Maharashtra Political Turmoil: Shiv Sena MLAs continue joining the Shinde camp, and increasing the count of ‘rebel sena’
Trouble for the MVA government seems to be far from over with rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde claiming to garner the support of 46 MLAs, including Independent MLAs, crossing the number of MLAs required to buck the anti-defection law. Meanwhile, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have extended their support to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Stay with India Today for all the LIVE updates on the Maharashtra political crisis.
Three more Shiv Sena MLAs are set to join Eknath Shinde’s rebel camp tomorrow. With this, the ‘rebel Sena’ number has risen to 49 with 40 Shiv Sena MLAs and 9 independent MLAs.
Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde wrote to the Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly regarding the reaffirmation of his appointment as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party. He also requested the appointment of Bharatshet Gogawale as the chief whip of the party. The letter was signed by 37 Shiv Sena MLAs.
Minutes after the Shiv Sena demanded the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs, Eknath Shinde took to Twitter and wrote, “You can’t scare us by applying for action against 12 MLAs.”
He also wrote, “Because we are the real Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainik of the venerable Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray.”
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