Mumbai: Maharashtra has been witnessing a fierce political crisis for the last couple of days. Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena rebel MLAs are the key players in the state’s political turmoil.
Update on the Maharashtra political crisis
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s loyalist and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday challenged the party’s rebel camp led by Eknath Shinde to a floor test in the assembly, while also telling them that their chance to return to the Sena has not lost.
Another twist in Maharashtra
Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut claimed that at least 18 MLAs in Guwahati have contacted Shiv Sena leaders in Mumbai and that several of them will return soon, despite the fact that the political climate in Maharashtra is now unpredictable.
As 21 MLAs in Guwahati contacted him before his departure for Mumbai, Sena MP Sanjay Raut later said that Uddhav Thackeray would be back at the Varsha Bungalow (the official chief minister’s house) very soon. As of the most recent count, 13 MLAs from Uddhav’s party supported him.
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The police detained several Trinamool Congress (TMC) members and workers of the Assam unit for protesting outside the Raddision Blu Hotel in Guwahati, where Eknath Shinde, along with rebel Maharashtra MLAs, is staying. The TMC has targeted the BJP for keeping the MLAs as hostages in the‘sale‘ regarding severe floods in Assam.
Rebellion in Shiv Sean on a mass scale is a surprising package. How did this happen so fast?Eknath Shinde, like a Bollywood hero, quickly turned the tables.
Maharashtra Legislative Council polling concluded at 4pm on Monday. After that, Shinde, along with some of his loyal MLAs, unexpectedly made a tour to Upwan, near the Yeoor Hills in Thane, where they did all the planning regarding the next step. It means Yeoor Hills was the place where insurgences against Uddhav Thackeray’s government were finalized.
The general perception of dissatisfied MLAs was that Shinde was sidelined during the recently held key Rajya Sabha and MLC polls. They were unhappy over the share obtained by Congress and NCP in the budget, while some Sena leaders were messed up.
Shinde flocked to several MLAs and discussed them over dinner. “In the meantime, they decided that their rebel leaders needed to be aired and left for Surat,” said a close aide to Shinde who is camping in Guwahati.
However, another Thane Sena worker close to Shinde revealed that the unrest in the party had been taking place for some time. Some party members were soaring over the functioning of the state government, which could have burst earlier but was delayed amidst Rajya Sabha and MLC polls.
Party workers in Thane who are loyal to Shinde gathered at his residence on the Eastern Express Highway on Wednesday, showing their full support and solidarity with Shinde and his aides.