Maharashtra Deputy Speaker claims signatures of rebel MLAs are ‘fake’; letter check continues

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Maharashtra’s political crisis has taken a major turn. The Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Narhari Jirwal has claimed that “forged signatures” of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs have been found in the letter given to him by Eknath Shinde yesterday. According to sources, Shinde’s letter is currently being probed.

On Thursday, 37 Shiv Sena MLAs signed a resolution to retain the Shiv Sena minister as the leader of the legislature party after the deputy speaker replaced him with Ajay Choudhary. With the support of 2/3 of the Shiv Sena MLAs, Eknath Shinde sent a letter to the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and the Election Commission of India stating that he has a majority of Shiv Sena MLAs in his camp.

Though the Shiv Sena has demanded action against the 12 rebels, of whom two-thirds of the MLAs support the Thane heavyweight, the anti-defection law is unlikely to apply to those who are currently in a hotel in Guwahati. The rebel camp has apparently expressed dissatisfaction over the Shiv Sena’s alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National Congress (INC). The rebels have insisted that ‘there should be no compromise on Hindutva’ and that the Shiv Sena should re-align with its natural ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Shinde on his way to Mumbai; ‘Big decision’ today

Eknath Shinde told Republic Media Network on Friday that a “big decision” is likely to be taken by the Shinde camp today. It is being told that the leaders are currently going to Mumbai after camping in Guwahati. Earlier, while contacting the rebel MLAs, Sanjay Raut said that the doors of the party are open for them and all the issues raised by them can be resolved through talks. He had also indicated to consider exiting the MVA.

Eknath Shinde has insisted that his group of rebel MLAs represents the “real Shiv Sena” and claimed to have the support of over 50 MLAs, including independents.

Also read- Uddhav Thackeray gives ultimatum to rebel MLAs; Said- ‘Return to Mumbai within 24 hours’

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