Maharashtra Political Crisis: MVA troubles deepen as Eknath Shinde claims support from 50 MLAs

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance are in deeper trouble due to the revolt by disgruntled Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who now enjoys the support of around 50 MLAs.

Maharashtra Political Crisis: MVA troubles deepen as Eknath Shinde claims support from 50 MLAs
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Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has claimed that around 50 MLAs are supporting his bid to dislodge Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance. (Image Credit: ANI)

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who has triggered the Maharashtra political crisis with his revolt against CM Uddhav Thackeray and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, claimed on Friday that he has the support of more than 50 MLAs.

Eknath Shinde, who is camping in BJP-ruled Assam along with the other rebel MLAs from Maharashtra has claimed that 40 of them are from the Shiv Sena.

"Those who have faith in our role will join us. We want to carry forward Balasaheb's ideology. Those who like it, they will come with us. We have not left Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena," Eknath Shinde said.

Eknath Shinde also said that the Shiv Sena's move to file a disqualification notice against him and his group of MLAs is "illegal".

"What was done yesterday is illegal, they have no right. We are the majority in Maharashtra now and numbers are important in a democracy. It is illegal, they cannot do this kind of suspension," Eknath Shinde said.

A senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity that some more MLAs are reaching Guwahati, where Shinde and other rebel MLAs have been camping since Wednesday morning. Eknath Shinde has released videos and photos claiming the support of over 40 MLAs, posing a potential threat to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra.

More than 45 MLAs with Eknath Shinde in Guwahati

At present, there are more than 45 MLAs with Eknath Shinde in Guwahati. These include 37 MLAs from the Shiv Sena, 1 MLC, 5 independents and 2 MLAs from the Prahar Sangathan.

Another 2 independent MLAs reached Guwahati during the night, after which the total number of MLAs with Eknath Shinde has gone up to 47 (46 MLA + 1 MLC). On Friday, 2-3 more Shiv Sena MLAs are expected to reach Guwahati via Surat.

The Shiv Sena had 55 MLAs in Maharashtra prior to the current political crisis. However, only 13 Shiv Sena MLAs attended Uddhav Thackeray's party meeting on Thursday.

Sanjay Raut alleges threat to NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleged on Friday that NCP chief and Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leader Sharad Pawar has been threatened by a Union minister.

"He is Maharashtra's son. They are threatening him. Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, are you listening? Your minister is threatening Sharad Pawar. Do you support such threats? Maharashtra wants to know," Sanjay Raut said.

Sanjay Raut had earlier taken to social media platform to make the explosive claim.

"A Union Minister threatened that if Sharad Pawar tries to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi, he will not be allowed to go home, he will be stopped on the road. Whether the government stays or goes, such language for Sharad Pawar is unacceptable," the Shiv Sena MP tweeted.

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