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Maharashtra: NCP legislator claims Eknath Shinde’s revolt pre-planned, made moves during Rajya Sabha and MLC polls

The NCP legislator said that 12 from Shiv Sena cross-voted and instead of giving their vote to candidates of alliance partners as decided by the party leadership, they voted for the BJP candidate in the MLC polls.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: June 23, 2022 12:15:24 am
Eknath Shinde and rebel MLAs at the Le Meridien Hotel in Surat.

The political move by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde was pre-planned, according to an NCP legislator who closely witnessed the developments during the recent elections of Rajya Sabha and state legislative council.

“I was deputed as one of the polling agents for the state legislative council elections held on Monday. I had witnessed that Aaditya Thackeray and Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena had come together to cast their vote after all their legislators had voted. There was no sign of difference between them; and within hours, Shinde headed to Surat,” he said.

The results of the council elections revealed that the cross-voting was pre-planned as none of the legislators had showed any signs of rebelling against the party, he added.

Going by the strategy of the Congress, 29 of its supporting legislators were asked to give first preference to their candidate Chandrakant Handore while 19 were asked to vote for Bhai Jagtap but Handore got 22 votes and Jagtap got 19 votes in the first round. This showed there were seven legislators of the Congress who participated in cross-voting and Handore lost the election in the second round of counting of votes, the NCP legislator said.

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Similarly, there were 12 legislators from Shiv Sena camp who voted for the BJP candidate instead of alliance candidates as decided by the party leadership.

Earlier, the Sena candidate lost the Rajya Sabha election and the blame was put on independent legislators for not sticking to their promise, the NCP leader said. “If the Rajya Sabha election results are studied in present situation then it is clear that it were not the Independent legislators but the Shiv Sena legislators who had led to loss of party candidate Sanjay Pawar in Rajya Sabha elections,” he added.

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