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MVA crisis: We will fight revolt collectively, Sharad Pawar tells ministers
The Indian Express | 1 hour ago
The Indian Express
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With the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra facing a political crisis following a rebellion in the Shiv Sena ranks, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Sunday convened a meeting of all three coalition partners at his Silver Oak residence in Mumbai and reassured senior leaders that they could collectively weather the storm.“Pawar stressed on collective efforts to fight the political battle against the rebel Eknath Shinde group,” a Congress minister, requesting anonymity, said.With the Shiv Sena likely to get embroiled in legal and legislative challenges as the Shinde-led rebel faction digs its heels in, Pawar reportedly also assured his allies that whatever was required to legally contest (the rebel camp’s claims), would be done.Senior Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena minister Anil Parab and senior Sena leader Anil Desai were present at the meeting. Later, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and home minister Dilip Walse Patil also met Pawar.Sharad Pawar reportedly also told the ministers to return to work at Mantralaya. With political uncertainty, ministers have stayed away from their offices, adopting a wait and watch attitude. Sensing that the administration has come to a halt, Pawar reportedly “urged all ministers across Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena to get back to work”.Congress ministers at the meeting brought up the issue of farmers in the state. With the onset of monsoon, farmers are preparing to start sowing seeds. An effective administration at this crucial time is a must, they pointed out.Another concern was farmers’ unrest following a price rise in fertilizers and quality seeds. Congress ministers also raised the issue of farmers failing to access fresh crop loans from various financial institutions. Though kharif sowing should end by July 15, till date, less than 20 per cent sowing has been completed, they pointed out. Moreover, agriculture minister Dadaji Bhuse, who is part of the Shinde-led rebel camp, is himself in Guwahati.Meanwhile, on Saturday, Shinde was appointed as leader by his faction and given rights to take any decision on behalf of the rebels, who are currently staying at a Guwahati hotel. Apart from Shinde and Bhuse, other rebel ministers at Guwahati include Gulabrao Patil, Shambhu Desai, Sandipan Bhumre and Abdul Sattar.The Shinde faction, which has claimed support from 38 Sena MLAs out of total 55, is all set to take its battle to the Supreme Court. The rebel MLAs are planning to challenge the disqualification notices served on 16 MLAs by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal. “The disqualification is applicable had they violated the whip on the floor of the House. Not attending a meeting convened by Uddhav Thackeray outside Vidhan Bhawan cannot justify disqualification,” the camp has argued, pointing out that though it is mandatory to give members seven days’ notice to explain their side, they have been given just two days to do so.The rebels have also questioned the rights of the deputy speaker to initiate action against them at a time when a no-confidence resolution seeking Zirwal’s removal is pending before the state legislative assembly.

MVA crisis: We will fight revolt collectively, Sharad Pawar tells ministers
  • Eknath Shinde as CM? Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Mull Options to Pacify Rebel Leader As MVA Battles Crisis
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    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut when asked about speculations that Uddhav Thackeray will resign as CM: I’m going to Varsha Bungalow. I’ll meet CM but whatever has to be done will be decided by Maha Vikas Aghadi together. Unless the MLAs are back in Mumbai, no decision will be made. Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde: Right now we have 46 MLAs with us, including 6-7 Independent MLAs. Rest of them are Shiv Sena MLAs. This number will rise in the time to come. As of now we have neither received any proposal from BJP nor are we holding any talks with them.Maharashtra Cabinet Meeting: Only the Cabinet agenda was discussed, and no discussion on the present political situation took place: State Cabinet minister Aslam ShaikhMaharashtra | Cabinet ministers & senior leaders of the MVA govt come out after attending the Cabinet meeting in Mantralaya, MumbaiOnly the Cabinet agenda was discussed, and no discussion on the present political situation took place: State Cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh pic.twitter.com/r7gNsGuKLH— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022Maharashtra Congress observer Kamal Nath: Congress and NCP will extend full support to MVA government. I also had a word with Sharad Pawar Ji who told me that NCP will continue supporting MVA…no other intent. I’m sure Shiv Sena rebels will not taint the state of Shivaji Maharaj.Sanjay Raut: When such a situation forms in any state, Vidhan Sabha is dissolved. Attempts being made to kidnap MLAs and take them outside. You would’ve heard MLA Nitin Deshmukh, how was he thrashed, wrongfully hospitalized, teated and injected. He says it was an attempt to murder him.Maharashtra Political Crisis LIVE: State cabinet meeting concludes, NCP Ministers leave from the venue.Total 8 Shiv Sena have not turned up for the state Cabinet meeting1) Eknath Shinde2) Gulabrao Patil3) Dada Bhuse4) Sandipan Bhumre5) Abdul Sattar (MoS)6) Shambhuraj Desai (MoS)7) Bacchu Kadu (MoS ins support of Shiv Sena)8) Rajendra Yedravkar (MoS in support of Sena)Congress leader Kamal Nath: I have talked to CM Uddhav Thackeray and he said that as of now there’s no proposal to dissolve the Maharashtra Assembly.Maharashtra Political Crisis LIVE: State cabinet meeting begins. CM Uddhav Thackeray joins via video conferencing: CMO“Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has tested positive for covid19,” says Congress Observer for the state, Kamal Nath.#WATCH | Mumbai: "Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has tested positive for #COVID19," says Congress Observer for the state, Kamal Nath. pic.twitter.com/wl22yJkXXt— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022

Maharashtra crisis: Quit as Shiv Sena MLAs and face fresh elections, Sanjay Raut dares party rebels
Times of India | 2 hours ago
Times of India
2 hours ago

MUMBAI: Amid the ongoing tussle for the control of the Shiv Sena between party president Uddhav Thackeray and dissident Eknath Shinde, party leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday dared the rebels to quit as MLAs and face fresh elections, but also said the doors of the party were open for those who wish to return. He expressed confidence that the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) comprising the Sena, NCP and Congress will survive the current crisis. Majority of Shiv Sena MLAs have sided with Shinde and are currently camping in Guwahati, plunging the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Sena, into a crisis. "My open challenge to the rebels is to resign and seek a fresh mandate from their electorate. In the past, Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and their supporters had resigned as Sena MLAs to join other parties. Even (Union minister) Jyotiraditya Scindia supporters in Madhya Pradesh had resigned as Congress MLAs (in March 2020)," Raut told reporters here. The Sena rank and file are already on the ground waiting for a signal from the leadership, he said, hinting that the party was ready to take on the rebels. Raut scoffed at Shinde's tweet last night, in which he urged the Sena workers to have faith in him and that he was trying to save the party from the "python clutches" of MVA allies. "Don't know if these people are drugged. They have been in power for two-and-a-half years getting the creamest portfolios as ministers," Raut said. In a veiled warning, Raut said there can be a rebellion within the group of rebels as well. "Once they come back to Mumbai, they will know where exactly the rebellion is. We are against using the name of Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray by their group". Expressing confidence that the MVA will survive the crisis, Raut said, "The rebels claim to have the support of majority of MLAs. So why are they still in Guwahati? Come to Mumbai. I will myself go the airport to welcome them." "I won't be surprised if the rebels attack each other in the Guwahati hotel as they have been forcibly kept there," he claimed. He said the party doors are open for those who wish to come back. "I am in touch with many of them. Let's see if BJP makes Shinde a CM," he said. Referring to the reports of Shinde's secret meetings with BJP leaders, he further said," If you have guts, use your own father's name to get votes or your fathers in Vadodara, Surat, Delhi." He lashed out to at the BJP saying they are sponsoring the rebels when Assam is braving floods causing loss of lives and property. The hotel where the rebels are staying has 340 rooms. It is a 18-storey building and three floors have been booked for the rebels, he said. "I have been sending e-mails to the hotel asking for 40 rooms. I sent an e-mail to Assam chief minister as well who invited Uddhav Thackeray to Assam as a tourist. I wrote to him that we have to hold a programme to boost tourism in Maharashtra and Assam. So we need booking in the hotel. But I haven't received a reply yet," the Sena MP quipped. Meanwhile, in his weekly column 'Rokhthok' published in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Sunday, Raut criticised Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, saying that if he was indeed behind the party legislators' rebellion, then has taken a wrong step. "The hunger of these rebels is huge. If Fadnavis plans to come back to power by encouraging them, then that dispensation will not last. Once again Fadnavis has taken a wrong decision. How will these rebels stay with Fadnavis, when they have left their own mother," Raut wrote. Shinde had a good chance of becoming a chief minister had he continued in Shiv Sena. Shinde would have been the chief minister if the BJP hadn't gone back on its word of rotational chief minister post, Raut said, adding, "It is surprising that shinde wants to go to BJP." The executive editor of 'Saamana' also wrote that rebel MLAs Pratap Sarnaik, Yamini Jadhav, Lata Sonawane and others have cases of money laundering and caste validity registered against them. "One of the rebel MLAs said he was free after the ED cases against him were cleared that he would do whatever BJP says," Raut said. Raut wondered why some rebel MLAs first went to Surat before flying to Guwahati, when the first batch had already reached Assam. "This is a case of research. If the rebellion is Shiv Sena's internal matter, why are the rebels kept in tight security at Surat and Guwahati," he asked. Earlier in the day, Raut posted a tweet targeted at the MLAs, in which he said, "How long will you hide in Guwahati, you will have to come to chowpatty," the Sena MP tweeted in Hindi along with a photo of the state Assembly's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal looking into the distance. Key government establishments, including the Mantralaya (state secretariat), Vidhan Bhavan (legislature complex), Raj Bhavan and the chief minister's official bungalow 'Varsha' are located in the vicinity of the Girgaum beach, which is also known the Girgaum chowpatty, in south Mumbai. The Maharashtra legislature secretariat had on Saturday issued 'summons' to 16 of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, including Shinde, seeking written replies by the evening of June 27 to the complaints seeking their disqualification.

