Not left nor revolted against Shiv Sena, says Eknath Shinde
As Chief Minister and Shiv Sena party leader Uddhav Thackeray faces the biggest political crisis in Maharashtra his minister Eknath Shinde, has claimed the support of 34 MLAs, along with Minister of State Omprakash Babarao Kadu alias Bachhu Kadu.
Kadu, of the Prahar Janshakti Party (PJP), further contended that the number of legislators supporting Shinde is increasing and could even cross 40 as the Maharashtra political drama shifted from Surat in Gujarat to the northeast state of Assam.
“Whatever decision Shinde takes shall be acceptable to all of us,” said Kadu, speaking to a private Marathi channel.
Earlier, claiming that he had not left the Shiv Sena nor revolted, Shinde said there were 40 MLAs with him who travelled to Guwahati – ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, early on Wednesday.
However, Shiv Sena and (MVA) declined to comment on the issue and claims made by the rebels, saying that many of the MLAs will return to the party fold soon.
Sena Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut, MP, said that the party team had gone to meet Shinde on Tuesday and heard him out.
“He had certain issues and we shall discuss them further. We have always fought and shall continue to struggle,” said Raut.
The MVA government plunged into its gravest crisis early on Tuesday after Shinde suddenly revolted along with a group of Shiv Sena MLAs and Ministers, and reached Surat early on Tuesday morning.
All the MLAs have now been shifted to Guwahati, Assam and stationed at Hotel Radisson Blu. A 50-seater chartered flight was hired for taking the MLAs to Guwahati. The sources also said that Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, who is leading the dissident group, has managed the support of five Congress MLAs.
At the height of a major political crisis that has gripped the state, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has tested COVID-19 positive here on Wednesday, officials said.
The 80-year-old Governor has been admitted to the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in south Mumbai for treatment and his condition has been described as ‘stable’.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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