Maharashtra Political Crisis LIVE Updates: Uddhav Thackeray leaves official residence, Eknath Shinde still defiant
Maharashtra Political crisis News Live: Amid a rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, Uddhav Thackeray yesterday night offered to quit as chief minister if any of the MLAs would come and told him to his face. He vacated his official residence in south Mumbai and moved to his family home in suburban Bandra. The CM moved out of ‘Varsha’, his official residence, for Matoshri, the private bungalow of the Thackeray family, amid high drama as the political crisis that has rocked his government after Shinde’s revolt two days ago, showed no signs of ebbing. Thackeray, who has tested positive for COVID-19, was leaving the official residence. Party workers raised slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official house along with his family members
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BJP, officially, says its has no hand in MVA crisis
The BJP has been officially maintaining that it has no hand in the crisis in the Maha Vikas Aghadi. The party said none of the rebels had approached them so far with any proposal for forming the next government. Even after CM Uddhav Thackeray’s emotional speech yesterday night, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil was quoted as saying his party had nothing to do what was transpiring. It’s a different thing that TV footage reportedly showed opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis’s associates Sanjay Kute and Mohit Kambhoj accompanying the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. And that the rebel MLAs were lodged in BJP-ruled states.
Two Shiv Sena MLAs recount ‘escape’ from rebel camp
Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who had accompanied party rebel Eknath Shinde to Surat, yestersay claimed that some people had forcibly admitted him to a hospital there. Kailas Patil, another party MLA representing Osmanabad, said he escaped from a car carrying legislators to Surat, walked kilometers, hitched a ride on a two-wheeler and truck before he was finally sent a vehicle to ferry him to ‘Varsha’, the chief minister’s official residence.
Eknath Shinde remains defiant
- Eknath Shinde, in his response to Uddhav Thackeray’s speech yesterday, said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra is an “unnatural alliance”
- He said it was imperative for his party to walk out of the coalition with the NCP and the Congress for its own sake and that of party workers.
- Shinde said the MVA, formed in November 2019, was beneficial only to alliance partners the Congress and the NCP, while ordinary Shiv Sainiks have suffered the most.
- “It is important to take a decision in the interest of the state,” Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati along with rebel Sena MLAs, tweeted.
What Uddhav Thackeray said in his emotional speech
- Uddhav Thackeray said he is ready to quit as chief minister if any of those rebels went and told him – to his face – that he should not remain in that position.
- The CM also said he was ready to give up the post of party president as well if Shiv Sainiks feel he isn’t capable of leading the party.
- “I will keep my resignation letter ready and you can come and take it to the Raj Bhavan,” he said.
- He threw a googly at rebel Eknath Shinde saying he will be happy if a Shiv Sainik remains CM. Shinde is likely to be made Deputy CM if he teams up with the BJP.
- Thackeray also brushed aside suggestions that he was inaccessible, saying that a spine surgery late last year kept him away from meeting people.
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has filed a complaint against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with the Mumbai Police, demanding registration of an FIR for violating Covid-19 protocols.
Kamal Nath has gone to Maharashtra… how will someone who couldn’t save his own govt in Madhya Pradesh, save the Maharashtra government?… Congress is counting its last moments.
– MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Numbers in the Maharashtra Assembly
Two more MLAs on their way?
Yesterday late night, two more Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLAs – Sada Sarvankar from Mahim constituency and Mangesh Kudalkar from Kurla constituency- left for Surat. That’s the first stop en route to Guwahati.
BJP attack on Thackeray family hinders regrouping?
Personal attacks on the Thackeray family by certain BJP leaders made chief minister Uddhav Thackeray reject ‘suggestions of most Shiv Sena MLAs’ to rejoin hands with BJP, a group of Sena MLAs who spoke to ET have claimed. They say Thackeray told the legislators that the alliance with BJP was not possible as he was personally hurt by BJP leaders attacking his family, including allegations linking his son Aaditya Thackeray to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Six ministers rebelled. Does it say something?
One of the things several MLAs and leaders have spoken about is the CM not being available to both his own party MLAs and others. The claim doesn’t look hard to digest, reports ET Bureau, considering that several MLAs who have rebelled, including Eknath Shinde, are ministers. Going by the last count, at least six ministers, including independents, have rebelled. Some sources said ministers did not have any power since there was constant infighting between the three parties over allocation of resources.
All eyes now on Eknath Shinde
All eyes now on rebel leader Eknath Shinde to make the next move. It is clear now that five of the MLAs, in the 34 who wrote to the Maharashtra governor saying Shinde is still the leader of Shiv Sena Legislature Party, were not Shiv Sena MLAs. Later, however he got more additions
Going by the last count, at least six ministers, including independents, have rebelled. they are part of the group that is lodged in a luxury hotel in BJP-ruled Assam.
However, Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut asserted Thackeray will not resign following the rebellion by a section of party MLAs. He said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will prove its majority in the Assembly if required.
Prior to leaving his official residence Varsha, Uddhav Thackeray also met MLAs and MPs. His supporters lined the route to welcome him.
Yesterday night CM Thacxkeray shifted to his family home along with his wife Rashmi Thackeray, sons Aaditya, who is a Cabinet minister, and Tejas Thackeray at around 9.50 pm.
Three more MLAs reached Guwahati yesterday evening taking the total count of Shiv Sena MLAs with Eknath Shinde to 33.
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