Uddhav Thackeray: Maharashtra Political Crisis LIVE Updates: Rebel MLAs’ leader Eknath Shinde says ‘national party’ has assured all help

Maharashtra Political crisis News Live: Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, whose rebellion against the party has pushed the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi government to the brink of collapse, said a “national party” has termed their revolt as “historic” and assured to provide all help to them.

A video of Shinde addressing the group of rebel Sena legislators at a Guwahati hotel was released by his office here. The video also showed the legislators unanimously authorising Shinde to take further decision on their behalf as their group leader.

In the video, Shinde is seen saying, “Our worries and happiness are the same. We are united and victory will be ours. There is a national party, a ‘mahashakti’…you know they vanquished Pakistan. That party has said that we have taken a historic decision and assured to provide all help.”

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“Thackeray government will win trust vote in Assembly”

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra will be decided on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition will prove its majority in a trust vote.

Sena’s Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad units pledge loyalty to Thackeray

Even as uncertainty looms large over the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government following the rebellion led by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, the Pune unit of the Sena on Thursday expressed solidarity with party president Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the chief minister of the state. In the recently dissolved Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), there were 10 corporators belonging to the Shiv Sena, and if the party leaders are to be believed, all the former corporators, party leaders and office-bearers have pledged their support to CM Thackeray amid the ongoing political crisis.

Amid prophecies of end-game for Shiv Sena, MVA stands united

As the Shiv Sena grappled with a potentially “life-threatening” rebellion in its ranks for the third day on Thursday, its Maha Vikas Aghadi allies – the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress – threw their full weight behind embattled Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Late on Wednesday, Thackeray offered to quit as CM and as Sena President, and on Thursday, party MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut even said the party is ready to “leave the MVA”, with a rider that “all rebels must reach Mumbai in 24 hours and put their viewpoint before the leadership”.

“Thackeray government’s fate will be decided in Assembly”

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra will be decided on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition will prove its majority in a trust vote. Addressing a press conference amid the turmoil caused by the rebellion by Sena minister Eknath Shinde and several Sena MLAs, Pawar also asserted that the BJP has played a role in the crisis that has befallen the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. “The fate of the MVA government will be decided in the Assembly, not in Guwahati (where the rebels are camping).

70 rooms booked at Guwahati Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu luxury hotel, located on National Highway 37 on the outskirts of Assam’s main city has become the centre of attention ever since rebel Siv Sena leader Eknath Shinde camped there along with 40-odd MLAs, posing an existential threat to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. According to IANS sources, a total of 70 rooms have been booked for Rs 56 lakh at the luxury hotel

Six MLAs, Thackeray’s emissary to rebels fly to Guwahati

Amid political turmoil in Maharashtra following a revolt by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, six MLAs and an MLC from the neighbouring state arrived in Gujarat’s Surat city on Thursday and were later flown to Guwahati in Assam, where party rebels are camping, in two chartered flights, sources said.

Meghalaya CM stops over at Guwahati hotel where Sena MLAs are staying

Speculation is rife over the sudden stopover of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma here at a hotel where Maharahstra’s rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and some independent legislators are camping. Even though Sangma clarified that his visit to Guwahati’s Radisson Blu hotel was for having lunch as it is located along the way to the city’s Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport from Shillong, the timing of his visit raised eyebrows.

Pawar says Shinde and rebels will have to be at Vidhan Bhawan

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar says Shiv Sena rebels led by Eknath Shinde will have to present themselves in Vidhan Bhawan premises in Mumbai

Eknath Shinde says ‘national party’ has assured all help

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, whose rebellion against the party has pushed the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to the brink of collapse, said a “national party” has termed their revolt as “historic” and assured to provide all help to them. A video of Shinde addressing the group of rebel Sena legislators at a Guwahati hotel was released by his office here. The video also showed the legislators unanimously authorising Shinde to take further decision on their behalf as their group leader.