Maharashtra crisis: Quit as Shiv Sena MLAs and face fresh elections, Sanjay Raut dares party rebels
  • Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Protests Against Shiv Sena Rebels
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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai.Mumbai: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.On Saturday, Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said Shiv Sena workers should understand that he was fighting to save the party from the clutches of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).Mr Shinde's appeal came after Sena workers loyal to party president and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray staged protests against the rebel MLAs led by him by defacing their banners, hurling stones in some places and vandalising the office of an MLA in Pune.Here are the LIVE updates on the Maharashtra Crisis:Get NDTV UpdatesTurn on notifications to receive alerts as this story develops.Jun 26, 2022 15:28 (IST) Shiv Sena's doors are open for those who want to leave and those who want to return to the party. Those rebel MLAs who are traitors will not be taken back into the party, says Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray: news agency ANIJun 26, 2022 15:25 (IST)Maharashtra crisis: Shiv Sena workers stage protest in JammuA group of Shiv Sena activists on Sunday staged a protest here against the prevailing political crisis in Maharashtra and demanded a high-level probe against the BJP for its alleged role in "horse-trading" to pull down Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government.The shiv sainiks staged the protest outside party headquarters at Channi on the outskirts of the city and also burnt an effigy of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde who, along with other party MLAs and independents, is currently camping at a hotel in BJP-ruled Assam."We cannot imagine Shiv Sena without the Thackeray family and those who have rebelled against the leadership are traitors who are working at the behest of a national party which is desperate to come to power in Maharashtra," J-K Shiv Sena president Manish Sahni told reporters.Jun 26, 2022 14:59 (IST)Shiv Sena workers hold a protest against rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde as well as other rebel MLAs in Nagpur.#MaharashtraCrisis | Shiv Sena workers hold a protest against rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde as well as other rebel MLAs in Nagpur.(ANI) pic.twitter.com/IdqiH9dBic- NDTV (@ndtv) June 26, 2022Jun 26, 2022 14:29 (IST)#MaharashtraPolitcalCrisis | "There are floods in the state (Assam) but money is being spent just for their (rebel MLAs) stay": Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray pic.twitter.com/b9oyFI72S9- NDTV (@ndtv) June 26, 2022Jun 26, 2022 14:07 (IST)Eknath Shinde's supporters blacken posters of Uddhav Thackeray in ThaneAmid rising political turmoil in Maharashtra, supporters of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde blackened posters of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Thane on Sunday.On the other hand, Shiv Sena workers held 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in Pune, Maharashtra.Jun 26, 2022 13:39 (IST)Shiv Sena workers protest against party rebels; say 'traitors' won't be forgivenAmid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.Jun 26, 2022 13:21 (IST) Meeting of Eknath Shinde faction begins in a Guwahati hotel to discuss further strategies and legal aspects. Another important meeting could be held later todayJun 26, 2022 12:27 (IST)Centre grants Y-plus CRPF cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAsThe Centre on Sunday extended Y-plus security cover of CRPF commandos to at least 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, officials said.Those who were provided the security cover include Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve and 10 others.Their families living in Maharashtra too will be secured as the security blanket entails house protection teams, they said.Jun 26, 2022 12:25 (IST)20 Rebel MLAs In Touch With Uddhav Thackeray: SourcesAt least 20 MLAs camping with rebel leader Eknath Shinde are reportedly in touch with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, sources have told NDTV. NDTV has also learnt that some of the rebels are against with the group merging with the BJP.Jun 26, 2022 12:00 (IST) Shiv Sena workers hold bike rally to protest against the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs outside the Saamana office in MumbaiJun 26, 2022 11:42 (IST)If You Have The Guts...: Aaditya Thackeray's Open Challenge To Rebels Amid Maharashtra CrisisMaharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray has dared the Shiv Sena rebels, led by minister Eknath Shinde, to quit the party and face elections, amid a worsening political crisis in the state.Jun 26, 2022 11:05 (IST)Eknath Shinde calls meeting of rebel Sena MLAs today in GuwahatiAmid the political crisis in Maharashtra, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has called a meeting of MLAs camping with him at a hotel in Assam's Guwahati on Sunday to discuss the strategy ahead.The political turbulence in Maharashtra was triggered by the faction war in Shiv Sena after Minister Eknath Shinde flew to Surat with some MLAs and then to Guwahati where he claims of having the support of 38 MLAs of the 55 Shiv Sena legislators, which is more than two-thirds of the party's strength in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. It means that they can either leave and form another political party or merge with another without being disqualified from the state assembly.Jun 26, 2022 10:10 (IST)Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been discharged from the hospital after recovery from Covid-19. officials said todayJun 26, 2022 09:36 (IST)Maharashtra Crisis: How Long Will You Hide?: Sena's Sanjay Raut Sends A Message With Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal's PicSanjay Raut, the chief spokesperson of Shiv Sena, which is battling a rebellion led by senior leader Eknath Shinde, today took a swipe at the rebel leaders camping in BJP-ruled Assam.Jun 26, 2022 09:33 (IST)Team Thackeray's Dare After Rebel Eknath Shinde's Late Night MeetingShiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde met BJP's Devendra Fadnavis in Gujarat last night to discuss possible government formation in Maharashtra, sources have said. Team Thackeray, meanwhile, said it will "not forget the betrayal" done by the rebels.

  • Maharashtra crisis: Disqualification notices served to 16 Sena rebels
  • The Economic Times

    Maharashtra deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal issued disqualification notices to 16 rebel Shiv Sena members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) holed up in Guwahati, including their leader and minister Eknath Shinde, for not obeying the party whip. The division within the Shiv Sena has put in doubt the survival of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition headed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The turmoil sparked further violence in the state with Shiv Sena workers attacking properties associated with the rebels. As a precautionary measure, police in Mumbai imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) until July 10."Following the disqualification request made with the deputy speaker, summons have been issued against you under the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1986," said the notice to the MLAs. "You can file a written reply in your defence, by June 27 till 5:30 pm along with relevant documents that you feel are necessary for reference." The summons was issued by Rajendra Bhagwat, principal secretary, Maharashtra legislature, on behalf of the deputy speaker.The Shinde group has indicated it will challenge in court the deputy speaker's decision to send them notices. Zirwal is said to have rejected the rebels' notice seeking his removal, saying that it did not follow procedure. Legislative assembly officials were not available to confirm this. The rebel MLAs had said that since a motion for removal has been moved against Zirwal, he cannot decide on the disqualification of MLAs. The rebellion became public earlier this week after the rebels were taken to Surat and went on to Guwahati.Chief minister Thackeray said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was seeking to destroy the Shiv Sena at a national executive meeting on Saturday. The party passed six resolutions, which included authorising Thackeray to take action against the rebels. It also said no one would be allowed to use the name of the party or founder Bal Thackeray to form a new group. This came after the rebels decided to name their faction Shiv Sena (Balasaheb)."The executive decided that Shiv Sena belongs to Bal Thackeray and is committed to taking forward his fierce ideology of Hindutva and Marathi pride," party spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said. "It passed a resolution, giving all powers to take action against those who have betrayed the party to Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray." Following the violence, Shinde said the MVA government had withdrawn police security for the families of the rebel MLAs. Mumbai police deployed personnel at the city-based offices of various political parties and leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, and their residences, as a security measure, an official said on Saturday.Deepak Kesarkar, a spokesperson of the rebel group, said it has a two-thirds majority and hence Shinde remains the leader of the Sena legislature group.

  • Maharashtra political crisis: Section 144 imposed in Mumbai, police on high alert
  • The Indian Express

    With the state plunged into a political crisis after a rebellion in the Shiv Sena, the Mumbai police on Saturday imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code banning unlawful assembly in the city and beefed up security at the residences and offices of all ministers, elected representatives and party leaders. The prohibitory order was issued on June 4 and reiterated by the police now in the wake of the political situation in the state.On high alert after a few incidents of violence where Shiv Sena workers attacked the offices of some rebel party MLAs, the Mumbai police said on Saturday that assembly of more than five people anywhere on the streets will not be allowed, with exceptions like weddings, funerals, cinema halls and other social gatherings outside courts, companies and educational institutions. Further, no controversial banners or posters will be allowed to be put up as it could provoke sentiments, leading to law and order issues in Mumbai.The Mumbai Police issued a press note stating that on Friday, Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey held a meeting of top police officials and asked them to beef up security.In a related development, the Nehru Nagar police took local Shiv Sena leader Dilip More and 19 of his Sena workers from Kurla (East) into custody for damaging a board outside the party office of rebel MLA Mangesh Kudalkar on Friday afternoon.

