Sharad Pawar denies revolt by MLAs; ‘MVA government will run in Maharashtra’

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With the Maharashtra government in complete instability, the NCP, one of the partners of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, argued that this is the third attempt by the BJP to destabilize the ruling alliance. NCP chief Sharad Pawar took to Twitter to highlight how the MLAs were first kept in Gurgaon, from where they managed to escape and later the government was formed under the leadership of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The NCP supremo claimed that it has been running effectively since the government was formed. Speaking about the Legislative Council elections, he admitted that a candidate from his front cannot win. He said, “It is being said that there was cross voting in the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections, but in the last 50 years I have seen that the government has run despite cross voting many times.”

‘Whatever is decided, we will stick to it’

Pawar said the Shiv Sena has the chief minister’s post in the government, the NCP’s deputy chief minister’s post and the Congress has important portfolios. Expressing hope that there would be no need for any change in the government led by Uddhav Thackeray, the NCP supremo said, “Whatever decision the Shiv Sena leadership takes in this matter, we will stick to it.”

Maharashtra political crisis

In a major political development, senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and 15-29 other party MLAs are not in touch. Sources say that 11 of these MLAs are said to be already posted at Le Meridien Hotel in Gujarat, while 9 are going to Surat.

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Furthermore, at least 5 independents are said to have joined the rebel camp in Maharashtra which has now swelled to 40 MLAs. The MLA is in constant touch with the Bharatiya Janata Party and has a program to meet former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who is likely to visit Surat soon. Presently he is in Delhi where he is scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In the afternoon, the Shiv Sena supremo called a meeting at his residence in Mumbai, which was attended by only 19 MLAs, including Aaditya Thackeray. Subsequently, Eknath Shinde was replaced by MLA Ajay Choudhary as the leader of the legislature party.

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