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37 Shiv Sena MPs declare Eknath Shinde as their leader;  a look at 10 developments


Shiv Sena has called for the disqualification of 12 MPs, including Shinde and his son, for failing to attend the Legislative Party meeting called by Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.

The rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MPs unanimously chose party leader Eknath Shinde as their leader. ANI

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Tensions continue to rise for the state government of Maha Vikas Aghadi in the state after Shiv Sena’s 37 rebel MPs wrote a letter to the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, stating that ‘Eknath Shinde remains their leader in the House. Lawmakers ousted Uddhav Thackeray from the party founded by his father Bal Thackeray

Maharashtra political crisis: Here are the top 10 developments

1 – Shortly after the Uddhav Thackeray faction filed disqualification requests for 12 rebels, Shinde on Thursday sent a letter to the vice president, signed by Sena MPs, who are currently staying with him in Guwahati. Names of MPs mentioned in the candidacy include – Eknath Shinde, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandipanrao Bhumre, Bharatshet Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Jadhav, Lata Chandrakant, Anil Babar, Prakash Surve and Balaji Kinikar

2- The letter to Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly, by Shinde and rebel MPs, also informed that Sena MP Bharat Gogawale has been appointed Chief Legislative Party Whip in place of Sunil Prabhu

3- Shinde reacted to threats made against 12 MPs who skipped the legislative party meeting called by Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. In a tweet, he wrote: “Who are you trying to threaten? We know your stuff and also understand the law very well. According to the 10th schedule of the Constitution, the whip applies to legislative work and not to any meeting “.

4- Shinde further said, “We rather demand action against you because you don’t have a sufficient number (of deputies) but you still formed a group of 12 deputies. We don’t pay any attention to any such threats”.

5- The rebel faction led by Eknath Shinde has claimed the support of 37 Shiv Sena lawmakers and 10 independent lawmakers. Sena’s number of MPs is enough for him to demand to split the party in Maharashtra Assembly without breaking anti-defection law

6 – On Thursday evening, two other MPs, Dada Bhuse and Sanjay Rathore and an MLC, Ravibdra Fathak, had joined the Eknath Shinde team camping in a hotel in Guwahati

7- Earlier on Thursday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said his party was willing to consider leaving Maharashtra’s ruling alliance, MVA, if rebel MPs camped in Assam return within 24 hours and discuss of their grievances with CM Uddhav Thackeray.

8 – “You say you are real Shiv Sainiks and you will not leave the party. We are ready to consider your request on the condition that you return to Mumbai within 24 hours and discuss the matter with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Your request will be considered positively. Don does not write letters on Twitter and WhatsApp,” said Raut, who is also the party’s main spokesperson.

9- NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar has said the fate of the MVA government will be decided on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, where the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition will prove its majority in a vote of confidence. He also said they were forced to persuade dissident MPs to return to Mumbai from Guwahati and present their grievances to the party leadership.

10 – Eknath Shinde demanded that the Shiv Sena break its alliance with the Congress and the NCP, saying it diluted its Hindutva ideology and that party leaders suffered the most in the last two and a half years of the coalition’s reign.

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