  • Maharashtra Political Crisis: Large Gatherings Banned In Mumbai, Police On High Alert
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    Mumbai: Amid the reports of Shiv Sainiks allegedly ransacking the offices of rebel legislators, Mumbai Police on Saturday imposed section 144 of CrPC in the city.Mumbai Police issued a high alert and directed all police stations to ensure security at all political offices in the city. It has been directed that officer-level Police personnel shall visit every political office to ensure their safety.Shiv Sena workers protested against rebel MLAs of the party and burnt effigies outside the party office in Kharghar.Shiv Sena workers ransacked the office of rebel party MLA Tanaji Sawant in Pune on Saturday. Sawant is one of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs of the Eknath Shinde faction and is currently camping in Guwahati, Assam."Our party workers vandalised Tanaji Sawant's office. All traitors and rebel MLAs who have troubled our chief Uddhav Thackeray will face this type of action. Their office will also be attacked. No one will be spared," said Sanjay More, Shiv Sena Pune city head.Following this, Pune Police issued an alert and directed all police stations to ensure security at offices related to Shiv Sena leaders in the city.Meanwhile, rebel Shiv Sena leader and state cabinet minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the alleged 'malicious' withdrawal of security of family members of the 38 MLAs camping with him in a Guwahati hotel.In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Shinde claimed that the security provided to the MLAs at their residence as well as to their family members as per the protocol has been illegally and unlawfully withdrawn, as an act of revenge.However, Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil refuted Shinde's claim of withdrawal of security."Neither the Chief Minister nor the Home Department has ordered the withdrawal of security of any MLA. The allegations being levelled through Twitter are false and completely baseless. No MLA's security has been withdrawn. Keeping in view the prevailing situation, the Home Department has decided to provide security at the residence of MLAs to keep their families safe," said Mr Patil.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Shinde along with 38 party MLAs and nine independent MLAs are campaigning at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam from June 22.Notably, the Eknath Shinde faction, earlier on Friday, gave notice of a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narhari Jhirwal, after the Uddhav Thackeray faction submitted a plea before the deputy speaker to disqualify the rebel MLAs.

  • Impose President’s Rule in Maharashtra, says MP Navneet Rana; cites Thackeray’s ‘hooliganism’
  • Times of India

    NAGPUR: Amid the rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and incidents being reported of offices of some rebel MLAs being attacked and damaged, Independent Lok Sabha MP from Amravati Navneet Rana on Saturday sough President's Rule in the state. Shinde and a sizable number of MLAs raised the banner of revolt against Thackeray on June 21, with the rebel group's main demand being that the Sena withdraw from the ruling MVA, which comprises the NCP and Congress. In a video message, Rana said, "I want to request (Union) Home minister Amit Shah to secure the families of all the MLAs who have gone to the original Shiv Sena group, which is the one led by Eknath Shinde." "President's Rule must be imposed in Maharashtra so that the hooliganism of Uddhav Thackeray is stopped and people of Maharashtra are protected from it," she said. Rane and her MLA husband Ravi Rana are bitter critics of Thackeray and had, in April, announced that they would recite Hanuman Chalisa in front of Matoshree, the Sena chief's private home in Mumbai's Bandra. The couple was arrested on April 23 and released on bail in early May.

"If You Have The Guts...": Aaditya Thackeray's Open Challenge To Rebels
Ndtv | 8 hours ago
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Aaditya Thackeray had earlier termed the Maharashtra crisis as a battle between truth and lies.Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray has dared the Shiv Sena rebels, led by minister Eknath Shinde, to quit the party and face elections, amid a worsening political crisis in the state.He asked the rebels to "defect and fight", in an open challenge to the MLAs camping in BJP-ruled Assam as the revolt against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray continued for almost a week."If you have guts, leave Shiv Sena - defect and fight. If you think what we have done is wrong, Uddhav (Thackeray) ji's leadership is wrong and we all are wrong, then resign and face elections. We are ready," he said."You see the people standing here - they will not be able to campaign here in Maharashtra," said Mr Thackeray, addressing supporters in Mumbai yesterday.He had earlier termed the crisis as a battle between truth and lies. "We will not forget the betrayal done by rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. We (Shiv Sena) will win for sure," he said.The Maha Vikas Aghadi government is on the brink of collapse with Mr Shinde, a heavyweight from Maharashtra's Thane district, claiming the support of nearly 40 Sena MLAs.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe rebel faction had termed Sena's alliance with Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress "unnatural", and demanded that the party, founded by Balasaheb Thackeray, restore its alliance with the BJP.The Sena has so far sought the disqualification of 16 of its rebel MLAs, including Mr Shinde, and notices have been served to them.

"If You Have The Guts...": Aaditya Thackeray's Open Challenge To Rebels
  • The caste and politics of Sena’s rise and its crisis
  • The Indian Express

    The political situation in Maharashtra is in a state of flux. One of the seniormost Shiv Sena leaders and Thane strongman, Eknath Shinde, has defied the party leadership, exposing the vulnerabilities of Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership. If Shinde is a Sainik in the old mould of aggressive, street politics, the rebel camp accuses Thackeray of being a weak administrator, inaccessible to his party legislators except through go-betweens, unable to stand up to allies NCP and Congress, biased towards his son Aaditya, and defensive over the party’s core stand of Hindutva.How then does one understand this situation?The Shiv Sena has always been an issue-based, reactionary congregation. It adopts issues and works on them till these are used up and moves on to the next. The first instalment of its politics was about the rights of Marathis against Gujaratis and then South Indians. It moved towards Hindu nationalism gradually, thus sustaining its relevance.The Hindutva brand that Uddhav espouses now is, in a sense, that of his grandfather Keshav Thackeray. Hindutva for the Thackeray patriarch meant self-rule and a strike against Brahmin priesthood. Keshav was known for his staunch anti-Brahmin, lower-caste politics, partly owing to the subordination of his caste group in the varna hierarchy, as a group that worked as scribes or pen smiths and accountants. Uddhav too has lately been calling out the Brahmin in the room, by hinting at the damage caused by the RSS’s Brahminism.Keshav’s participation in the Satya Shodak movement with roots in the rural base of the Shudras and Dalits also helped Bal Thackeray at the start by giving him a ready base. The core constituency of the Sena was at the time the poor, migrant, working-class population of western Maharashtra in Mumbai. After the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement, it started making inroads among others.While caste-less politics helped the Sena, it has also been pushed into a corner on the matter. One of its most powerful OBC leaders, Chhagan Bhujbal, left the party over its stand on the Mandal agitation for OBC quota.The Shiv Sena is also known for its organisational capacity. Its network runs from gullies to the heart of the city. However, this does not translate into an ability to govern the state as a mature party. Girish Kuber, the editor of Loksatta, rightly commented in his column forThe Indian Express that the Sena is more a loose, unorganised social body instead of a responsible, statutory political party.The cadres do not see themselves as capable of self-governance; this is after being in power twice. More than social action, they are trained in street-level instant justice, building them popularity at the ground level. However, as the leaders go up, they find politics must move beyond.Then, part of the reason the Shiv Sena was able to spread beyond the Mumbai region was the hope it offered, even if accidentally, to Marathas insecure about the rise of a Dalit rights movement. The firebrand Dalit Panthers is believed to have inspired, in part, the aggressive tactics of the Sena. Even the symbolism of Dalit Panthers was tapped into by the Sena, by choosing tiger as its symbol, against the leaping panther of the Dalit outfit.If the above have been both a boon and a bane, another drawback has been the gradual transformation of the Sena into the kind of party (read the Congress) that once Bal Thackeray bitterly criticised. While he himself rose to the status of a demi-god, somewhat in the mould of the Gandhis, the reins of the party have moved on to first his son and grandson.The rest of the Sena leadership too resembles other parties — most of them are Brahmins, alongside Marathas, with some backward caste names. Though the party has a base in the backward castes of the non-Mumbai region, its leaders are mostly of dominant castes from Mumbai.The difference is more pronounced since Uddhav allowed Aaditya a freer hand as he himself battled several ailments. An important piece of the puzzle is Uddhav’s wife Rashmi. She remains an invisible hand in Thackeray politics.So will Uddhav’s Hindutva inherited from Keshav survive the onslaught of Modi’s Hindutva drawn from Savarkar?Yengde, the author of Caste Matters, curates the fortnightly ‘Dalitality’ column

  • Political turmoil in Shiv Sena a battle between truth and lie; we will win: Aaditya Thackeray
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday said the present turmoil in the party, triggered by senior leader Eknath Shinde's rebellion, is the battle between "truth and lie". Speaking to reporters after attending the Shiv Sena national executive," Aaditya said, "We will win and the truth will prevail. This is a battle between truth and lies." Aaditya, son of Sena president and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, held a meeting with Sena workers from south Mumbai to rally the party cadre. Elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), controlled by Shiv Sena, are expected to be held later this year. The Mumbai civic polls are crucial for the Sena which considers Mumbai as its citadel.