Ajit Pawar says no BJP role in Maharashtra political drama

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Ajit Pawar, when asked if the opposition BJP had a role to play in the ongoing political crisis in the state, said, “So far, no top BJP leader has been seen in the forefront.”

“BJP trying to destabilise MVA with eye on presidential polls”

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday accused the BJP and the Centre of attempting to destabilise the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra to form its own government and get the numbers for the upcoming the presidential election. The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said the BJP has been making similar attempts in the past to topple non-Congress governments across the country and one has seen this happen in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Manipur in the past.

Rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLAs choose Eknath Shinde their leader

Mamata Banerjee says send Maharashtra MLAs to Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the BJP, accusing the party of attempting to topple the Maha Vikas Aghadi government and said that instead of sending Maharashtra MLAs to flood-hit Assam, they should be sent to her state. The Trinamool supremo said, “Send Maharashtra MLAs to Bengal. We will extend good hospitality to them.”

I see Sanjay Raut’s view on withdrawing from MVA if Sena MLAs want it as his view. I don’t know why he has said that but we will speak to Uddhav Thackeray and ask him whether he feels the same way about it. He might have also said that because he wanted the MLAs to come back

– Ajit Pawar after party meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.

Security increased at Shiv Sena HQ, Matoshree

Amid ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra caused by a rebellion in the Shiv Sena, Mumbai police on Thursday beefed up security at the party headquarters Shiv Sena Bhavan and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence `Matoshree’ here. City police commissioner Sanjay Pandey met CM Thackeray at Matoshree to discuss the law and order situation, said an official.

“Sena open to consider leaving MVA if rebels return”

The Shiv Sena is open to consider quitting Maharashtra’s ruling MVA alliance if the rebel MLAs camping in Assam return to Mumbai within 24 hours and discuss their grievances with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, party MP Sanjay Raut said on Thursday, indicating a big shift in stand that surprised ally Congress, while the NCP said it wants the coalition government to complete its term.

The Presidential poll is round the corner. The BJP has approximately 1,00,00 less votes. So, they have chosen this time to topple the Maharashtra government in an unethical manner and using money power; they are bulldozing the opposition everywhere especially when there are protests against their undemocratic gesture. In Tripura they are not allowing the people to vote freely. In West Bengal, they are hounding us by letting loose the central agencies, the CBI, the ED and National Human Rights Commission

– West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee

TMC protests outside Guwahati hotel where rebel Sena MLAs are staying

The opposition Trinamool Congress in Assam on Thursday held a massive protest outside the luxury hotel in Guwahati where dissident Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra are camping. TMC state president Ripun Bora said when Assam is reeling under one of the worst floods ever, the BJP is engaged in “horse-trading” and trying to topple a democratically elected government.

Two MLAs back at hotel

The two rebel MLAs who were seen leaving the Radisson Blu in Guwahati less than a couple of hours back are now back at the hotel

We’re with CM Uddhav Thackeray: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal

  • We’re in Sharad Pawar-led MVA & are with CM Uddhav Thackeray…if at all we aren’t in power, we know how to fight while being in opposition: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal
  • If some people want to go out, then they’ll somehow find reason to do that…even in govts run by single party there can be internal tussles, here there are 3 different parties, there could be differences,that doesn’t mean govt should be destabilised: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal

Two more MLAs going to Guwahati

Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse and MLA Sanjay Rathod are en route to Guwahati

BJP trying to topple Maharashtra govt in unethical manner: Mamata

  • BJP trying to topple Maharashtra govt in unethical manner: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
  • Send Maharashtra MLAs to Bengal, we will extend good hospitality to them: Mamata to BJP
  • Amid floods in Assam, why are Maharashtra MLAs being sent to that state to disturb affected people: Mamata

BJP blind to pain of flood-affected Northeast: Congress

  • The Congress accused the BJP of being “blind to the pain” of the people of the Northeast suffering from floods
  • The Congress in Assam said that instead of focussing on relief measures, the party is trying to destabilise the government in Maharashtra.
  • More than 54.5 lakh people are still affected and 12 fresh deaths reported in the the floods in Assam.

