Maharashtra Political Crisis News Live: Amid a rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, Uddhav Thackeray last night offered to resign as Chief Minister if any of the MPs come to tell him to his face. He left his official residence in South Mumbai and moved to his family home in the suburb of Bandra. The CM left ‘Varsha’, his official residence, for Matoshri, the Thackeray family’s private bungalow, amid great drama as the political crisis that rocked his government following Shinde’s revolt two days ago , showed no signs of reflux. Thackeray, who tested positive for COVID-19, was leaving the official residence. Party workers waved slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official home with his family members
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TMC workers protest outside Guwahati Hotel
- Large Trinamool Congress protest outside the Guwahati Hotel where rebel MPs Shiv Sena are staying
- Party chairman Rioun Bora is leading the protest here.
Game over for Thackeray?
- Except for MPs from Mumbai, almost all go to Guwahati
- Deepak kesarkar who was at Uddhav camp landed in Guwahati
20 deputies are in contact with us. When the ground test takes place, everyone will see: Raut
- I will not talk about any camp, I will talk about my party. Our party is strong even to this day… About 20 MPs are in contact with us… when they come to Mumbai, you will learn… will soon be revealed, under what circumstances, the pressure these MPs left us: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
- Whoever quits the party under ED pressure is not a true Balasaheb Bhakt. We are real Balasaheb Bhakts… even we have the pressure from ED but we will continue to support Uddhav Thackeray… When the ground test happens, everyone will see who is positive and who is negative: Raut said.
NCP meeting underway at Sharad Pawar’s residence
A meeting is underway between NCP leader Sharad Pawar, deputy CM Ajit Pawar, interior minister Dilip Walse Patil, ministers Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad and party leader Sunil Tatkare.
The three rebel deputies who arrived today morning
- MPs Deepak Kesakar (Sawantwadi), Mangesh Kudalkar (Chembur) and Sada Sarvankar (Dadar) were the rebels who reached Guwahati hotel today morning.
- They took an early morning flight from Mumbai to Guwahati, a close associate of Shinde said.
- On Wednesday evening, four MPs, including Maharashtra minister Gulabrao Patil, arrived in Guwahati.
BJP offers Eknath Shinde Deputy CM, key Cabinet posts
The BJP has offered Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde the same deal it offered Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Ajit Pawar in 2019 – the post of Deputy Chief Minister – if he and his fellow dissidents bring about a change in the government of Maharashtra, Hindustan Times quotes a senior party official with knowledge of the talks.
The BJP has gone blind. PM expected to visit flooded Assam state but busy overthrowing government: Gaurav Gogoi
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For Eknath Shinde, the magic number is 37
Shiv Sena has 55 MPs in the Maharashtra Assembly. To escape disqualification under the anti-defection law, the group led by Eknath Shinde would need a membership of at least 37 – two-thirds of the total – The letter to the governor yesterday had the signatures of 34 MPs , but our reports indicated four did not belong to the Sena. And that one of them was back at Uddhav camp. Since then, reports suggest that another 7 Sena MPs have reached Guwahati. Which means the number is now 36.
show of force last night
A few hours after his moving speech, Uddhav Thackeray left “Varsha”, his official residence, for Matoshri, the private bungalow of the Thackeray family. Neelam Gorhe and Chandrakant Khaire were among the party leaders present at “Varsha” when Thackeray left the official residence, PTI reported. Party workers waved slogans and showered the CM with petals as he left his official home with his family members – his wife Rashmi Thackeray, his sons Aaditya, who is a cabinet minister, and Tejas Thackeray around 9.50pm. It reached outside Matoshri around 10:30 p.m. However, it took another 40 minutes for the CM to travel a short distance from outside Matoshri to his residence, as party workers had invaded the road. Hundreds of Shiv Sainiks posted themselves from Malabar Hill, where Varsha is, to Matoshri in Bandra. Carrying placards and party flags, workers waved slogans in support, some of them choking back tears. Thackeray got out of his car at Worli, then again near Matoshri, and waved at the party workers.