  • Parallel lives: Shinde mentor Anand Dighe, Sena strongman and a thorn in Bal Thackeray’s side
  • The Indian Express

    In the midst of the political turmoil roiling the Shiv Sena and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, a remarkable analogy has been drawn between Sena president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s tense face-off with his challenger Eknath Shinde and party founder Bal Thackeray’s strained ties with Shinde’s mentor Anand Dighe.Just like Uddhav and his son Aaditya Thackeray marginalised Shinde in the Sena and government affairs despite the latter’s unofficial No. 2 position in the party, Bal Thackeray also sought to sideline the Thane Sena strongman Dighe after getting wary of his rising popularity.Dighe, who began his career in the Sena from the grass-roots level, died of heart attack in 2001 at the age of 49 after he met with an accident.Party old-timers point out that like Bal Thackeray Dighe never fought any elections and was mostly engaged in the affairs of the party’s Thane unit. Many locals looked up to him as a “problem-solver” as they used to flock to his “darbar” at Thane’s Tembhi Naka to seek his help with school-college admission for their children, hospitalisation, property disputes, among other things. He often used to summon various rival parties by issuing them chits under the aegis of a body called “Grahak Seva Manch”. A section of people also flayed Dighe’s bid to treat Thane as his “fiefdom” though, questioning his “extra-judicial manner of functioning”.The Thane police did not interfere with Dighe’s activities. In fact, successive police commissioners used to meet him as a “courtesy call” after taking over their charge in the city.Dighe first shot into limelight in the 1980s by claiming that the Haji Malang shrine near Kalyan was dedicated to the Nath-Panthi sect swamis, even as the Muslim community maintained that it was dedicated to Haji Malang baba. Dighe was a Nath-Panthi himself and wore several rings in his fingers.Another agitation that he later kicked off was to claim Hindus’ rights over the Durgadi fort in Kalyan. Dubbed as “Dharmaveer”, he also used to organise the Navratri and Ganesh festivals on a large scale.In 1989, a Thane corporator Shridhar Khopkar was killed due to cross-voting in favour of the Congress in the city mayoral polls. Dighe was later arrested in connection with this murder case under the then draconian Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) and was in jail for a long time.Remembering Dighe, Sena deputy leader Shishir Shinde said, “He used to work till 3 am for the people. I recall that Dighe was injured in a lathi charge at Bhayander and got his leg fractured in the 1980s and Balasaheb Thackeray personally went to see him.’’After taking over as the Sena’s Thane district chief in the mid-80s, Dighe managed to get the Thane parliamentary constituency from the BJP during the seat-sharing negotiations between the two allies.A local corporator, Shinde was one of Dighe’s aides. He was later appointed as Leader of the House in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). Apart from the TMC, Dighe also held influence in the civic bodies in Kalyan Dombivali, Ambernath, Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi Nizampur, Vasai, Virar, NallaSopara, Naigaon, Palghar and Dahanu.This however also put him on a collision course with Thackeray Senior, who apprehended that he was getting too powerful and thus started clipping his wings over various matters. Dighe and Thackeray belonged to the same caste, CKP (Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu), and many Sainiks in Thane saw the former as an alternative to Thackerays.After coming to power in Maharashtra in 1995, the Sena-led government appointed T Chandrashekhar as the TMC commissioner. The civic body then launched a massive demolition exercise to widen the city roads, which was opposed by Dighe. But Thackeray Sr supported Chandrashekhar in his tussle with Dighe on this matter. The selection of candidates for the 1997 TMC polls also witnessed the shrinking of Dighe’s authority.Similarly, Shinde’s relations with Thackerays went sour in recent years. Though he has been the urban development minister, it was the Yuva Sena leader and environment minister, Aaditya Thackeray, who called the shots in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), even though Shinde was its chairman. In the urban development department too, many orders given by Shinde were stayed by the Thackerays.A chain smoker, Dighe met with an accident in Thane district in 2001 and was admitted to the Singhania hospital. He subsequently died due to heart attack in the hospital. After his death, the Sena sliced the party leadership of Thane city and district, carving dual posts for the units. Shinde, however, emerged as the undisputed party leader of the entire district in due course.Recently, a Marathi film on Dighe’s life, titled “Dharmaveer”, was released in theatres, which was funded by Shinde. The film proved to be a hit, with Shinde arranging a show for many people including his cabinet colleagues. He had been so influenced by his mentor that he also tried to adopt his looks and appearance. And, like Dighe Shinde is also known to be a skilled party organiser too.Suhas Godse, a senior president in a leading industrial house who had worked with the Singhania group when Dighe died, said, “Dighe looked after people with a heavy hand and a soft heart. I know for a fact that he did not make money for himself.”

  • "Will Not Forget The Betrayal": Aaditya Thackeray Amid Shiv Sena Revolt
  • Ndtv

    Aaditya Thackeray made the remarks while leaving the Sena bhavan today.New Delhi: The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra is currently caught in a political turmoil after a rebellion by party leader Eknath Shinde. In a brief address to party workers, Sena minister Aaditya Thackeray said that this is a battle between truth and lies."You already know what was discussed in the meeting, the important thing is that we will not forget the betrayal done by rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. We (Shiv Sena) will win for sure," Aaditya Thackeray said while leaving the party office in Mumbai.Mr Shinde, a minister in the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet and a heavyweight from Thane district, has rebelled against the party, pushing the MVA governmemt, in which NCP and Congress also share power, to the brink of collapse.Mr Shinde has claimed the support of nearly 40 MLAs, all of whom are currently in Guwahati in Assam.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Shiv Sena today said it would take action against the rebels by Saturday evening as they seemed headed towards launching a spin-off party named "Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray".

  • Shivraj Chouhan's Dig At Kamal Nath, The Maharashtra Congress Observer
  • Ndtv

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan took a dig at Kamal Nath over MaharashtraBhopal: Taking a dig at Congress leader Kamal Nath, who has been sent as the party's observer in Maharashtra amid the political crisis there, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said it was "amusing" to see someone who "failed to save his own government" in Madhya Pradesh now trying to rescue the Shiv Sena in the neighbouring state.The Congress on Tuesday sent Kamal Nath as the party's observer in Maharashtra after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde rebelled against his party along with a group of party MLAs and independents, pushing the Uddhav Thackery-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, of which Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress are also allies, to the brink of collapse."Now, Kamal Nath is off to Maharashtra. For what? To save the Maharashtra government," Mr Chouhan said in Ujjain while addressing a civic election meeting on Wednesday to gather support for the BJP.Mr Chouhan's remark came at a time when Maharashtra is seeing what appears to be a rerun of the political drama that had unfolded in Madhya Pradesh in March 2020, which led to the collapse of the Congress government and the BJP's return to power."Isn't it amusing to see someone who failed to save his own government in Madhya Pradesh trying to rescue the one in Maharashtra? Congress never stops amazing us," the Chief Minister said, referring to the downfall of the 15-month-old Kamal Nath-led Congress government two years ago."Can this party ever do any good? It cannot as it is counting its last moment," he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comKamal Nath had to step down as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister in 2020 after 22 MLAs, most of them loyal to Jyotiraditya Scidia, resigned from the assembly, reducing the Congress to a minority with 92 MLAs in the 230-member house.It paved the way for the return of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh at the helm after a 15-month rule of the Congress. The Congress rebels, including their leader Mr Scindia, were later inducted into the BJP. They all contested the assembly bypolls and most of them won.

Maharashtra: Will move HC against CM’s call on chief whip post next week, says Dissident Sena MLA
Times of India | 9 hours ago
Times of India
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NASHIK/MUMBAI: Sawantwadi Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is currently in Guwahati, on Saturday told TOI over the phone that the group of legislators supporting Eknath Shinde would move the Bombay high court early next week challenging Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to replace their leader from the party chief whip’s post and appoint a new MLA, reports Ranjan Dasgupta. “We will move court on this issue by Monday or Tuesday. Our group has the backing of the majority of the Sena legilators. We are confident that the court will give its verdict in our favour,” Kesarkar said. Kesarkar added that the rebel group would also make a similar move if the 16 MLAs were disqualified. Earlier during the day, he claimed during a virtual press conferencefrom Guwahati that the dissident Shiv Sena group had a two-thirds majority in the legislature party and would prove its strength in the House but would not merge with any other political party. “Just 16 or 17 people cannot replace the group leader of 55 MLAs and the rebel Sena faction will challenge in the court the order of Maharashtra Assembly's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to replace Shinde as Shiv Sena group leader, he said. “The MLAs had told party president Uddhav Thackeray that we should stay with the party with whom we had contested election...When so many people voice the same opinion, there must be some substance in it,” he said, referring to the Shinde group's initial demand that the Sena should revive its alliance with the BJP and sever ties with Congress and NCP. To a question about whether the Shinde group will withdraw the support to the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra, Kesarkar said, “Why should we withdraw the support? We are the Shiv Sena. We have not hijacked the party, the NCP and Congress have hijacked it.” He also said the Shinde group will prove its majority in the Assembly but “we will not merge with any other political party.” “We have decided to name our group Shiv Sena (Balasaheb) because we believe in his (Bal Thackeray's) ideology,” he added. Asked about the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction's objection to the use of party founder Bal Thackeray's name by other groups, Kesarkar said, “We will consider it.” To a question about when the rebel MLAs would return to Mumbai, he said they will come back “at an appropriate time.” “At present, there is pressure, we don't feel that it is safe to return,” Kesarkar said, referring to incidents of attacks on offices and residences of rebel MLAs in state. The rebel faction had nothing against Uddhav Thackeray, he added. He said the rebel MLAs decided to come together as the Shiv Sena was facing a survival crisis. “We want to save the party. We are not even seeking his (Uddhav Thackeray's) resignation,” he added. Commenting on Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal rejecting a letter (demanding recognition to the rebel group and naming Shinde as the Shiv Sena legislative party leader) signed by the rebel camp, Kesarkar said, “How can he reject our letter but entertain a letter received much later seeking our disqualification. If required we will also approach the governor or go to the court to seek justice.”

