Maharashtra’s new government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is unconstitutional and was born out of demonic ambition, Shiv Sena leader and former Minister of State Aaditya Thackeray said in Aurangabad on Friday.
Mr Thackeray was speaking during the two-day Aurangabad leg of his ‘Shiv Samvad Yatra’, during which he visited Vaijapur, Khultabad and Ellora.
“This government, which was formed due to demonic ambition, is unconstitutional and illegal. This is a temporary government and it will collapse,” he said.
Planning for the rebellion began around Diwali last year, when Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was recovering from two surgeries, he claimed.
“What these people (the Shinde faction) did was against humanity. When their leader (Uddhav) fell ill with coronavirus, they (the rebels) went to Surat (in June),” he said. -he assures.
The decision to stop the process of renaming Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar by the new government and then republish it (adding ‘Chhatrapati’ to the name) was childish, he said, adding that the renaming of the airport here continues to be in play.
“These legislators have rebelled though they have achieved more in two and a half years (of Maha Vikas Aghadi’s reign) than they have done in the last three or four terms. Let the people decide about them ( in the polls),” he said, adding that the doors of ‘Matoshree’ (the Thackerays’ private residence and also the party’s seat of power) will remain open for those who have left.
Former Sena Lok Sabha MP Chandrakant Khaire said the Bharatiya Janata party got their hands on Mr Shinde as they were struggling to unseat the MVA government, while Kannad MP Udaysingh Rajput said the brand Thackeray was still enough to win the polls.
Maharashtra Legislative Council Member Ambadas Danve speaking on the occasion said that the MVA government has given Rs 2,600 crore for development works in Aurangabad region.
He claimed that none of the lawmakers who joined the Shinde camp will now win the assembly elections.