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Uddhav Thackeray Likely To Quit As CM, Maharashtra Assembly May Be Dissolved

Maharashtra can be under President’s Rule if the MVA government falls or the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest outfit in the state Assembly, can stake a claim to form the government if it can secure the support of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Uddhav Thackeray
File photo of former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra is tottering on the brink of collapse with senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde revolting and taking away a large chunk of party MLAs with him.

With the MVA coalition losing legislators at a fast rate, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut tweeted that Maharashtra Assembly may be dissolved soon. If the situation comes to that, then Uddhav will have to resign from the post of the chief minister.

“The journey of political developments in Maharashtra is heading towards the dismissal of Vidhan Sabha…,” he tweeted in Marathi.

However, the state can even be put under President’s Rule if the MVA government falls or the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest outfit in the state Assembly, can stake a claim to form the government if it can secure the support of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Eknath Shinde, the rebel Shiv Sena leader and state Urban Development Minister, claims to have the support of 46 MLAs including Independents. He has been holding the Uddhav government to ransom since early June 21 (Tuesday). He first went to Le Meridien hotel in Gujarat’s Surat on Tuesday and claimed that the “ideology of Shiv Sena is of Hindutva” and he will not deviate from the path shown by Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray.

Shinde again on Wednesday, in an exclusive telephonic interview with India Ahead, asserted that he has 46 MLAs with him in the hotel in Guwahati. He said, “These are Shiv 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.”

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu issued a letter to all party MLAs on Wednesday, asking them to be present in an important meeting that will be held in the evening at Varsha Bungalow at 5 pm.

The letter strictly stated 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 remained absent from the meeting without proper reason and prior information, their membership will be cancelled as per constitutional provisions.

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