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with other party MLAs arrived in Assam’s Guwahati early this morning. Shinde on Wednesday claimed that 40 party MLAs have reached Assam and said that they will carry Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva.

The crisis in Maharashtra’s politics intensified after suspected cross-voting in Monday’s Legislative Council elections in which 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 and were staying at the Le Meridien hotel in Surat. 

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

Four more MLAs have joined the rebel camp led by Eknath Shinde

Uddhav Thackeray Will Remain CM: Raut | “Uddhav Thackeray is Maharashtra Chief Minister and he will remain the CM, says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. If we get the chance, we will prove our majority on the floor of the House,” says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Sena Must Get Out Of Unnatural Alliance: Shinde | Responding to Uddhav Thackeray’s address, Eknath Shinde rejected the Chief Minister’s reason behind forming the Maha Vikas Aghadi and Shiv Sena must get out of the unnatural alliance. Shinde claimed that the Sena had become weaker in the alliance and only the other constituents — NCP and Congress — have benefitted.

Sena, NCP Discuss Reshuffle: Shiv Sena will continue efforts to pacify Shinde and other rebels. In the meeting, Pawar and Uddhav also discussed possible reshuffle to pacify rebel groups.

Pawar, Thackeray Hold Meet: Sharad Pawar in his meeting with Uddhav Thackeray has advised him that a possible solution to the crisis lay in offering the CM post to Eknath Shinde. Thackeray reiterated the stand taken by him on his readiness to resign if the Sainiks were to ask him in person.

Eknath Shinde supporters put up posters and hoardings in Thane. Some also came out on streets in support.

Will Resign As Sena Chief Too If Told To: Thackeray | “I am also ready to resign as Shiv Sena chief. The sainiks must come and say that I can’t run the party like Balasaheb. If any sainik think that I am not efficient, tell it to my face and I will resign,” he says.

“I will now move to Matoshree. I will leave the CM’s official residence. If any sainik has lost faith, I will put down my resignation. I don’t care how many MLAs are here, but those who are not happy must come and say it to my face,” says Thackeray.

Will Fight Rebellion: Thackeray | However, a defiant Uddhav Thackeray refuses to go down without a fight. “I will fight the rebellion,” he says.

Will Resign If My People Tell Me To: Uddhav Thackeray | “I made an effort to run the administration effectively. If Congress and NCP had made these remarks about me, it would have been ok. But today both NCP and Congress assured me of support,” he says.

“If my people don’t want me to be CM what should I do? Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar supported me. I feel sad to see my own party doesn’t want me to be the CM, even when NCP and Congress are supporting,” says Thackeray.

“If my people tell me to resign, I will resign. I am ready to resign if my people ask. Even if one MLA of Sena says, ‘resign in front of me’, I will resign. But they must say it to me in person. The rebel MLAs must have faith to say this to my face rather than tweet. My resignation letter is ready.”

“Congress and NCP were in Opposition, but because of the situation they allied with Sena,” the Chief Minister says on the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

“All MLAs, who were in the hotel, locked themselves up. Some of the rebel MLAs want to come back,” says Thackeray.

“I don’t need to explain my contribution to Hindutva. What have I done against Balasaheb’s ideology? The Shiv Sena will never leave Hindutva,” says CM Thackeray.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray begins his virtual address on the ongoing crisis: “I am Covid positive. I was in top 5 Chief Ministers in the country during Covid. I tackled all challenges when I came to power. I will answer all your questions.”

“The CM took part in today’s cabinet meeting via video conferencing. He will be doing a Facebook Live today, then we will know more,” says Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil in Mumbai.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar will speak to CM Uddhav Thackeray at 6 pm after his address.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Why should there be reason for any controversy regarding their visit? We welcome all tourists to visit Assam now as we need funds to deal with floods.”

– Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will interact with the people through Facebook Live at 5.00 pm.

– BJP likely to seek time for Governor.

