Updated: June 29, 2022 1:20:23 am
Refuting the claims of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Minister Aaditya Thackeray that several rebel Shiv Sena MLAs lodged in a Guwahati hotel are in touch with them, the Eknath Shinde camp challenged them to disclose the names of such legislators.
Aaditya and Raut have been claiming that at least 21 MLAs or their family members are in touch with them and would return to the party once they reach Mumbai.
On Tuesday morning, Raut claimed, “…there are still a few MLAs whom we do not consider as rebels, as they are in touch with us. Their family is also in touch with us and we are hopeful that they will return to us.” Aaditya too has been claiming the same since last week.
The spokesperson of the rebel camp, MLA Deepak Karsekar, challenged the Sena, saying, “If they are with you, then ask them to come back.”
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Uday Samant, a rebel MLA and former minister, who joined Shinde faction camp on Sunday, said that the MLAs are not in touch with anyone except Shinde. “We have voluntarily come to Guwahati with Eknath Shinde, who sincerely carried forward the idea of Hindutva of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray. At present, we are not in touch with any leader or party office-bearer except Eknathji Shinde. It is a request that the people and the general Shiv Sena workers should not fall prey to any misconceptions being spread in this regard,” he told mediapersons.
Shinde said that wrong information is being spread. “If it is so then tell us the names. Don’t just mention numbers. All these 50 people who are here have come on their own and are happy. Will soon return Mumbai soon,” he added.
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