Won’t form new outfit, rebel MPs tell Eknath Shinde
Rebellious Shiv Sena MPs who joined Eknath Shinde’s Guwahati camp told him they would not quit the party or form a separate team, reports TOI. Shinde reportedly assured them that they would not have to quit the party and that they would eventually convince Uddhav Thackeray.
More rebels reach Guwahati Hotel
Three more rebel Shiv Sena MPs reach Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati where Eknath Shinde is staying, ANI reports
BJP officially says it has nothing to do with MVA crisis
The BJP officially maintained that it had nothing to do with the Maha Vikas Aghadi crisis. The party said none of the rebels had approached them so far with a proposal to form the next government. Even after CM Uddhav Thackeray’s moving speech last night, BJP State Chairman Chandrakant Patil reportedly said his party had nothing to do with what was happening. It’s another thing that TV footage reportedly showed opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis’ associates, Sanjay Kute and Mohit Kambhoj, accompanying rebel Shiv Sena MPs. And that rebel MPs were housed in BJP-ruled states.
Two Shiv Sena deputies recount their “escape” from the rebel camp
Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who had accompanied party rebel Eknath Shinde to Surat, yesterday claimed that some people forcibly admitted him to a hospital there. Kailas Patil, another party MP representing Osmanabad, said he escaped from a car carrying lawmakers in Surat, drove for miles, hitchhiked on a two-wheeler and a truck before being eventually sent a vehicle to transport him to ‘Varsha’, the chief minister’s official residence.
Eknath Shinde remains defiant
- Eknath Shinde, in his response to Uddhav Thackeray’s speech yesterday, said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra was an ‘unholy alliance’
- He said it was imperative that his party leave the coalition with the NCP and Congress for its own good and that of the party workers.
- Shinde said the MVA, formed in November 2019, was only beneficial to alliance partners Congress and the NCP, while ordinary Shiv Sainiks suffered the most.
- “It is important to make a decision in the interest of the state,” tweeted Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati with rebel Sena MPs.
What Uddhav Thackeray said in his moving speech
- Uddhav Thackeray said he was prepared to quit his post as chief minister if any of these rebels came to tell him – to his face – that he should not stay in the post.
- The CM also said he was also ready to step down as party chairman if Shiv Sainiks felt he was not capable of leading the party.
- “I will keep my resignation letter ready and you can come and bring it to Raj Bhavan,” he said.
- He went googly at rebel Eknath Shinde saying he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik remained CM. Shinde is likely to be appointed Deputy CM if he teams up with the BJP.
- Thackeray also dismissed suggestions he was unreachable, saying spinal surgery late last year left him unable to meet people.
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has filed a complaint against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with the Mumbai Police, demanding registration of an FIR for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
Kamal Nath went to Maharashtra…how someone who could not save his own government in Madhya Pradesh, will save the government of Maharashtra?… Congress is counting its last moments.
– MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Numbers at Maharashtra Assembly
Two more deputies on the way?
Late last night, two more Maharashtra Shiv Sena MPs – Sada Sarvankar from Mahim constituency and Mangesh Kudalkar from Kurla constituency – left for Surat. This is the first stop en route to Guwahati.
BJP Attack on Thackeray Family Hampering Regrouping?
Personal attacks on the Thackeray family by some BJP leaders prompted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to reject ‘suggestions of most Shiv Sena MPs’ to join the BJP, claimed a group of Sena MPs who spoke to ET. They say Thackeray told lawmakers the alliance with the BJP was not possible as he was personally hurt by BJP leaders attacking his family, including allegations linking his son Aaditya Thackeray to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Six ministers rebelled. Does that say something?
One of the things that several MPs and leaders have talked about is that the CM is not available to both MPs from his own party and others. The claim doesn’t seem hard to digest, ET Bureau reports, considering that several MPs who have rebelled, including Eknath Shinde, are ministers. At last count, at least six ministers, including independents, have rebelled. Some sources said the ministers had no power as there were constant wrangling between the three parties over the allocation of resources.
All eyes are now on Eknath Shinde
All eyes are now on rebel leader Eknath Shinde to take the next action. It is now clear that five of the MPs, out of the 34 who wrote to the Governor of Maharashtra saying that Shinde is still the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party, were not Shiv Sena MPs. Later, however, he got more additions