Maharashtra: Will move HC against CM’s call on chief whip post next week, says Dissident Sena MLA
Assam TMC open to local alliances with parties aggressively fighting BJP: Ripun Bora
The Indian Express | 23 hours ago
The Indian Express
23 hours ago

Trinamool Congress is open to local alliances in Assam with parties that are aggressively fighting the BJP but “under no circumstance” will it ally with Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, the saffron party’s “B-team”, said state unit chief Ripun Bora on Saturday.Observing that the TMC will support the opposition’s joint candidate in the upcoming presidential election, Bora, however, remained non-committal on whether the Mamata Banerjee-led party will enter into any understanding with the Congress in Assam as the grand old party is “not fighting BJP in the way it should have”.“The TMC will obviously support the opposition candidate in the presidential election. Our central leadership has authorised our state unit to forge alliances at the local level.“However, there will be no alliance with the AIUDF under any circumstance as it is no longer an opposition party, it is the BJP’s B-team,” Bora told PTI on the sidelines of the party’s first state executive meeting here.“TMC wants to join hands with parties fighting BJP aggressively,” he said, without specifying any likely allies in the state.Addressing a press conference at the same venue, Bora said, “We will not have an alliance with any party that has a soft spot for the BJP.” The state unit chief said the TMC will launch a massive membership drive with an aim to bolster its ranks by the end of this year.“We have five lakh members now. We will launch an intensified membership drive once the floodwaters recede,” he said.Bora said the party will continue opposing the camping of dissident Maharashtra MLAs in a luxury hotel here, alleging that it was giving a bad name to the state as a ground for ‘horse trading’.“Our chief minister is emerging as an expert in horse trading, encounters and spreading hatred. It does not augur well for our state,” the former MP said.Among the decisions adopted at the executive meet, which was also attended by Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen, were demands for restoration of ‘special status’ for Assam, a “correct and updated” National Register of Citizens, resolving the issue of “doubtful voters” and regularisation of government jobs.

Assam TMC open to local alliances with parties aggressively fighting BJP: Ripun Bora
Northeast Diary: A ‘Maha’ crisis and flood tourism
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
1 day ago

Assam has been in the grip of a devastating flood and landslides that have claimed more than 100 lives so far. The deluge has affected over three million people who are in dire straits. But it seems there is a “bigger crisis” which has kept the entire nation’s focus fixed on Assam. As many as 38 rebel Shiv Sena leaders are currently camping in Assam’s capital Guwahati and probably hatching a conspiracy to topple the three-party coalition government led by Uddhav Thackeray. The almost week-long political drama involving dozens of Sena legislators has kept the local police and administration busy, at a time when they have more pressing issues to attend to. Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday sought to downplay the issue saying all “tourists” are welcome in Assam. A leading Assamese daily reported the daily food bill of these rebel MLAs, who are lodged at a luxury hotel in the city, is around Rs 8 lakh. A total of 70 rooms of Radisson Blu are being occupied by these ‘tourists’. And all this would surely run into several crores of rupees. The million dollar question is - why Assam, why not any other state? Sarma said he has nothing to do with the politics of Maharashtra. “Some people have come to Assam. They booked hotels. I am happy for that. You also come, it will help Assam's economy. Through this, Assam's tourism is also getting promoted,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. On Friday, Sarma was among the galaxy of BJP leaders who accompanied NDA's presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu while filing her nominations at Parliament complex, in the national capital. Reacting to the claims that Assam government was allegedly ignoring flood relief work and busy hosting the MLAs from Maharashtra, Sarma said he cannot order closure of hotels in Guwahati due to “floods in some parts of the state”. “We have spent so much money to promote tourism, (we say) visit Kamakhya, visit Kaziranga, now, should I stop those who have come to Assam,” he added. But the fact is that the 38 “tourists” from Maharashtra have not stepped out of the hotel since he checked in earlier this week. And the Kaziranga National Park is closed during the rainy season. So, one is left wondering how these tourists are killing their time in a Guwahati hotel. Perhaps, Sarma, seen as one of BJP’s master strategists, has a ready-made answer to this query. The NE tribal leader who nearly became PresidentBefore Droupadi Murmu, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had backed an influential tribal leader from the northeast. But that was a decade ago and the party was not in power back then. Former Lok Sabha Speaker, late Purno Agitok Sangma, belonged to the Garo tribe of the northeast. He served as chief minister of Meghalaya from 1980 to 1990. He represented the Tura Lok Sabha constituency for several terms until his death in 2016. The seat is now held by his daughter Agatha. His son Conrad is the current CM of Meghalaya. PA Sangma was a staunch Congressman but in 1999, he became a part of the group which revolted over the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin. Subsequently, he joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) floated by Sharad Pawar. During the 2012 Presidential election, the BJP, which was the main opposition party, supported his candidature while the Congress-led ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) proposed the name of former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. Sangma hogged the limelight when he challenged Mukherjee’s election as the President, in the Supreme Court. He claimed that Mukherjee was holding an office of profit as chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and as the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha when he contested the election. In December 2012, the top court turned down Sangma’s petition, saying it is not maintainable for regular hearing. ‘No encounter killings, but killed in police action’The Assam government carefully crafted its reply to a directive issued by the Gauhati high court, which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on alleged extrajudicial killings. In an affidavit, the state Home Department said earlier this week that 51 people died and 139 were injured “in police action” between May 2021 and May 31, 2022. The government claimed that no extrajudicial killings have taken place during this period, according to the affidavit quoted by a local English daily. This is the second affidavit filed by the BJP-led state government in the case. The PIL filed by Delhi-based lawyer and activist Arif Jwadder sought a probe into alleged fake encounters by an independent agency such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the court. He alleged that all the “victims were unarmed and handcuffed at the time of the encounter”, claiming that those killed or injured “were not dreaded criminals”. Earlier this year, the Union home ministry said in a written reply in Parliament that 655 cases of death in police encounters were registered across the country, with Assam recording the third-highest cases at 50. Maoist-infested Chhattisgarh topped the list with 191 deaths, followed by Uttar Pradesh at 117. It’s yet to be seen if the Assam government can steer clear of the allegation of extrajudicial killings levelled by the PIL. The next date of hearing is scheduled for the third week of July.

Northeast Diary: A ‘Maha’ crisis and flood tourism
Sent From "Anonymous Email", Motion Against Deputy Speaker Rejected
Ndtv | 1 day ago
Ndtv
1 day ago

Eknath Shinde along with 38 Shiv Sena MLAs are in Assam's Guwahati. (File)In a setback for the Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, the Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker has rejected the no-confidence motion moved by minister Eknath Shinde's camp against him.Though 34 rebel MLAs had signed the no-confidence motion, none of the MLAs submitted it to the Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal's office, choosing instead to send it through an anonymous email ID on June 22 at 11:30 AM, sources said."In view of the gravity of the subject matter, it is imperative that the genuineness of the communication be verified and ascertained before taking the same on record," sources told NDTV as reason for rejection of the no-confidence motion.They added, "Therefore, unless and until the persons who have purportedly signed the aforesaid communication come in person and submit the same, so that the genuineness and veracity of it is confirmed, the said communication dated 22.06.2022 is not liable to be taken on record or acted upon."The motion was based on a case from Arunachal Pradesh, in which the Supreme Court said Speakers cannot decide on disqualification if a no-confidence motion is pending against them.Mr Zirwal, who is from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), had earlier cleared the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary to replace Eknath Shinde as leader of the Sena in the assembly.Mr Shinde called the move illegal, saying that Mr Chaudhary's name was proposed by the "minority faction" and that he represents the "real Sena".In a bid to stop Mr Zirwal, Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agarwal, both independent MLAs, had moved for his removal.The motion against Mr Zirwal was sent on the Shiv Sena letterhead however, as per the assembly records, the Shiv Sena Legislature Party Leader is Ajay Chaudhary and not Eknath Shinde, sources added.Speaking to NDTV, Mahesh Baldi had said, "I told the Deputy Speaker that we found from the media you are expelling 12 MLAs. You are yourself facing no-confidence motion. In the circumstances, you cannot disqualify anyone. We will soon initiate legal steps."He also said that if disqualified they would "definitely go to court".The rejection of the no-confidence motion came on a day when the Eknath Shinde camp moved to name themselves as 'Shiv Sena Balasaheb', sources said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIt also coincided with notices dispatched to 16 rebel MLAs on the disqualification plea and they have to appear in person or through counsel on Monday evening to respond to the disqualification plea.Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal has found himself at the centre of the political crisis in Maharashtra where the Speaker's post has been vacant since February 2021, when Congress leader Nana Patole quit the job to become the party's state chief.

