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Shinde portrays himself and his supporters as genuine Shiv Sena members

By wasmulhaq 
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Mumbai: In his first address since a rebel crisis exploded in his party two days ago, Uddhav Thackeray asserted that he would “not fight for the chair” and that his party, Shiv Sena, “will never give up Hindutva”.

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Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde has been projecting the party as the real Sena and called party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s meeting “illegal”. Mr Shinde claims that 46 MLAs are behind him and invokes Balasaheb Thackeray’s ideology.

I am ready to resign if a single MLA is against me as Chief Minister. I have kept my resignation letter ready. “You tell me you want me to resign,” Uddhav Thackeray said. He spoke after 30 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs wrote to the Governor. They back rebel chief Eknath Shinde as their leader.

 

On Wednesday, the Shiv Sena took a firm stance and changed its colour amidst political turmoil in Maharashtra. The party issued a stern warning to its MLAs to gather at CM Uddhav Thackeray’s official residence in Varsha, where a party meeting will take place today at 5 pm regarding the political crisis that has created a ruckus in the state.

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The Sena has made it clear that those who are not physically present in the meeting will be considered to have left the party membership. After that, action of disqualification will start against those who failed to present at today’s evening meeting.

Meanwhile, 34 rebel MLAs signed on to a letter which has now been moved to the Governor. All the dissatisfied members of the Shiv Sena have been backing Eknath Shinde. It is a clear indication that Uddhav Thackeray’s government is counting its time.

In the meantime, rebel leader Eknath Shinde has been making tall claims that more than 46 MLAs are backing him, who are standing in his support. All the Shiv Sena rebels are camping in Guwahati, Assam.

The dissatisfied leaders have opened several options. All the leading political parties in the state have increased their activity. MAV is trying to save its government, which is not likely as Shinde would like to shake hands with the BJP and form the government.

Earlier, the rebel MLAs were shifted to Surat in Gujarat from Mumbai on Tuesday. Heavy police deployment has been made around the hotel where they were staying.

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Following this, the rebel MLAs, along with chief whip Shinde, reached Guwahati on Wednesday morning.

 

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