NCP meeting on current political crisis in Maha

NCP leader Praful Patel arrives at YB Chavan Centre for a meeting of party MLAs over the ongoing political developments in Maharashtra. Party chief Sharad Pawar will also attend the meeting.

Two rebel MLAs leave Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati

Two Maharashtra MLAs of the rebel Eknath Shinde camp – Deepak Vasant Kesarkar and Ashish Jaiswal – leave Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati; 40 MLAs still in the hotel, reports NDTV

We’re with them (Shiv Sena) to stop BJP from coming to power: Cong’s Nana Patole

We’re with them (Shiv Sena) to stop BJP from coming to power. This game is happening due to ED…Congress is ready for Floor test. We’re with MVA & will remain. If they (Shiv Sena)want to form an alliance with anyone, we don’t have a problem: Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole

Congress calls meet after Raut said of mulling exiting MVA

  • Congress calls meeting of its leaders at Sahyadri guest house at 4pm, today, after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said of mulling exiting MVA, if all party MLAs want that. Senior Congress leaders including HK Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Nana Patole and Ashok Chavan to attend meeting

Response to Raut from Shinde camp

” First leave the MVA and only then we will have discussions,” is the message from the Shinde camp

Sena is ready to go out of MVA, show the courage to come back first: Raut

  • You are talking about Hindutva and you have views about MVA… Shiv sena is ready to go out of MVA, show the courage to come back first.
  • I am speaking with responsibility. If all the MLAs feel that we should fall out of MVA then officially they should tell it to Uddhav Thackeray

Those who spoke of Hindutva, if all these MLas feel that they need that we need to get out of this MVA alliance, then they should first come to Mumbai and meet Uddhav Thackeray and their demand would certainly be considered. But first you need to come here, don’t send messages on Whatsapp and twitter. Come back in 24 hours.

– Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader

Uddhav Thackeray changes mind, decides to dig in?

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has indicated to the media that Uddhav Thackeray has changed his mind about resigning and is not prepared to go down without a fight. “The day they land in Mumbai they will join us,” is what Raut said of some of the rebels. Thackeray, who had yesterday offered to quit asCM, called a meeting of Mantralaya bureaucrats today. It was speculated it was a farewell meeting, but it was postponed.

The day they land in Mumbai, they will join us: Raut

“Let them (Shinde camp) send as many videos and photos, we are in touch with 21 MLAs who are now with Shinde. And the day they land in Mumbai, they will join us”: Sanjay Raut told the media outside Matoshree.

Eknath Shinde still two short

The Eknath Shinde camp has released a video, in which 42 rebel MLAs can be counted. Out of this there are 35 are Shiv Sena MLAs, rest of them are Independents or from smaller parties. Shinde is still two short of 2 MLAs needed for two-thirds to prevent disqualification

What the open letter by the Sena rebel camp said

  • The open letter written by rebel MLA Sanjay Shirsat says Eknath Shinde took the step of going against the party leadership at the insistence of Sena MLAs.
  • It said these Sena MLAs felt humiliated for the last two-and-half years.
  • That the coterie around CM Thackeray never allowed them access to ‘Varsha’, the CM’s official residence.
  • That there was no question of going to the state secretariat, because the chief minister never came there
  • The letter was posted by Shinde on his Twitter handle, claiming these were the sentiments of the Sena MLAs.
  • Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat repesents Aurangabad (West) Assembly constituency. The letter is dated June 22.

Numbers further dwindle

Uddhav Thackeray called a meeting of party MLAs at Matoshree, a short while ago. Only 13 MLAs attended the meeting.

