Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya met party workers and leaders to boost morale, and assured them that they would continue the fight till the end.
In a message to the rebel MLAs, Uddhav said that even though he had left the CM bungalow, he had not lost his determination and challenged the Shinde camp to fight the elections without using the name of ‘Thackeray or sena’.
The CM later met NCP chief Sharad Pawar who said they have full faith in Uddhav’s leadership.
Here are the latest developments in the Maharashtra political saga:
Have nothing to do with crisis faced by Shiv Sena: Maharashtra BJP chief
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Friday said that the party has “nothing to do” with the problems faced by Shiv Sena due to revolt by a section of its MLAs.
His remarks came a day after rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said he has the support of a “big national party”.
Patil said BJP “will not try to overthrow” the MVA government and it “will collapse due to internal strife”. He said that no one has made any proposal to the BJP.
“As per the BJP’s decision-making process, the state core committee discusses important issues and determines its role and makes recommendations to the central leadership. The party’s central parliamentary board then makes the final decision,” the BJP leader said.
Uddhav dares rebels to ‘win elections without Sena, Thackeray name’
Launching a scorching counter-attack on the rebels, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Friday dared them to win the elections “without using the name of Shiv Sena or the Thackerays”, even as allies Nationalist Congress Party-Congress reiterated their commitment to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Addressing a meeting of Sena’s district heads and others, Thackeray said that he has left the official residence ‘Varsha’, but not lost his “will to fight” for the party.
‘Your son is MP, should my son not grow politically?’
Digging in his heels, CM Thackeray on Friday expressed determination to fight the political crisis gripping his government and took on cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, saying the rebel leader’s son is a Lok Sabha MP and should his son Aaditya Thackeray not also grow politically as both sides showed no signs of backing down to break the four-day-old impasse.
Thackeray said Shinde was given the key department of urban development which is usually headed by the chief minister of the day and publicly blamed the opposition BJP for the rebellion in the Shiv Sena which has threatened the stability of his MVA coalition government which also consists of the NCP and the Congress.
Sharad Pawar, NCP leaders meet CM Thackeray
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar arrived at Matoshree, the residence of the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.
The leaders were expected to discuss ways to prevent fall of MVA government, which also includes the Congress.
Ajit Pawar said earlier in the day that the NCP stands with the Chief Minister and will try to “keep the government stable”.
Shiv Sena calls national executive committee meet tomorrow
After addressing the district chiefs of Shiv Sena on Friday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of the party’s national executive committee tomorrow at 1 pm.
The meeting will be held in Shiv Sena Bhavan in which the CM will join virtually.
‘Did everything for Eknath Shinde; rebel MLAs trying to break party’
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had called a meeting with district leaders present in the Sena Bhavan. He attended the meeting through video conferencing, said sources.
“Eknath Shinde’s son is an MP from Shiv Sena, I did everything for him. The department I had was given to Shinde. But he is making several allegations against me. I did everything for Shinde,” sources quoted Uddhav as saying at the said meeting.
“I’m not greedy for power. People who used to say, we will die but never leave Shiv Sena, ran away today. Rebel MLAs want to break the Shiv Sena. If they have courage, they should go without taking Balasaheb or Shiv Sena’s names,” he said at the meeting.
No national party in contact with us: Eknath Shinde
A day after claiming that a “powerful national party” was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde on Friday said no national party is in contact with them.
Asked if BJP was backing his group, Shinde told a TV channel, “When I said a big power is backing us, I meant the power of Balasaheb Thackeray and (late Shiv Sena leader) Anand Dighe.”
On being asked as to when the political crisis in Maharashtra will end, Shinde said things will be clear after some time.
Shinde faction moves no-confidence motion against deputy speaker
A day after the Uddhav Thackeray faction submitted a plea before Deputy Speaker Narhari Jhirwal to disqualify the rebel MLAs, the Ekanth Shinde faction on Friday gave a notice of no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker.
Earlier on Thursday night, Shiv Sena had filed a petition before the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly seeking the cancellation of membership of 12 rebel MLAs, including Eknath Shinde for “not attending” the legislative party meeting held on Wednesday.
In response to the move by the Uddhav faction, Independent MLAs Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agrawal from Shinde faction gave the notice of no-confidence stating that “a notice to move a resolution for removal of Narhari Zirwal as Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly under Article 179 of the Constitution of India read with Rule 11 of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Rules has already been submitted”.
Maharashtra police on high alert
All police stations in Maharashtra, especially those in Mumbai, have been ordered to remain on high alert. The police have been informed that Shiv Sainiks can take to the streets in large numbers. To ensure that peace prevails, officers have been asked to remain alert, the state police said on Friday.
Left CM’s bungalow, not my determination, says Uddhav
Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra chief minister “Despite the rebellions that the party has faced earlier, it came to power twice. I may have left ‘Varsha’, the chief minister’s official residence, but not my determination,” he said.
Shiv Sena seeks disqualification of 4 more rebel MLAs
The Shiv Sena on Friday moved an application to disqualify four more of its rebel MLAs. On Thursday, the party had filed a petition with Maharashtra Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal, seeking to disqualify 12 MLAs supporting Shinde’s rebellion.
The disqualification has been sought for flouting the Sena’s whip to attend a meeting of party legislators on Wednesday, said Sena MP Arvind Sawant. They include: Eknath Shinde, Tanaji Sawant, Prakash Surve, Sandipan Bhumre, Bharat Gogavale, Balaji Kinikar, Anil Babar, Lata Sonwane, Yamini Jadhav, Sanjay Shirsat, Mahesh Shinde and Absul Sattar.
Meanwhile, MLA Dilip Lande reached the Guwahati hotel on Friday afternoon.