Sent From "Anonymous Email", Motion Against Deputy Speaker Rejected
Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray Can Claim 'Marathi Identity' Was Betrayed
Ndtv | 1 day ago
Ndtv
1 day ago

"Shiv Sena is a lion's den, you can only go in, you can't come out."This is what Manohar Joshi, who rose to Chief  Minister of Maharashtra, and later, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, said in response to a question on why he did not leave the Shiv Sena.But that myth about the lion's den stands shattered to pieces with Shiv Sena leaving the party in such numbers that even the not-so-die-hard Sena supporters are aghast. Eknath Shinde did what former stalwarts Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray could not do. When they left the Sena, it created ripples but it did not turn into a tsunami; the Sena flourished. Today, the Sena is in such deep crisis that the very existence of the party is uncertain. This depends on whether Shinde is able to prove that more than two-thirds of MLAs stand with him against Uddhav Thackeray.The Shiv Sena was never a traditional political party. It was more of a cult around one man, Balasaheb Thackeray. His word was law and he virtually ran Mumbai because Shiv Sainiks would follow his instructions blindingly. Despite not holding any post ever in the government, he was a law unto himself; he was 'Sarkar' for millions of Maharashtrians.Uddhav Thackeray has been reduced to a minority in the party founded by his father, Balasaheb Thackeray.Balasaheb Thackeray was originally a cartoonist and had worked with the legendary R K Laxman. He was the son of Keshav Sitaram Prabodhankar Thackeray who was a reformer in his own right, and a very accomplished writer who had once "called for boycott of a temple which had refused to allow Dalits to offer worship." Sujata Anandan writes, "Bal Thackeray's father, at a public meeting, gave up his claim to his son and proclaimed that henceforth Balasaheb's life would be dedicated to uplifting Maharashtrians in Maharashtra."'Secure Maharashtra for Maharashtrians' was the call of senior Thackeray which he wanted his son to carry forward. Before the inception of the Shiv Sena in 1966, 'Maharashtra for Maharashtrians' was a thought which needed to be consolidated; Balasaheb accomplished that task by forming a political party which was originally used by the Congress governments in Maharashtra to counter the communist trade union movement which was very powerful in the 1960s. It is said that the Congress then supported the Shiv Sena with 'money bags'. It is no wonder that Thackeray supported the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the mid-1970s. The Sena then was not a Hindutva party. It stood for the 'Marathi Manush' who felt threatened by the migrants coming to Mumbai from other states to earn their living. Preservation of the Marathi Identity is even now significant in the tension between Delhi and Mumbai.The Sena was comfortable with the BJP as long as it had an edge over the BJP in electoral politics. No BJP leader could afford to ignore 'Matoshree', the Thackaray residence, and survive in Maharashtra politics, but with the emergence of Narendra Modi as the supreme commander of the BJP at the centre, the equation changed. In 2014, the Sena and the BJP contested elections separately, with the Shiv Sena originally not supporting the BJP government in Maharashtra, but doing so later. But through it all, despite being an alliance partner in the government, the Shiv Sena was more critical of Modi and the BJP than any Opposition party.In 2019, the Shiv Sena, despite contesting the assembly elections with the BJP, decided to part with it and aligned with Sharad Pawar's NCP and the Congress, which are ideologically the diametrically opposite of what the Sena supposedly stands for. The Shiv Sena by then had been dislodged from the position of big brother. The Congress at the centre had been replaced by the BJP, and it is the BJP that is now viewed by the Sena as the 'New' Delhi that wants to dominate the Marathi Asmita. The NCP and the Congress are in no position to dictate terms to the Shiv Sena, but the BJP can do that.Senior Sena leader Eknath Shinde is leading revolt against Uddhav Thackeray.Those who view the conflict between Sena and the BJP merely as a conflict between two parties are missing the core issue. The Shiv Sena in Maharashtra politics does not want to play second fiddle to any all - India Party which potentially could subsume its Marathi regional identity. Historically, the Marathas never surrendered to Delhi. Both were constantly at war. Chhatrapati Shivaji is the biggest icon of this struggle. Those who felt that with the demise of the Balasaheb Thackeray, the Shiv Sena could be manipulated missed the basic reason for the existence of the Sena. Sena has given voice to voiceless Maharashtrians who felt pushed to the margins by the more educated migrants. About the Sena supporters, Sujata Anandan writes in her biography of Balasaheb, "The bulk of that crowd was drawn from the working classes and from the rank of the unemployed and even uneducated people with idle minds."Eknath Shinde, the architect for the revolt against Uddhav Thackeray's leadership, was once an auto driver. Many top Sena leaders had very humble beginnings. Can people like Shinde, who is already being viewed as playing Delhi's game, become the symbol of Marathi Asmita? At the outset, it seems very remote that Shinde and his group have a long-term future. For the time being, he may look victorious, but in the long run, his group will always be seen as traitors who backstabbed the Marathi cause.There is no doubt that Uddhav Thackeray is more soft-spoken and more accommodative than his father. But to assume that this episode will annihilate the Thackeray's legacy would be reckless. Thackeray and 'Matoshree, are not just a name or a house, they symbolise an idea which has always resisted the might of the centre and never surrendered. The lion's den will recover.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Ashutosh is author of 'Hindu Rashtra' and Editor, satyahindi.com.)Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of the author.

Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray Can Claim 'Marathi Identity' Was Betrayed
In 1978, it was Sharad Pawar who had led a rebel group and toppled Maharashtra government, recalls former MLA
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Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s recent rebellion is reminiscent of a similar revolt in Maharashtra in 1978, then the first of its kind in the state’s political history. The rebel group then was led by none other than Sharad Pawar, who had succeeded in toppling the Vasantdada Patil government – formed after two splinter groups of Congress had joined hands – and becoming the youngest chief minister at the age of 38.Then Maval MLA Krishnarao Bhegde, now 87, was part of the rebel group. Recalling the 1978 rebellion, Bhegde said it was the likes of Pawar, Govindrao Adik and Prataprao Bhosale who were in the forefront of the rebellion then. “Today, the split in the Shiv Sena seems to be on the Hindutva issue. Also, the rebel Shiv Sainiks are raising the issue of humiliating treatment by NCP…,” Bhegde said.In 1978, Bhegde said, the principal reason why the rebels decided to part ways with the government was the “humiliating” treatment meted out to them. “Deputy chief minister Nashikrao Tirpude, who belonged to Congress (I), openly criticised chief minister Patil, Pawar and his mentor Yeshwantrao Chavan. Tirpude was saying things that didn’t go down well with the likes of Pawar and his close aides. Pawar was a minister in the Vasantdada Patil group,” said Bhegde.Bhegde said discontent against the government was brewing for three-four months. “The discussion regarding forming another group and joining hands with opposition parties like the Janata Party, Peasants and Workers Party, CPM went for nearly three to four months,” Bhegde recalled. “Then suddenly, when the monsoon session of the assembly was underway, Pawar on July 18, 1978, went to the governor and submitted a letter regarding his 38 MLAs forming a new group. He also submitted a letter regarding support of other parties and another letter regarding his election as the legislature party leader. The governor then invited Pawar to take over as the chief minister. Pawar took the oath of office even as the assembly session was underway,” said Bhegde.During that period, Bhegde said, Pawar did not approach him but his close aides convinced him about the need to form a separate group and have “our own” government. “I don’t remember Pawar meeting me or other MLAs. We were addressed generally and not one-to-one. Pawar’s close associates kept in touch with us,” he said.After the Emergency was lifted in 1977, Congress had split into two parties, Bhegde said. “One party was headed by Indira Gandhi, called Congress (I), and another was headed by D Devraj Urs, which was known as Congress (Urs). Both contested elections separately. Pawar was part of Congress (Urs). However, after the 1978 assembly elections, both decided to join hands to keep Janata Party away from power,” he said.Bhegde said the Pawar-led (Progressive Democratic Front or PuLod) coalition government did not last long. “It was dismissed by Indira Gandhi in 1980 after she returned to power. As per my information, she had asked Pawar to join the Congress. He refused and next day, his government was dismissed,” he said.

In 1978, it was Sharad Pawar who had led a rebel group and toppled Maharashtra government, recalls former MLA
  • 'PM Modi And Amit Shah, Your Minister Is Threatening Sharad Pawar': Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut
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    New Delhi: The political crisis in Maharashtra refused to settle down as fresh claims and counter claims were made by both the parties – Uddhav Thackeray camp and Eknath Shinde camp. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday alleged that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar was threatened by a union minister.Also Read - 7 Days, 70 Rooms: How Much The 5-Star Hotel in Guwahati Where Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs Are Staying Costs. Deets Inside“He is the son of Maharashtra. They are threatening him. Modi ji, Amit Shah, have you heard? Your minister is threatening Sharad Pawar – do you support such threats? Maharashtra wants to know,” Sanjay Raut said, according to a report by NDTV.“A central minister of the BJP has said that if attempts are made to save MVA government, then Sharad Pawar will not be allowed to go home. Whether or not the MVA govt survives, use of such language for Sharad Pawar is not acceptable,” Sanjay Raut tweeted.महाविकास आघाडीचे सरकार वाचवण्याचा प्रयत्न केला तर शरद पवार यांना घरी जाऊ देणार नाही .रस्त्यात अडवू.अशी धमकी भाजपचा एक केंद्रीय मंत्री देतो.ही भाजपची अधिकृत भूमिका असेल तर तसे जाहीर करा. सरकार टिकेल किंवा जाईल..पण शरद पवार यांच्या बाबत अशी भाषा महाराष्ट्राला मान्य नाहीं@PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/YU1Pc39vCb— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) June 24, 2022