Uddhav Thackeray calls a meeting of party MLA’s at Matoshree – only 13 MLAs present.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes a dig at Maha crisis

Dummy cars and a govt on dialysis do not last long, says Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Maharashtra political crisis

CM Thackeray’s meet with bureaucrats postponed

CM Thackeray was scheduled to address an online meeting of all top Mantralaya bureaucrats at 12.3 noon. The speculation was that this was to express his gratitude for their cooperation and contribution during his 30-month tenure. That meeting has been postponed.

Don’t want Uddhav Thackeray to quit, says should ally with BJP, says rebel Deepak Kesarkar

  • We want CM to break away from Congress and NCP, says Deepak Kesarkar on NDTV
  • Didn’t want CM to quit, want him to break alliance, says Kesarkar
  • Kesarkar says most Shiv Sena MLAs are with Eknath Shinde

Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs to hold meeting at 1.45 pm

BJP supporters put up a poster in support of Fadnavis as CM

BJP puts up a poster, which reads “Goddess Mauli, may your blessings continue to be upon us and Devendra ji come to offer prayers to you in Pandharpur, after becoming the CM.”

Rebel MLA articulates complaints in open letter

  • The letter tweeted by Ekanth Shinde is written by Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat
  • CM’s speech didn’t answer my questions, says the letter
  • MLA complains that they were not allowed to meet CM, they have to wait for hours at the gates to meet the CM
  • MLAs didn’t get funds for development work in their constituencies, while NCP & Congress MLAs got funds easily
  • Probably hinting at Sanjay Raut, the letter said non-elected members didn’t allow us to get access to CM
  • When Hindutva and Ram Mandir are crucial issues for the party, then why did the party stop us from visiting Ayodhya. MLAs were called & were stopped from going to Ayodhya during Aaditya Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya

Shinde tweets open letter

Shinde tweets open letter

Shinde writes an open letter, says happy to see doors of Varsha open for common men

  • Happy to see the doors of Varsha being opened for common citizens. The doors were shut for 2.5 years for Shiv Sena MLAs: Shinde said.
  • He questions several decision of Uddhav Thackeray

Poster of Shiv Sen MLA Sada Sarvankar smeared with ink, word ‘traitor’

Poster of Shiv Sen MLA Sada Sarvankar, who is currently camping in Guwahati with rebel party leader Eknath Shinde, smeared with ink, word ‘traitor’ written on the poster in his constituency in the city

Poster of Shiv Sen MLA Sada Sarvankar smeared with ink, word 'traitor'

Nitin Deshmukh (who alleged abduction attempts) to hold a press conference: Raut

CM won’t hold any meeting today, some MLAs are going to Varsha Bungalow for official work. Nitin Deshmukh (who returned to Nagpur from Surat yesterday and alleged abduction attempts) will hold a press conference: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Assam Minister Ashok Singhal meets rebel MLAs in Guwahati

Assam Minister Ashok Singhal arrives at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati where rebel Maharashtra MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, are staying.

TMC workers protest outside Guwahati hotel

  • Big Trinamool Congress protest outside Guwahati hotel where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs are staying
  • Party’s state president Rioun Bora is leading the protest here.
  • A worker says, “Around 20 Lakh people in Assam are suffering due to the flood. But CM is busy toppling Maharashtra Govt”

Game over for Thackeray?

  • Except Mumbai MLAs almost all are going to Guwahati
  • Deepak kesarkar who was in Uddhav camp has landed in Guwahati

20 MLAs are in touch with us. When floor test happens everyone will see: Raut

  • I won’t talk about any camp, I will talk about my party. Our party is strong even to this day…About 20 MLAs are in touch with us…when they come to Mumbai, you will get to know…will soon be revealed, in what circumstances, pressure these MLAs left us: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
  • He who leaves the party under ED pressure is not a true Balasaheb Bhakt. We’re true Balasaheb Bhakts…even we’ve ED pressure but will continue to stand with Uddhav Thackeray…When floor test happens everyone will see who’s positive and who is negative: Raut said.