The development came after the party moved to remove Shinde as the Shiv Sena Legislative Party Leader and replaced him with Ajay Chaudhri, which the deputy speaker has accepted but the Shinde group has cried foul.
More Sena MLAs likely to reach Guwahati in support of Shinde
Eknath Shinde is appearing to be tightening his grip on the Shiv Sena, as the number of MLAs supporting him is expected to cross 50. More legislators are likely to reach Guwahati on Friday, thus further deepening the political crisis in Maharashtra. Sena MLA Dilip Lande has already reached Guwahati on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena faction led by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has filed a petition before the deputy speaker of the state assembly seeking the cancellation of membership of 12 rebel MLAs including Eknath Shinde for “not attending” the legislative party meeting held on Wednesday.
Apart from Shinde, Shiv Sena has sought disqualification of Prakash Surve, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandeep Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Yadhav, Anil Babar, Balaji Devdas and Lata Chaudhari.
Eknath Shinde tweets rebel MLA’s letter to Thackeray: CM was inaccessible to us
Shinde however dismissed the move to disqualify rebel Sena MLAs. “We have the numbers and in a democracy, numbers are important. Our side is strong and we have followed the law. They cannot take actions like disqualifying our MLAs. It goes against the law.”
Rebels will support MVA in floor test: Sena’s Sanjay Raut
Claiming of being in touch with 20 MLAs from the Eknath Shinde camp in Guwahati, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that everyone will see when the floor test happens, adding that those who leave party under pressure from ED are not real followers of Balasaheb Thackeray.
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“About 20 MLAs are in touch with us…when they come to Mumbai, you will get to know…will soon be revealed, in what circumstances, pressure these MLAs left us,” said Raut.
Raut on Friday admitted that the party’s numbers in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly have dwindled, but expressed confidence that the rebel MLAs will support the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) combine during the floor test, saying that “figures can change any time”.
Why Eknath Shinde’s rebellion made Shiv Sena stop and take note
He said the rebel MLAs will face the real test of their loyalty towards the party when they return to Mumbai.
Raut in a tweet said that a central minister of the BJP has said that if attempts are made to save MVA govt, then Sharad Pawar will not be allowed to go home. Whether or not the MVA govt survives, use of such language for Sharad Pawar is not acceptable.
BJP was quick to dismiss the allegations of intimidation.
Shiv Sena worker inks Balasaheb Thackeray’s portrait on his body to show his support for Uddhav Thackeray
“No Central minister is giving threats. BJP is not trying to destabilise the government. This is an internal matter of the Shiv Sena. BJP is only in wait and watch position,” sais MoS Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve.
In a veiled warning, Raut said “Eknath Shinde faction that’s challenging us must realise that Shiv Sena workers are yet to come on the roads. Such battles are fought either through law or on the roads. If need be then our workers would come on the roads.”
Funds worth crores released for depts controlled by NCP, Cong
Maharashtra state departments, mostly those controlled by ruling allies NCP and Congress – have issued government orders for the release of funds worth thousands of crores in the last four days for various development-related works.
Between June 20 and 23, the departments issued as many as 182 government resolutions (GRs), while on June 17, they passed 107 such GRs. These orders can be seen on the government’s official website.
Opposition BJP sought Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s intervention to curb the “rush of GRs” seen over the past few days, which it termed as “suspicious”.
37 Sena MLAs declare Shinde as leader, write to Dy Speaker
All 37 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are camping in Guwahati, on Thursday sent a letter to Maharashtra deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal, stating that Eknath Shinde will remain their group leader in legislature.
The letter also said that Sena MLA Bharat Gogawale has been appointed as the party’s chief whip of the legislature 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 Shinde.
A few days back, the Sena had removed Shinde as legislature party leader after he “rebelled.”
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Cong advises rebel leader Shinde to leave Assam
Assam Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Borah on Friday wrote a letter to rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and advised him to leave Assam at the earliest in the greater interest of the state.
In a letter, Borah said that the MLAs’ presence in Guwahati has not gone well with the Assamese people and is creating an unhealthy atmosphere.
He further said that Assam is facing devastating floods and in such a critical situation of the state, the presence of Shiv Sena MLAs in Guwahati and the busy activities of the Assam government in providing royal hospitality are quite unfair and unacceptable.
BJP behind political instability, says Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan
“BJP is behind the political instability that we are witnessing in Maharashtra. It is true that there is some crack in big ally Shiv Sena and some MLAs have parted ways. But the BJP is behind such a situation. Devendra Fadnavis is taking instructions from Delhi and seeking logistical support accordingly. He is trying his best to keep the government unstable,” the Congress leader alleged.
“We had anticipated that the BJP would try something like this before the BMC elections which is very crucial for it and wants to win desperately. So it is adhering to all tactics including the misuse of the central agencies,” he said.
Cong, NCP trying to eliminate Shiv Sena: Rebel MLA Shirsat
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat claimed that both Congress and NCP are trying to eliminate Shiv Sena politically from Maharashtra and the MLAs made several attempts to inform chief minister Uddhav Thackeray about the “malafide intentions” of alliance partners.
In a video message, Shirsat said Sanjay Shirsath said, “Yesterday, we all watched the video conference address by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. We listened to his opinions and thoughts. We felt bad. We had never imagined that Uddhav Saheb will become so emotional in such a situation. But, there are reasons behind what has happened. This has not happened overnight. This is not a miracle that happened within a day. Many times in the past, all these MLAs informed Uddhav Saheb that whether it is Congress or NCP, both are trying to eliminate Shiv Sena.”
He also added that MLAs have also tried to inform the Chief Minister that people are trying to destroy Shiv Sena.