– Independent candidate Geeta Jain to reach Guwahati: Independent MLA Geeta Jain now with Chandrakant Patil to arrive shortly in Guwahati.

– 34 MLAs on board with Shinde: 34 Shiv Sena MLAs who are part of the breakaway faction have passed a resolution appointing Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature party.

– Sanjay Raut’s jibe at rebel MLAs: Kaziranga is a good place to visit. The area is also receiving good rainfall. Those who want to see nature can go there.

– “No proposal to recommend dissolution of state Assembly,” says Nana Patole: Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole says CM Uddhav Thackeray has made it clear that there is no proposal to recommend dissolution of state Assembly.

– Sena’s Chief Whip issues letter: Shiv Sena’s Chief Whip, Sunil Prabhu issues a letter to all party MLAs, asking them to be present in an important meeting that will be held today evening. The letter states that if someone remains absent, it’ll be considered that the said MLA has decided to quit the party voluntarily.

The letter also warns that if someone remains absent from the meeting without proper reason and prior information, they should keep in mind that action will be initiated to cancel their membership as per constitutional provisions.

– “No difficulties, everything will be alright,” says Balasaheb Thorat: “No difficulties, everything will be alright. Government will continue,” said Maharashtra minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat when asked about Maharashtra political crisis and if Govt will continue for five years.

– “Unless the MLAs are back in Mumbai, no decision will be made,” says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut: “I’m going to Varsha Bungalow. I’ll meet CM but whatever has to be done will be decided by Maha Vikas Aghadi together. Unless the MLAs are back in Mumbai, no decision will be made,” said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut when asked about speculations that Uddhav Thackeray will resign as CM.

– Sena asks all MLAs to reach by 5 pm: Shiv Sena has given an ultimatum to all Sema MLAs amid the turmoil. All MLAs have been asked to return to Mumbai for the meeting.

– Shiv Sena MLA Kailash Patil and Nitin Deshmukh returned from Eknath Shinde camp: Amid the ongoing tussle, Shiv Sena MLA Kailash Patil and Nitin Deshmukh returned from Eknath Shinde camp and expressed their support to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

– Uddhav Thackeray tests Covid positive; Aditya Thackeray not in Cabinet meeting: Congress leaders have claimed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has tested positive for Covid-19.

After Uddhav Thackeray tested positive, Aditya Thackeray also isolated himself and has not attended the Cabinet meeting.

– Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh taken by force to Surat: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh has said that he was taken by force to Surat.

– “I have talked to CM Uddhav Thackeray,” says Kamal Nath: “I have talked to CM Uddhav Thackeray and he said that as of now there’s no proposal to dissolve the Maharashtra Assembly,” Congress leader Kamal Nath.

– Cabinet meeting begins at Varsha: Amid the ongoing Maharashtra political crisis, the Cabinet meeting has began at CM Uddhav Thackeray’s Mumbai residence, Varsha.

CM Uddhav Thackeray joined via video conferencing, informed CMO.

– “We have 46 MLAs with us in the hotel,” says Eknath Shinde: In an exclusive interview with India Ahead, rebel Shinde said that 46 MLAs are with him.

“These are Sena MLAs who will not sell their vote for money they are working for the ideology of Balasaheb and Hindutva. We have not sent any proposal to make Fadnavis the Chief Minister, I have spoken to Raut,” said Shinde.

– Uddhav Thackeray likely to quit as Chief Minister: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is likely to quit as Maharashtra Chief Minister as the political turmoil intensifies in the state.

– Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut hints Maharashtra Assembly may be dissolved.

– Independent MLA offers support to BJP: Independent MLA from Mira road reaches Devendra Fadnavis’ residence; offers support to BJP.

– MLAs in Shinde camp as of now:


– A banner, reading, “Your arrogance would last 4 days, our kingship is inherited”, was seen outside the residence of Sanjay Raut in Mumbai.

– BJP leaders to Reach Raj Bhavan today: Amid the political turmoil in Maharashtra, BJP leaders are likely to approach Raj Bhavan today evening with letters of support.