  • "PM And Amit Shah, Your Minister Is Threatening Sharad Pawar": Sena Leader
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    Sanjay Raut is among the few Shiv Sena leaders still with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today alleged that Maharashtra alliance leader Sharad Pawar had been threatened by a Union Minister. Do Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah condone such threats by their minister, questioned Sanjay Raut, the Sena's spokesperson."He is the son of Maharashtra. They are threatening him. Modi ji, Amit Shah, have you heard? Your minister is threatening Sharad Pawar - do you support such threats? Maharashtra wants to know," said Mr Raut, who is among the few Shiv Sena leaders still with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after a revolt that has seen a majority of party MLAs backing rebel Eknath Shinde.His comments followed tweets by Union minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane last evening alleging that Sharad Pawar was threatening rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and "warning" of consequences."Sharad Pawar is threatening (rebel) MLAs, says they should come to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They will definitely come and vote as per their will. If any harm comes to them, it will be difficult to go home," Mr Rane tweeted in Marathi.Mr Raut had hit back in a tweet."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. If this is what the BJP is doing then you declare it. Whether the government stays or goes, such language for Sharad Pawar is unacceptable," tweeted the Shiv Sena MP.महाविकास आघाडीचे सरकार वाचवण्याचा प्रयत्न केला तर शरद पवार यांना घरी जाऊ देणार नाही .रस्त्यात अडवू.अशी धमकी भाजपचा एक केंद्रीय मंत्री देतो.ही भाजपची अधिकृत भूमिका असेल तर तसे जाहीर करा. सरकार टिकेल किंवा जाईल..पण शरद पवार यांच्या बाबत अशी भाषा महाराष्ट्राला मान्य नाहीं@PMOIndiapic.twitter.com/YU1Pc39vCb— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) June 24, 2022In a revolt that could bring down the Maharashtra coalition government, Uddhav Thackeray has been outnumbered in the party founded by his father Bal Thackeray, with rebel Eknath Shinde claiming the support of 50 MLAs, 40 from the Shiv Sena.Mr Shinde and the rebels launched the revolt from Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat on Tuesday, and were later flown by special flights to Assam, another BJP state.Uddhav Thackeray has sought the disqualification of 12 MLAs including Mr Shinde, who told NDTV this morning that the move was "illegal" as the Chief Minister's faction is in a minority.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Shinde, 58, has enough MLAs to split the party and claim he is the real Shiv Sena. But the rebel leader says he only wants the Sena to end its "unnatural alliance" with Sharad Pawar's party and the Congress and rule Maharashtra with old ally BJP.Sharad Pawar had yesterday said the future of the government would be decided only by a floor test in the assembly.

  • Sharad Pawar "Threatening" Rebel MLAs: Union Minister Narayan Rane
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    Narayan Rane said, "Sharad Pawar is threatening the (rebel) MLAs" (FILE)Mumbai: Union minister Narayan Rane on Friday took on NCP chief Sharad Pawar, alleging that the latter was threatening rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, and said if anything happened to them in the Maharashtra Assembly, there will be consequences.Earlier in the day, Mr Pawar said that the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde who are camping in Guwahati will have to come to the Maharashtra Assembly eventually, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will win a trust vote despite the rebellion.Mr Rane, in a series of tweets in Marathi issued in the evening, said, “Sharad Pawar is threatening the (rebel) MLAs that they should come to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They will definitely come and vote as per their will. If any harm comes to them, it will be difficult to go home.“The MVA was formed to serve personal interests. Nobody should boast about its work," said Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who quit and joined the Congress in 2005 and later crossed over to the BJP.Without naming Pawar, he said, “There are some people who have a long history of rebelling from time to time. It is unbecoming (for such people) to issue unwarranted threats at an unsuitable age.” Pawar formed the Nationalist Congress Party in 1999 after quitting Congress. He had quit Congress earlier too but had returned.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comRane, meanwhile, also said that Eknath Shinde was his "old colleague and a friend". Going by the number of MLAs Shinde has with him, the "roadshow organized by the Chief Minister" (Uddhav Thackeray) on Wednesday evening was nothing but "cowardice and selfishness,” the BJP leader said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Narayan Rane slams Sharad Pawar, warns of consequences if rebel MLAs are 'harmed' in Maharashtra Assembly
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    Union minister Narayan Rane on Friday took on NCP chief Sharad Pawar, alleging that the latter was threatening rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, and said if anything happened to them in the Maharashtra Assembly, there will be consequences. Earlier in the day, Pawar said that the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde who are camping in Guwahati will have to come to the Maharashtra Assembly eventually, and the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will win a trust vote despite the rebellion. Rane, in a series of tweets in Marathi issued in the evening, said, "Sharad Pawar is threatening the (rebel) MLAs that they should come to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They will definitely come and vote as per their will. If any harm comes to them, it will be difficult to go home. "The MVA was formed to serve personal interests. Nobody should boast about its work," said Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who quit and joined the Congress in 2005 and later crossed over to the BJP. Without naming Pawar, he said, "There are some people who have a long history of rebelling from time to time. It is unbecoming (for such people) to issue unwarranted threats at an unsuitable age." Pawar formed the Nationalist Congress Party in 1999 after quitting Congress. RECOMMENDEDSTORIES FOR YOUThackeray government will win trust vote in Assembly, says Sharad PawarMaharashtra numbers game: The key points so farMaharashtra political crisis: Rebel Sena MLAs sign letter of support to Eknath Shinde, likely to seek floor testHe had quit Congress earlier too but had returned. Rane, meanwhile, also said that Eknath Shinde was his "old colleague and a friend". Going by the number of MLAs Shinde has with him, the "roadshow organized by the Chief Minister" (Uddhav Thackeray) on Wednesday evening was nothing but "cowardice and selfishness," the BJP leader said.

Amid crisis, depts headed by NCP and Cong issue GRs for sanction of funds worth crores
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Even as the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is currently facing a survival crisis due to a rebellion by Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, the state departments – mostly controlled by allies NCP and Congress – have issued government orders for the release of funds worth thousands of crores in the last four days for development works.This has prompted Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council, Pravin Darekar, to write to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The BJP has sought the Governor’s intervention to curb the “rush of GRs (government resolutions)” seen over the past few days, which it termed as “suspicious”.Between June 20 and 23, the departments have issued 182 GRs, while on June 17, 107 such GRs were passed. These orders can be found on the government’s official website. Although Shinde’s rebellion became public on June 21 morning, his growing discomfort had been sensed by the Sena’s allies NCP and Congress. Since the ruling partners had sensed what was coming, the departments controlled by these parties went on a spree to issue the GRs, sources said.The water supply and sanitation department, headed by Sena’s Gulabrao Patil, issued over 84 GRs on June 17. Most of the orders were pertaining to sanction of funds, administrative approvals and for salaries of staff working on various water supply schemes. Patil was among the last Sena legislators who joined the rebel camp headed by Shinde by reaching in Guwahati.June 17 was a Friday – the last working day of the week – and MLC elections took place on Monday. During the June 20 and 23 period, the least number of GRs – 28 – were issued on Monday. On the following day, 66 GRs were issued. In the past two days – on June 22 and 23 – the government has issued 44 and 43 orders, respectively.As per the data, since Monday, the departments controlled by NCP and Congress went on a spree as over 70 per cent of the 182 orders were issued. The departments such as social justice, water resources, skill development, housing development, finance and home, being headed by the NCP, have issued maximum number of GRs.Some GRs were issued by the Congress-controlled departments such as tribal development, revenue, PWD, school education, OBC and fisheries. The soil and conservation department, handled by Independent MLA and Minister Shankarrao Gadakh, passed nearly 20 orders.During the last four days, only a couple of GRs from the departments controlled by Sena were issued. The GRs were issued by the industries department, Marathi language handled by the outgoing minister Subhash Desai and also tourism department helmed by Aaditya Thackeray. But apart from these three, no other departments handled by the Sena issue any GR.A couple of GRs were issued by the tribal development department controlled by Congress, which are cumulatively worth over Rs 1,000 crore. The finance department, controlled by Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar, issued a GR increasing the local area development funds to Rs 319 crore.In a letter to Koshyari, BJP’s Darekar said, “Some 160 government resolutions were issued by the MVA in the last 48 hours, which looks suspicious. I request you to intervene in this matter and put a curb on it.”The BJP leader also alleged that there was a plan to transfer some key officials in the state, including those from the home department.A top bureaucrat said, “Some IAS officers are not coming to the Mantralaya, as they do not want to be a part of such decisions that can attract controversy later.”–With PTI inputs

Amid crisis, depts headed by NCP and Cong issue GRs for sanction of funds worth crores
"NDTV Showed What Happened At Airport": Uddhav Thackeray On Rebel MLAs
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Team Uddhav Thackeray has sought disqualification of 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAsMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a late-night open Zoom call with reporters and the public strongly condemned the way his party's MLA, Eknath Shinde, and 21 other rebels sneaked out from Mumbai on Monday night, eventually to surface at a five-star hotel in Assam's Guwahati, far from home. The number of rebel MLAs since the Monday night 'escape' has swelled to nearly 40.Mr Thackeray said the Sena's allies Nationalist Congress Party, or NCP, and the Congress are standing strong together, but what hurt him the most was the stab on the back by their own. "We were stabbed in the back by our own," Mr Thackeray said, referring to how the Sena MLAs sneakily took a flight from Mumbai to Surat on Monday night.The full gravity of the crisis was revealed the next night when the rebel MLAs were seen at Surat airport, preparing to leave for Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam. They were seen escorted by Gujarat Police hurriedly. Once in Guwahati, they were escorted by the state police all the way to the hotel."NDTV has shown you what happened at the airport...They don't have two-third numbers, so they will be disqualified. They are depending on the BJP," Mr Thackeray said in the Zoom call on Friday night.The rebels are still at the 196-room five-star hotel in Guwahati, fully booked for a week, suggesting the MLAs are for the long haul.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBut the Maharashtra Deputy Speaker is likely to issue disqualification notices to 16 rebel MLAs including Mr Shinde, as sought by Team Thackeray, and the proceedings which may take place on Monday require the rebel MLAs to be present in Mumbai, sources have said.Team Thackeray is unlikely to seek more rebel MLAs for disqualification since that would bring the halfway mark down, which would benefit the BJP. Sena's play appears to be to go for disqualifying a few rebels to discourage the rest from facing elections, hence forcing them to return from Assam.

