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Just 13 MLAs At Uddhav Thackeray Meet, Rebels’ Pic Tells

At least 40 Sena MLAs have joined Eknath Shinde camp.Mumbai: Eknath Shinde, leading a revolt against Uddhav Thackeray, has claimed the backing of 40 MLAs but this has been challenged by party leader Sanjay Raut, who said at least half of them were "in touch" to come back. Here are the top 10 updates on…

At least 40 Sena MLAs have joined Eknath Shinde camp.

Mumbai: Eknath Shinde, leading a revolt against Uddhav Thackeray, has claimed the backing of 40 MLAs but this has been challenged by party leader Sanjay Raut, who said at least half of them were “in touch” to come back.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:

  1. Eknath Shinde, camping in Guwahati with around 41 MLAs, tweeted a stinging letter by a legislator accusing the Maharashtra Chief Minister of shutting his doors to them and keeping them waiting for hours. “We were denied entry to the Chief Minister’s house for 2.5 years,” wrote Sanjay Shirsat, one of the MLAs in Guwahati with the rebels.

  2. The MLAs, however, do not want Uddhav Thackeray to resign as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. “Instead, we want him to get into an alliance with the BJP and form a new government with a natural ally,” said Deepak Kesakar, who is among the three MLAs who joined the rebel camp this morning.

  3. “As of yesterday (Eknath) Shinde had 37 Shiv Sena MLAs. Today I along with three others from Shiv Sena and one independent MLA reached here. Two to three are expected to reach in the next few hours,” Mr Kesakar told ..

  4. Uddhav Thackeray is reduced to a minority chief in the party founded and led for decades by his father, Bal Thackeray. Only 13 MLAs were present at a meeting called by Uddhav Thackrey, sources told .. “When they (the MLAs) come to Mumbai, you will get to know, (it) will soon be revealed, in what circumstances, pressure these MLAs left us,” he said.” Sanjay Raut, who is Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson, said.

  5. The Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP — the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra — have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named as Chief Minister as a way out of the huge political crisis that has engulfed the ruling coalition, sources said.

  6. Eknath Shinde, who is leading the Sena revolt, has claimed that the ruling coalition was beneficial only to alliance partners, while ordinary Shiv Sainiks have suffered the most in the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition’s rule. “It is important to take a decision in the interest of the state,” Mr Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati along with rebel Sena MLAs, tweeted Wednesday.

  7. NCP chief Sharad Pawar today held a party meeting amid political instability in the ruling alliance. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, ministers Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad and party leader Sunil Tatkare.

  8. With the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition’s existence at stake, Mr Thackeray on Wednesday mentioned his father and party founder Balasaheb Thackeray as he made an emotional address to rebels. “If my own people don’t want me as Chief Minister, he should walk up to me and say so… I’m ready to resign… I am Balasaheb’s son, I am not after a post,” Uddhav Thackeray — who tested positive for Covid — said in a Facebook address Wednesday evening.

  9. The BJP says the political crisis in Maharashtra is the Shiv Sena’s internal matter and that the party is not staking claim to form a government in the state. “We haven’t spoken to Eknath Shinde. This is Shiv Sena’s internal matter. BJP has nothing to do with this. We’re not staking claim to form the government,” Union Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve, who met party leader Devendra Fadnavis, told the media.

  10. Though Eknath Shinde’s rebellion is the first under Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena has seen revolts by prominent figures on four occasions in its 56-year-old history, three of them under the watch of its charismatic founder Bal Thackeray.

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