Maharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde talks to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Political Crisis: The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP is in trouble in Maharashtra. Actually, Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde has rebelled against some MLAs. Party out of touch. He is camping in a hotel in Surat, Gujarat. Seeing Shinde’s rebellious attitude, Shiv Sena has removed him from the post of MLA. However, efforts are being made to persuade them. According to sources, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Shinde over the phone. The discussion between the two leaders lasted for about 15 minutes. 10 big things-
1. Eknath Shinde’s move comes a day after the stability of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (AVA) in the state has come under question amid fears of ‘cross-voting’ in the Legislative Council elections. Shinde tweeted, “We are Balasaheb’s staunch Shiv Sainiks… Balasaheb has taught us Hindutva. We have never cheated with Balasaheb’s ideas and Dharamveer Anand Dighe Sahab’s teachings and we will never cheat for power.
2. Amidst the shocking move of Shinde, former CM and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is camping in Delhi. It is believed that the agitation in Maharashtra will be discussed with the high command. However, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has denied that his party had any connection with the recent political developments in Maharashtra. At the same time, he has said that if Shinde comes with a proposal to form the government, then BJP will definitely consider it.
Earlier in Delhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar had said that an attempt is being made to topple the government in Maharashtra for the third time. He said it is an internal matter of Shiv Sena and Uddhav Thackeray will handle the situation.
4. Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut accused BJP of running Operation Lotus from Gujarat. Speaking to ABP News, Sanjay Raut said that the relatives of the MLAs said that their family members were abducted. Police should take action in this regard. The government will complete its two-and-a-half year term, no one wants by-elections.
5. After the sudden disappearance of Shinde and some other Shiv Sena MLAs, Uddhav held an urgent meeting of party leaders and MLAs at his official residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai. According to sources, in the meeting, CM Thackeray said that there is no crisis on the government.
6. After the meeting, Eknath Shinde was removed from the post of leader of the legislature party. In his place, Shiv Sena has made Ajay Chaudhary the leader of the legislature party.
7. Along with this, Uddhav Thackeray has sent two MLAs to Surat. Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravi Pathak have reached Le Meridien Hotel in Surat, where some Shiv Sena leaders are staying. Sources said that Milind Narvekar spoke to Rashmi Thackeray and the then CM Uddhav over the phone. Uddhav asked him to go back and reconsider his decision.
8. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting with the leaders of coalition parties till the night. According to sources, Ajit Pawar will meet Thackeray. Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole has rejected any threat to the MVA government. Congress minister Balasaheb Thorat said his party is closely monitoring the developments in Shiv Sena and has spoken to the chief minister and MVA meeting will be held if needed.
The BJP has 106 MLAs, Shiv Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi three and Samajwadi Party, AIMIM and Prahar Janshakti Party two each in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. At the same time, MNS, CPI(M), PWP, Swabhimani Party, Rashtriya Samaj Party, Jansurajya Shakti Party and Krantikari Shetkari Party have one MLA each in the state assembly. There are 13 independent MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Leaders of the MVA, NCP and other constituents of the Congress, however, claimed that the stability of the state government was not in danger.
10. The chain of events began hours after the MVA suffered a setback in the Legislative Council elections, the results of which were declared on Monday night. The BJP had won all the five seats it tried its luck on, while it had the necessary votes to win only four candidates. Shiv Sena and NCP lost two seats each. At the same time, one of the two Congress candidates had to face defeat.