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Maharashtra Political Crisis News Highlights: Uddhav Thackeray never met those who lost 2019 polls, Eknath Shinde supported them, says rebel MLA

Maharashtra News Highlights, June 26, 2022: The Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly has issued a disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs of the Eknath Shinde camp who are currently camping in Guwahati.

By: Express Web Desk | Guwahati, Mumbai |
Updated: June 27, 2022 7:36:06 am
Outside Shiv Sena bhavan on Sunday evening. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Maharashtra Political Crisis News Highlights: MLA Bharatshet Gogawale, who is part of the Eknath Shinde camp, while voicing his reasons for the rebellion, said: “CM Uddhav Thackeray didn’t hold a single meeting in the last two-and-a-half years with the Shiv Sena leaders who lost the Assembly polls in 2019. On contrary, state’s Deputy CM Ajit Pawar gave funds to the NCP candidates who had lost the polls. During this time, it was Eknath Shinde who supported them.”

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Amid the heightening political crisis in Maharashtra, Rebel MLA Eknath Shinde on Sunday challenged the Shiv Sena’s move to disqualify him and 15 other MLA’s in the Supreme Court. The apex court will hear the matter tomorrow at 10:30 am. Earlier today, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar assured his support for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery “till last minute” and said that the policy of NCP and Congress are clear to support the ruling coalition. Talking to reporters on Sunday, Pawar said, “Eknath Shinde and other MLAs who’ve gone with him to Guwahati have said to form a new alliance but NCP and Congress’ policy is clear to support the coalition government that we had formed. MVA govt is there(in Maharashtra) and we want to continue supporting it.”

Meanwhile, Union Minister Maharashtra Aaditya Thackeray on Sunday said that the rebel MLAs “who are traitors” will not be taken back into Shiv Sena and the party’s doors are open “for those who want to to leave and for those who want to return to the party.” Shiv Sena’s Uday Samant, MLA from Ratnagiri Vidhan Saba flew to Guwahati on Sunday afternoon from Surat. He is the ninth minister to join the rebel camp. Fifteen of the rebel MLAs in the Eknath Shinde camp have been granted central security cover by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Sources said the 15 MLAs do not include leader of the rebel group Eknath Shinde. Among those included are Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve and 10 others.

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22:07 (IST)26 Jun 2022
📷 Outside Shiv Sena Bhawan today

20:32 (IST)26 Jun 2022
‘Eknath Shinde supported leaders who lost the 2019 Assembly polls while CM deserted them’

MLA Bharatshet Gogawale, who is part of the Eknath Shinde camp, while voicing his reasons for the rebellion, said: “CM Uddhav Thackeray didn't hold a single meeting in the last two-and-a-half years with the Shiv Sena leaders who lost the Assembly polls in 2019. On contrary, state's Deputy CM Ajit Pawar gave funds to the NCP candidates who had lost the polls. During this time, it was Eknath Shinde who supported them.”

20:00 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Shinde challenges Shiv Sena’s move to disqualify rebel MLAs in Supreme Court

Amid the heightening political crisis in Maharashtra, Rebel MLA Eknath Shinde on Sunday challenged the Shiv Sena’s move to disqualify him and 15 other MLA’s in the Supreme Court. The apex court will hear the matter tomorrow at 10:30 am.

19:51 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Uday Samant joins Eknath Shinde camp

Maharashtra Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Uday Samant reached Guwahati on Sunday and became the ninth minister to join the Eknath Shinde camp. 

19:46 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Sanjay Raut calls rebel MLAs 'living corpses'

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that the 40 MLAs in Guwahati are living corpses and their souls are dead. "Their bodies will be sent directly to the Assembly for post-mortem when they come back. They know what can happen in the fire that has been lit here," Raut said while talking to reporters.

18:43 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Will support CM Thackeray till last minute: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Amid the broiling political crisis in Maharashtra, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar assured his support for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery "till last minute" and said that the policy of NCP and Congress are clear to support the ruling coalition. Talking to reporters on Sunday, Pawar said, "Eknath Shinde and other MLAs who've gone with him to Guwahati have said to form a new alliance but NCP and Congress' policy is clear to support the coalition government that we had formed. MVA govt is there(in Maharashtra) and we want to continue supporting it."

