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‘Ground test will decide fate of MVA government,’ says NCP leader Sharad Pawar as Maharashtra’s political crisis escalates

“Shiv Sena is ready to quit the MVA government in Maharashtra but the party rebels are expected to return to Mumbai (from Guwahati) within 24 hours,” MP Sanjay Raut said earlier.

File image of Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. News18 hindi

Congress and the NCP on Thursday said they backed Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition, hours after ally Shiv Sena said he was ready to quit the alliance.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar said the MVA has decided to support Uddhav Thackeray and that is the only way to decide whether the government has a majority or not.”

“The Vidhan Sabha is the only way to know whether there is a majority or not. I have seen a similar situation in Maharashtra many times. I think this government will pull through and Uddhav Thackeray’s government will continue. Those who walked out said they were unhappy with the Congress-NCP,” Pawar told the media.

Earlier today, Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We want to work together. The current government of Maharashtra is doing development work in the state. The BJP is trying to destabilize the government of Maharashtra. They have done the same in the past also in Karnataka.

The MVA comprising the Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP was formed in 2019 after a fallout between the Shiv Sena and the BJP.

Cong and ASC play down Sanjay Raut’s remark

Speaking on Raut’s remarks, Deputy CM of Maharashtra and Head of NCP, Ajit Pawar said “it is Shiv Sena’s internal matter and Uddhav Thakeray will make the final decision.”

Earlier in the day, Raut asked Eknath Shinde and other rebel leaders to return “within 24 hours”, saying he would consider their request to withdraw from the ruling coalition with Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra.

“The Shiv Sena is ready to quit the MVA government in Maharashtra, but the party rebels are expected to return to Mumbai (from Guwahati) within 24 hours,” MP Sanjay Raut said.

While alliance partners expressed confidence in the government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray, reports suggested that Raut’s comment rubbed Congress and the NCP the wrong way.

The big old party is unhappy with the statement made by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, ANI citing sources said.

Top NCP sources said News18 that the fall of the MVA government is now certain.

Publicly expressing his displeasure with Raut’s remarks, NCP leader Chagan Bhujbal said “every party can go its own way.”

On Wednesday, Eknath Shinde, who led the rebels, called Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, the Maha Vikash Aghadi, an “unholy alliance”. He added that the Shiv Sena should leave the MVA.

Shiva Sena reaches out to the rebels

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted on Thursday that “the doors are still open for talks.”

With contributions from agencies

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