Maha Political Turmoil: Eknath Shinde Claims More MLAs To Join His Team


Mumbai: In Maharashtra, the political crisis continues as more Shivsena legislators have joined the party’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde in Guwahati.

Amidst claims and counterclaims, it is learnt that five more MLAs reached Guwahati today. Yesterday, 40 Shiv Sena legislators as claimed by Mr Shinde reached Guwahati from Surat. AIR correspondent reports that Deepak Kesakar (MLA from Sawantwadi), Mangesh Kudalkar (Chembur) and Sada Sarvankar (Dadar) took a morning flight from Mumbai to Guwahati, a close associate of Eknath Shinde.

He has the support of more than 40 MLAs. Meanwhile, Shivsena rebel Sanjay Sirsat wrote the letter on behalf of all MLAs to Chief Minister Udhhav Thackeray, stated that it is very embarrassing that we are unable to meet Chief Minister directly.

Doors of the ‘Varsha’ bungalow was closed for them for the last two and half years. Extremely abusive treatment to MLAs, Shirsat said in the letter. NCP leader Jayant Patil said that they are giving full support to CM Uddhav Thackeray. Shivsena group leader Choudhary accepted Sanjay Shirsat letter and told that action will be taken.

Assam BJP leader and State Minister Ashok Singhal today visited the hotel in Guwahati where the Shivsena rebel MLAs are staying. Eknath Shinde camp has claimed that more MLAs will join them. Mr. Shinde is holding meetings with his fellow legislators on the future course of action.

Meanwhile, members of the Assam Unit of Trinamool Congress held a protest outside the hotel where the Shivsena MLAs are staying.

On the other hand, NCP, a key constituent of the Maha Vikas Aaghadi Government, has called a meeting of its MLAs today. Talking to media persons, NCP leader Jayant Patil said, the MLAs would be briefed on the current developments at the meeting to be held at Y. B. Chavan Centre in Mumbai at 5 P.M.

Last evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had offered to resign. He said, he could make way for another Shivsena leader to become the Chief Minister. Later, Mr Thackery vacated ‘Varsha’, the official residence of the Chief Minister and returned to Matoshree, his family residence.

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