Maharashtra’s political turmoil is now going to shift from Gujarat to Assam. The rebel MLAs present with him, including Shiv Sena’s rebel Eknath Shinde, are all set to be airlifted from Surat to Guwahati any time late on Tuesday. Buses have been rushed outside the hotel to take Shinde’s 33 Shiv Sena MLAs and four independent MLAs to the airport.
According to the latest information, all the rebel MLAs of Maharashtra will be taken to the airport in three buses. One bus has entered the hotel campus, while two are parked outside. According to sources, there is a plan to reach the rebel MLAs to Assam before Wednesday morning. There is a BJP government in Assam and the state’s CM Himanta Biswa Sarma is considered close and trusted to the BJP’s central leadership.
Shinde put the condition of alliance with BJP in front of Uddhav
Eknath Shinde, who was camping in Gujarat with 37 MLAs of Maharashtra, has put the condition of alliance with BJP in front of Uddhav Thackeray. Uddhav had sent Milind Narvekar to talk to Shinde. The meeting between Narvekar and Shinde lasted for about an hour. Narvekar got Shinde to talk to Uddhav over the phone.
Sources say that in this conversation which lasted for about 20 minutes, Uddhav came to Mumbai and offered to talk. But, Shinde remained adamant on an alliance with the BJP. It also said that first Uddhav should clarify his stand and if he agrees to the alliance then the party will not break.
Amrita wrote – there was a ‘tha’ insidious king
After this meeting, now the BJP is also seen active. Sources say that Devendra Fadnavis can go to Surat tonight. He is in Delhi now. meanwhile Biggest sign about Maharashtra Diya Fadnavis’s wife Amrita tweeted- He was a ‘was’ insidious king. He did not name anyone in the tweet, but it is being considered as a sign of change in Maharashtra.
2 possibilities after camp
Shinde is accompanied by 15 Shiv Sena, one NCP and 14 independent MLAs at Le Meridien Hotel in Surat. There are 30 MLAs and 3 ministers in the entire team. After this camp, two possibilities are also being revealed. First- MLAs can be airlifted to Delhi and taken to BJP President JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah i.e. BJP’s entry in the power equation. second- The MLAs can be taken to a resort in Ahmedabad and avenues for talks with Uddhav can be kept open.
Most important 4 updates…
1. There was a long meeting between Uddhav and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar at the CM residence. It was decided to shift the remaining Shiv Sena MLAs to the resort in Lower Parel. Cabinet meeting tomorrow.
2. Congress called a meeting of its MLAs yesterday. Made Kamal Nath the Observer for Maharashtra. Why only Kamal Nath to save the Uddhav government? Click to read…
3. Congress MLAs met, claimed that no one is breaking up.
4. BJP said that Eknath Shinde has not sent any proposal regarding the government nor have we sent any such proposal to him.
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4 biggest statements on political crisis
1. Uddhav Thackeray said – I am sure Shinde will listen to me
CM Uddhav Thackeray told the Shiv Sena MLAs in the meeting that now he (Eknath) is talking of joining hands with the BJP. When you were with the BJP, did you have less trouble? How to go with BJP now? I am sure Eknath Shinde will listen to me. All MLAs will be with you soon. NCP-Congress is with us.
2. Eknath Shinde said – are strong Shiv Sainiks, will not cheat
After the rebellious move, Shiv Sena removed Shinde from the post of Legislature Party leader. After this action of the party, Shinde gave a statement, which was in complete contrast to his rebellious attitude. He tweeted- We are true Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb. Balasaheb has taught us Hindutva. We will never cheat for power.
3. Sharad Pawar said – this is an internal matter of Shiv Sena
Amidst all these commotion, Sharad Pawar came in front of the media. About 11 minutes of press conference. When he was asked whether Shinde himself wanted to become the Chief Minister, he said that he did not express such desire to us. Pawar said that there has been a conspiracy to topple the government in Maharashtra also, but there is nothing to worry about… the Uddhav government will continue to run. He also said that this is not a government issue, it is an internal matter of Shiv Sena.
4. Sanjay Raut said – Operation Lotus will not be successful
Talking to the media, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that Surat does not have 30 MLAs, with Shinde only 16 or 17 MLAs. Late night an MLA wanted to leave the hotel. Some more MLAs also want to return, but the Gujarat Police has kept the MLAs hostage. BJP people are running Operation Lotus. But it will not be successful.
Eknath reached to meet the MLA whom Shiv Sena accused of beating up
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde had reached Surat Civil Hospital to meet fellow MLA Nitin Deshmukh. Nitin Deshmukh’s health had deteriorated in the hotel. He has been admitted to Surat Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, late in the evening Eknath Shinde had reached the hospital to meet him. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has alleged that two of his MLAs have been thrashed by Surat Police, which includes the name of Nitin Deshmukh.
If MLAs rebel, then Maharashtra government will fall?
In the Legislative Council elections held in Maharashtra on Monday, the majority of Mahavikas Aghadi has fallen to 151. During the Rajya Sabha elections, Mahavikas Aghadi had 162 MLAs, whereas before that this number was 170. That is, after the Rajya Sabha elections, 11 MLAs of Mahavikas Aghadi have decreased.
A total of 19 MLAs got away from Mahavikas Aghadi before and after the council elections. On the other hand, BJP now has the support of 134 MLAs. A majority of 144 is necessary for the government to last. In such a situation, the difference between the numbers of Mahavikas Aghadi and BJP has remained very less.
Still, if there is a rebellion in Shiv Sena, the anti-defection law will be the biggest challenge. Eknath Shinde will also have to maintain the membership of these MLAs for the rebellion. Shiv Sena has a total of 56 MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. According to the law, Shinde will have to mobilize 2/3 MLAs i.e. 37 MLAs. At present, Shinde is claimed to have 30 MLAs, of which Shiv Sena has 15.
Eknath angry after the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections
Eknath Shinde is counted among the veteran leaders of Shiv Sena. When the election results came in 2019, Shiv Sena made Shinde the leader of the legislature party. Shinde is considered a big leader of Thane area and has been associated with the party since the time of Balasaheb Thackeray. In the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra last month and the Legislative Council on Monday, Shinde was not listened to in the Shiv Sena, after which he was angry.
The results for 10 Legislative Council seats in the state were released on Monday, in which the BJP won 5 seats. On the other hand, Shiv Sena-NCP won 2 seats each and Congress got one seat. Many MLAs of Mahavikas Aghadi had cross-voted in the election, after which the political flurry started.
Uddhav Thackeray became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in November 2019
After the assembly elections in Maharashtra, there was a lot of political drama. After this, Uddhav Thackeray became the Chief Minister in November 2019. He had the support of NCP and Congress. In 2003, Uddhav Thackeray became the working president of Shiv Sena for the first time. He took over the reins of Shiv Sena in 2013 after the death of Bala Thackeray.
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