– Maharashtra Governor Koshyari Tests Covid-19 Positive, Admitted To Mumbai Hospital: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Wednesday was admitted to a private hospital in south Mumbai after testing Covid positive.

Following the Maharashtra political crisis, rebel Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde was expected to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari claiming of having the support of 40 legislators.

Since Koshiyari is not well, Goa Governor S Pillai is likely to take additional charge.

– Uddhav Thackeray summons all Shiv Sena MPs and MLAs to his house Mumbai house, Varsha.

– Kamal Nath to meet Congress leaders at 11: Kamal Nath to meet Congress leaders in Maharashtra to discuss the party’s further course of action amid the political crisis in Maharashtra.

According to the reports, if Shiv Sena losses its majority in the Assembly, fresh elections will be the best option for Congress. But for this, Congress has to get in touch with NCP as it has more seats than Congress.

– “We will come back,” says Sanjay Raut: “At the most, what will happen? Our government will lose the majority in Maharashtra. We will get the majority back. we will come back,” says Sanjay Raut.

– Thane Municipal Corporation elections always fought as per what Eknath Shinde decides, says Sanjay Raut: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the Thane Municipal Corporation elections are always fought as per what Eknath Shinde decides. “We have never said we want to fight with alliance in Thane,” he added.

– Shiv Sena in talks with rebel MLAs: Sena leader Sanjay Raut has informed that the party is in talks with the rebel MLAs. He further said that it not easy for Shiv Sena to leave them or for them to leave us.

He also informed that Shiv Sena has spoken to them even this morning as they moved to Guwahati.

– Rebel camp number reaches 42; Aghadi government in deep trouble: Two more Shiv Sena MLAs on their way to Guwahati hotel to support Eknath Shinde. With this, the rebel camp number reaches 42.

– Pledge has been signed by all MLAs assuring Shinde that they won’t leave him. Watch:

– Congress leaders, including Kamal Nath, to meet Uddhav Thackeray amid the political crisis in the state.

– In Pic: Shinde seen with rebel MLAs at Surat hotel.

Rebel MLAs at Surat Hotel. (Photo: ANI)

35 MLAs seen in the photograph: 33 belongs to Shiv Sena, 2 PJP.

2 Shiv Sena MLAs to join in Guwahati. Total Shiv Sena MLAs with Shinde: 33+2.

5 more MLAs are said to be in another hotel. Shinde likely to get the support of 42 MLAs.

– Rebels MLAs kept under tight security in Assam:

– Top leadership of Assam BJP making arrangements: Top leadership of Assam BJP and the state government are believed to have been making arrangements for the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs accommodation in Guwahati.

This is perhaps for the first time that MLAs from a Western Indian state is being taken to a Northeastern state after their rebellion against the party leadership. 

– Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs arrive in Assam: A chartered flight carrying Shiv Sena MLAs, who have rebelled against the party bringing a crisis to the MVA government in Maharashtra, arrived in Guwahati early on Wednesday. The flight from Surat in Gujarat landed at Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at around 6.30 am.

The exact number of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs travelling in the flight is not known immediately but the flight had 89 passengers, including onboard crew. The Maharashtra MLAs are being taken in special buses to a city hotel with police protection.

– Eknath Shinde claims support of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs: Eknath Shinde, the leader of rebellion in ruling Shiv Sena on Wednesday claimed he has 40 MLAs with him. 

“Here 40 MLAs are with me. Additional 10 MLAs will join me soon. I do not want to criticise anyone. We are keen on continuing the Sena founded by late Balasaheb Thackeray,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

– Shiv Sena moves its MLAs to hotels to avoid poaching: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved its MLAs to hotels to ward off poaching bids after senior party leader Eknath Shinde rebelled against the party and camped in Surat in Gujarat along with some fellow legislators.

Party MLAs have been housed at different hotels in Mumbai.

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