NCP meeting underway at Sharad Pawar’s residence

A meeting is underway between NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, ministers Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad & party leader Sunil Tatkare.

The three rebel MLAs who reached today morning

  • MLAs Deepak Kesakar (Sawantwadi), Mangesh Kudalkar (Chembur) and Sada Sarvankar (Dadar) were the rebels who reached the Guwahati hotel today morning.
  • They took a morning flight from Mumbai to Guwahati, a close associate of Shinde said.
  • On Wednesday evening, four MLAs, including Maharashtra minister Gulabrao Patil, reached Guwahati.

BJP offers Eknath Shinde Deputy CM post, key Cabinet berths

BJP has offered rebel Shiv Sena 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 dissenters bring about a change in the Maharashtra government, Hindustan Times quotes a senior party leader aware of the discussions.

BJP has gone blind. PM should visit flood state Assam, but he’s busy toppling govt: Gaurav Gogoi

For Eknath Shinde, the magic number is 37

Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs in the Maharashtra Assembly. To escape disqualification under the anti-defection law, the group led by Eknath Shinde would need a strngth of at least 37 – two-thirds of the total – Yesterday, the letter to the governor had the signature of 34 MLAs, but our reports said four did not belong to the Sena. And that one of them was back in the Uddhav camp. Since then, reports suggest hat 7 more Sena MLAs have reached Guwahati. Which means the number is now 36.

Show-of-strength late last night

Hours after his emotional speech, Uddhav Thackeray moved out of ‘Varsha’, his official residence, for Matoshri, the private bungalow of the Thackeray family. Neelam Gorhe and Chandrakant Khaire were among party leaders present at ‘Varsha’ when Thackeray was leaving the official residence, reported PTI. Party workers raised slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official house along with his family members — wife Rashmi Thackeray, sons Aaditya, who is a Cabinet minister, and Tejas Thackeray at around 9.50 pm. He reached outside Matoshri at around 10.30 pm. However, it took another 40 minutes for the CM to cover a short distance from outside Matoshri to his residence as party workers had crowded the road. Hundreds of Shiv Sainiks stationed themselves from Malabar Hill, where Varsha is located, to Matoshri in Bandra. Carrying placards and party flags, workers raised slogans supporting him, some of them fought back tears. Thackeray stepped out of his car at Worli, and again near Matoshri, and waved at party workers.

Show-of-strength late last night

Won’t form new outfit, rebel MLAs tell Eknath Shinde

The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who joined the Eknath Shinde camp in Guwahati have told him that they will neither quit the party nor form a separate outfit, TOI reports. Shinde reportedly assured them that they would not have to leave the party and that they would eventually convince Uddhav Thackeray.

More rebels reach Guwahati hotel

Three more rebel Shiv Sena MLAs reach the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati where Eknath Shinde is staying, reports ANI

More rebels reach Guwahati hotel

BJP, officially, says its has no hand in MVA crisis

The BJP has been officially maintaining that it has no hand in the crisis in the Maha Vikas Aghadi. The party said none of the rebels had approached them so far with any proposal for forming the next government. Even after CM Uddhav Thackeray’s emotional speech yesterday night, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil was quoted as saying his party had nothing to do what was transpiring. It’s a different thing that TV footage reportedly showed opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis’s associates Sanjay Kute and Mohit Kambhoj accompanying the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. And that the rebel MLAs were lodged in BJP-ruled states.

Two Shiv Sena MLAs recount ‘escape’ from rebel camp

Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who had accompanied party rebel Eknath Shinde to Surat, yestersay claimed that some people had forcibly admitted him to a hospital there. Kailas Patil, another party MLA representing Osmanabad, said he escaped from a car carrying legislators to Surat, walked kilometers, hitched a ride on a two-wheeler and truck before he was finally sent a vehicle to ferry him to ‘Varsha’, the chief minister’s official residence.

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