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.”
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.