17:51 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Governor BS Koshiyari requests immediate security for rebel MLAs, their families

Maharashtra Governor B S Koshiyari has written to Chief Secretary, additional chief secretary home, DGP and police commissioner of Mumbai to provide security to all MLAs and their families who are in Guwahati on an immediate basis.

16:57 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Traitors won't be taken back into party, Aaditya Thackeray warns Shiv Sena rebels

Even as a political turmoil unfolds in Maharashtra, Union Minister Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Friday said that the rebel MLAs 'who are traitors' will not be taken back into Shiv Sena and the party's doors are open 'for those who want to to leave and for those who want to return to the party.

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15:43 (IST)26 Jun 2022
'How long will you hide in Guwahati, you will have to come to chowpatty': Raut taunts rebel MLAs

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday posted a tweet targetting the rebel MLAs of the party, in which he said that however long they may "hide" in Assam's Guwahati, they will ultimately have to come to "chowpatty", a reference to Mumbai.

"How long will you hide in Guwahati, you will have to come to chowpatty," the Sena MP tweeted in Hindi along with a photo of the state Assembly's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal looking into the distance.

15:35 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Maharashtra political crisis: Uday Samant joins Eknath Shinde camp.

Shiv Sena's Uday Samant, MLA from Ratnagiri Vidhan Saba flew to Guwahati on Sunday afternoon from Surat. Samant is another member from Uddhav camp to fly and join Eknath Shinde camp. He is the eight minister to join the rebel camp.

15:08 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Maharashtra Political Crisis: Security beefed up outside Sarvankar's house

Security outside Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Sada Sarvankar's house.

14:15 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Shiv Sena workers protest against party rebels; say 'traitors' won't be forgiven

Loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels. The party workers were seen hitting Shinde's photo with footwear."These protests are meant to put out a message that Shiv Sainiks will not forgive the traitors," Tharkude said. Party corporators, local office-bearers and workers took part in the agitations, he said, adding that a two-wheeler rally was also organised in support of Thackeray.

13:45 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Road to Vidhan Bhavan from airport goes via Worli: Aaditya warns Sena rebels in Guwahati

In a warning to the Shiv Sena rebel leaders currently in Guwahati with Eknath Shinde, party leader and cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray said the road from Mumbai airport to Vidhan Bhavan, the state legislature complex, goes via Worli (a Shiv Sena bastion currently represented by the Yuva Sena chief).

The 30-year-old son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also said there was no place for "traitors" in the party. (PTI)

13:40 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Luxury resorts - a key stopover - on road to topple governments

The ‘Aaya Ram Gaya Ram' politics of the '80s in India has acquired a whole new meaning these days with rebel lawmakers checking-in to cool-off at luxurious resorts while sending political temperatures soaring outside.

Be it an attempt to topple the government in Maharashtra or keeping the flock of lawmakers together during recently-held Rajya Sabha polls, the new normal is for them to be moved to a luxury hotel or resort which is turned into an impregnable fortress by the party that holds reins of those legislators.

The focus is back on resort politics with a dissident group of Shiv Sena MLAs lead by Eknath Shinde moving into Guwahati's Radisson Blu Hotel, where they are cooling their heels after they were shifted from a hotel in Surat last week, throwing the Uddhav-led Shiv Sena and the MVA government in Maharashtra into an existential crisis.

While over the years on many occasions resort politics has yielded positive results for the rebels, it has also seen its share of failed bids like the 1982 Devi Lal-BJP coalition failing to prevent an MLA from escaping from a hotel where legislators were lodged and also Congress leader Sachin Pilot recently not going the distance to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led government. (PTI)

13:34 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Centre grants VIP security to 15 rebel Sena MLAs

Even as a political turmoil unfolds in Maharashtra, 15 of the rebel MLAs have been granted central security cover by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Sources said the 15 MLAs granted security does not include leader of the rebel group Eknath Shinde. Among those included are Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve and 10 others. They said the MLAs have been granted Y plus security cover of the CRPF and the elected respresentatives will be protected both when mobile and at home.

