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Shiv Sena ready to leave MVA government, but rebels expected to return to Mumbai in 24 hours: Sanjay Raut

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said MPs should not communicate from Guwahati and should come back to Mumbai and discuss their issues with the Chief Minister .

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. ANI

In the latest article on the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Thursday that the Uddhav Thackeray faction was ready to leave the Maha Vikas Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra, but the party rebels are expected to return to Mumbai within 24 hours.

Speaking to the media, Raut said: “MPs should not communicate from Guwahati, they should come back to Mumbai and discuss all this with the chief minister.”

“We are ready to consider exiting the MVA if that is the will of all MPs, but for that they need to come to Mumbai and discuss it with Uddhav Thackeray,” he added.

Shortly after Raut’s statement, the Maharashtra Congress called a meeting of its leaders at the Sahyadri guest house at 4pm today. Senior party leaders including HK Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Nana Patole and Ashok Chavan will attend the meeting.

Sanjay Raut also claimed that 21 MPs from Guwahati have contacted the Uddhav Thackeray faction and after they return to Mumbai, “they will be with us”.

He also said Uddhav Thackeray would return to Varsha bunglow, the official residence of Maharashtra’s chief minister, “very soon”.

Another Shiv Sena MP, Vinayak Raut, claimed that at least 18 Guwahati MPs have contacted Sena leaders in Mumbai and several of them will return soon.

Press Agency ANI quoted his sources close to Thackery as saying, “Thirteen MPs are still with Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena. They are in constant contact with the Chief Minister.”

Meanwhile, Sena rebel Eknath Shinde is camped out at a hotel in Guwahati, Assam, with about 42 MPs – 34 from Shiv Sena and eight independents.

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Earlier today, Shinde tweeted an open letter written by rebel MP Sanjay Shirsat accusing Uddhav Thackeray of closing the doors of his residence to them and keeping them waiting for hours.

Shirsat claimed Shinde decided to go against the Shiv Sena leadership as party lawmakers, who have reportedly faced “humiliation” over the past two and a half years, persuaded him to do it.

“Chanakya would always overtake us,” Shirsat said, referring to Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.

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