- Shinde has the support of 37 Shiv Sena MLAs
- Letter sent to Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Maharashtra Political Crisis: The crisis on Uddhav Thackeray’s government in Maharashtra is deepening. The rebel MLAs camping in Guwahati have elected Eknath Shinde as their leader. These MLAs have sent a letter to the Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Narhari Jirwal stating that Eknath Shinde will be their leader in the House. Along with this, there are also the signatures of 37 MLAs in this letter. All these rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena are camping with Shinde in a hotel in Guwahati. It has also been informed in the letter that in place of Sunil Prabhu, Shiv Sena MLA Bharat Gogavale has been appointed as the Chief Whip of the Legislature Party.
Who are you threatening – Shinde
Meanwhile, Shinde also hit back at those seeking action against MLAs of his faction for not attending the meeting called by Sunil Prabhu, claiming that the whip is applicable only for legislative work. Shinde tweeted, ‘Who are you trying to threaten? We know your gimmicks and understand the law. According to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, the whip is applicable for legislative business and not for any sitting.” He said, “We instead demand action against you as you do not have sufficient number of MLAs. But still you have formed a group of 12 MLAs. We don’t mind such threats.
MVA government will be decided in the assembly – Sharad Pawar
Meanwhile, NCP president Sharad Pawar said the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra will be decided in the assembly and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will prove its majority in the trust vote. The former Union minister said that the rebel MLAs will have to come back to Mumbai and face the Assembly. He said that BJP leaders from Gujarat and Assam will not come here to guide him. Pawar also denied the allegations of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs that they faced difficulties in getting funds for their constituencies as the finance ministry is controlled by NCP’s Ajit Pawar and he discriminated against them. “These are all (mere) excuses, some of these MLAs are facing probe by central agencies,” he said.
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