The move comes following reports of attacks on residences of rebel MLAs in Maharashtra by alleged workers of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and it suppprters. "The decision has been taken after a threat assessment by the Intelligence Bureau and only those MLAs who have a genuine threat have been provided protection," a home ministry official said.

13:32 (IST)26 Jun 2022
At Sharad Pawar's residence, MVA discuss possible legal battle ahead

In a meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders held at Sharad Pawar's Silver Oak residence, the possible legal battle ahead in the face of the instability the government faces was discussed.

Senior Congress leaders and ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena's Anil Desai and Parab, and state ministers Dilip Walse Patil and Ajit Pawar were present. The leaders reflected on current political developments in Maharashtra. They also discussed the possible legal battle ahead as the rebel Eknath Shinde faction indicated they will challenge disqualification notices issued by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal in court.

Express photo by Amit Chakravarty
13:23 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Meeting of Eknath Shinde faction begins

The Meeting of Eknath Shinde faction began in Guwahati to discuss further strategies and legal aspects, sources told ANI. Another important meeting could be held later today.

13:22 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Rebel camp may approach court against decision to remove Eknath Shinde as Legislative Party leader

The camp of rebel MLAs will approach court after seekiing legal opinion on Maharashtra Deputy Speaker's decision to remove Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader, sources told ANI. The Shinde faction says the Deputy Speaker should have given at least seven days to rebel MLAs to reply to the notice.

12:16 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Shiv Sena workers lead bike rally in Mumbai; Eknath Shinde supporters paint over CM's posters

The political crisis brewing in Maharashtra spilt over on the streets as Shiv Sena workers led a bike rally in Mumbai and a 'joote maaro andolan' in Pune to protest Eknath Shinde's rebellion.

Meanwhile, Shinde's supporters painted over posters installed in support of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Thane.

12:06 (IST)26 Jun 2022
Watch: People will trust the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray, says Sanjay Raut

Speaking to reporters, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said people trust the party led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. "Uddhav ji said that those who have rebelled should not use the Shiv Sena name and use their father's name and ask for votes," he said.

He further hit out at the rebel MLAs, adding that they have to come to Mumbai to execute their strategies and plans. "Thousands and lakhs of Shiv Sainiks are waiting for our one gesture, but we have still exercised restraint," Raut said.

The Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly has issued a disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs of the Eknath Shinde camp who are currently camping in Guwahati. They have been given time till June 27 to file their written replies, news agency ANI reported. On the other hand, the national executive of the Shiv Sena, a meeting of which was chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray today afternoon, passed a resolution stating that no one would be allowed to use the name of the party or Balasaheb Thackeray to form a new group. This came after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who is leading a revolt against CM Uddhav Thackeray, decided to name his faction “Shiv Sena Balasaheb”.

MVA end nears, Uddhav loses control, Sena says can exit govt if rebels return

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra appeared to be on the verge of collapse Thursday after Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray lost the support of majority party MLAs who rallied behind rebel leader Eknath Shinde and his call for ending the alliance with the “ideologically opposed” NCP and Congress.

In a tacit admission that Uddhav was no longer in control of his legislators, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party was ready to walk out of the MVA government.

"If you are Shiv Sainiks, if you are saying that you are not leaving Shiv Sena and that your issue is with the government, then Shiv Sena is willing to walk out of the government and MVA alliance. But first show the courage to come here and put forward your demands in front of Uddhav Saheb. Surely, it will be considered. Come back within 24 hours, we will sit with Uddhav Saheb and think on accepting your demands," he said.

Plane fare at least Rs 50 lakh: Eknath Sinde’s ‘operation’ a costly affair

A chartered aircraft, three luxury buses, and a hotel about a kilometre from the airport — it has been a costly affair for Eknath Shinde to get the rebel MLAs out of Maharashtra so as to try and break the Shiv Sena away from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The drama started Tuesday and the night after as Minister Eknath Shinde moved out of Maharashtra with his flock of rebel MLAs, including Independents, and travelled to Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat. As night fell, a chartered SpiceJet aircraft was ready at the airport. And about 30 minutes past midnight, three luxury buses pulled up at the hotel to take Shinde and his MLAs to the airport and onward to Guwahati.

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First published on: 23-06-2022 at 08:04:22 pm