"NDTV Showed What Happened At Airport": Uddhav Thackeray On Rebel MLAs
  • Posts Will Come and Go: Uddhav Thackeray Drops Big Hint Amid Resignation Buzz | Top Quotes
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    Mumbai: Breaking the silence on the ongoing political crisis in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the state via Facebook live. In a sensational announcement, the chief minister said that he is ready to give his resignation if his rebel MLAs come and tell him directly. “I am ready to give my resignation to the MLAs, they should come here and take my resignation to Raj Bhavan. I am ready to leave the post of Shiv Sena party head also, not on the saying of others but my workers,” CM Thackeray said.Also Read - Maharashtra Political Crisis: Rebel Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde to Address Media Shortly

  • 5 Big Points From Uddhav Thackeray's Speech To Party
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    Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, underlined today that his party Shiv Sena "will never give up Hindutva" in his first address since a rebel crisis exploded in his party two days ago. Here are top 5 points from his big speech to Sena members:I have kept letter of my resignation as chief minister ready; willing to resign as Chief Minister this very moment.Will quit as chief minister and leave official residence if even one of the disgruntled MLAs says he doesn't want me as Chief MinisterSharad Pawar and Kamal Nath phoned me saying they want me to continue as Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray.Getting calls from MLAs who have gone with Eknath Shinde; they are claiming that they were forcibly taken away.Shiv Sena can't be separated from Hindutva. Comments

  • Amid Political Crisis, Maharahstra CM Uddhav Thackeray May Step Down by Evening: Sources
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    Maharashtra Political Crisis: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray might offer to resign after a Cabinet meeting at 5 PM on Wednesday, sources told Zee News. If reports are to be believed, the Chief Minister will meet party MPs and MLAs after the cabinet meeting later in the day wherein he may announce to step down from his post. This comes after Shiv Sena’s dissident leader Eknath Shinde asserted that 40 MLAs from Maharashtra have accompanied him to Guwahati in Assam. The Shiv Sena legislators have rebelled against the party, plunging the tripartite MVA government, comprising the Sena, NCP and Congress, into a crisis. Earlier, the MLAs were taken to Surat in Gujarat from Mumbai on Tuesday, and the decision to shift them to Guwahati was taken on security grounds, said reports.Also Read - Two Shiv Sena MLAs Return From Eknath Shinde Camp, To Support Uddhav: ReportsAmid the intensifying political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today hinted at the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly. “The ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra is heading to the dissolution of Vidhan Sabha,” said Raut in a Twitter post. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray to Quit? Here's What's at Stake & How Numbers Stack Up in Maharashtra Assembly | EXPLAINEDMeanwhile, back-to-back meetings of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are taking place in Mumbai over the rapidly changing political developments in the state. Also Read - As Shinde Ditches Uddhav, MVA Looks Upto Sharad Pawar-Kamal Nath Meet | LIVE UpdatesWhile Maharashtra Cabinet meeting is schedued later in the day,  NCP chief Sharad Pawar and  Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray held discussions virtually around noon as the latter tested positive for COVID.

Your Daily Wrap: Uddhav digs heels in amid MVA crisis, US Supreme Court overturns landmark abortion ruling; and more
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It’s Day 4 of the Maharashtra political crisis and the action has now moved to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’, where a meeting is underway between the CM, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. Earlier, at a party meeting, Uddhav told the party workers that he may have moved out of the official residence of the chief minister, but his determination to fight the crisis remains intact. He also took on cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, saying the rebel leader’s son is a Lok Sabha MP and should his son Aaditya Thackeray not also grow politically. Follow our live coverage of the political turmoil hereWith the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leadership caught unawares by the rebellion in the Shiv Sena, many in Maharashtra’s political circles are upset about the “intelligence failure” that left the government in the dark about Shinde’s coup. Top police officers, however, said that Uddhav used to sparingly take intelligence briefings, a charge denied by the CM’s office.Moving from Maharashtra to Kerala, where Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s office in Wayanad was attacked allegedly by activists of the CPM’s students wing. The attack took place when SFI activists marched to Gandhi’s office in Kerala demanding his intervention in favour of farmers over a Supreme Court directive that protected forest tracts and wildlife sanctuaries must have an eco-sensitive zone of one kilometre from their boundaries. But what are eco-Sensitive zones and why are there protests in Kerala against them? Read here.Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is set to leave the government think tank at the end of June after a six-year-long stint of heading the organisation. He will be replaced by Parameswaran Iyer, the former secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the force behind the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission.And now the big international story of the day: The US Supreme Court today overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalised it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to take this momentous step.Time for our Friday movie reviews. This week, we review Varun Dhawan-Kiara Advani starrer JugJugg Jeeyo, Pankaj Tripathi’s Sherdil The Pilibhit Saga, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, and Netflix’s action-comedy The Man from Toronto.Political PulseLoyalty versus capability, or for that matter merit, has always been a burning debate in the Congress. And the leadership (read, the Gandhis) has invariably leaned towards loyalty when rewarding party leaders. And in many cases, decisions are also taken to balance power, caste and regional equations, or to accommodate and adjust various factions and leaders. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s decision to induct four new members into the all-powerful Congress Working Committee is perhaps a mix of all these reasons. Manoj CG writes.Fourteen years after the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) split, the two factions of the influential Muslim religious organisation led by Deobandi clerics are working towards a merger. The split happened in 2008 after members of its working committee objected to the way its president at the time Maulana Arshad Madani conducted the organisation’s operations. But now, keeping in mind the growing intolerance against Muslims, the rival factions are working towards uniting to strengthen the organisation. Esha Roy reports.Express ExplainedThis month, multiple cities across the country witnessed petrol pumps rationing supplies or getting shut due to non-availability of fuel, leading to concerns about fuel shortages and triggering panic buying among consumers. The situation peaked around the middle of June, forcing the government to intervene and ask petrol pumps to stay open and directing oil marketing companies to ensure fuel availability.  So what’s behind the fuel shortage, and when will the situation ease? Mihir Mishra explains.Sajid Mir, chief planner of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) terrorist attacks in Mumbai, has been reportedly taken into custody in Pakistan. The FBI has designated Mir as a ‘most wanted’ terrorist. Who is Sajid Mir? What are the charges against him? Read here.

Your Daily Wrap: Uddhav digs heels in amid MVA crisis, US Supreme Court overturns landmark abortion ruling; and more
"Your Presence Defaming Assam": Congress Leader Asks Sena Rebels To Leave Flood-Hit State
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Radisson Blu in Guwahati, the hotel where the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs are staying.Guwahati: As rebel Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra continued to camp in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam, the state's Congress unit chief, Bhupen Kumar Borah, on Friday asked their leader Eknath Shinde to leave immediately, saying that the MLAs are getting "royal hospitality" amid floods in Assam. "Your presence is creating an unhealthy atmosphere," Mr Borah said in his letter to Eknath Shinde.The Congress is a partner of Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena, along with Sharad Pawar's NCP, in Maharashtra's Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Chief Minister Thackeray is fighting an unprecedented rebellion that has seen more than 40 MLAs backing Eknath Shinde, who are staying at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati since June 22.I have written a letter toSri #EknathShinde Minister of #Maharashtra requesting him to leave Assam along with his MLAs who are sheltering at hotel to topple the #MVAGovt .The letter has been given to one on duty police officer at Hotel Radison Blu.#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisispic.twitter.com/5msACuiNwC— Bhupen kumar Borah (@BhupenKBorah) June 24, 2022"Assam is a land where people give a lot of respect to ethics and values," the state Congress chief wrote in his letter to Mr Shinde, "Your presence in Guwahati with MLAs of the ruling Shiv Sena from Maharashtra, who have been kept in a hotel for alleged horse-trading to topple the elected Government of Maharashtra and the continued media coverage of the same, has not gone [down] well with the Assamese people.He underlined that Assam is facing a devastating flood situation: "In such a critical and deplorable situation of the state, the presence of Shiv Sena MLAs in Guwahati and the busy activities of the Assam government in providing royal hospitality are quite unfair and unacceptable.""Assam has been defamed by your presence," Mr Borah further wrote.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Congress leader also attacked Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, saying that the state machinery should be busy with the management of the flood crisis but the presence of the MLAs has created a hindrance."Considering the damage that you have caused to Assam and its people by your presence, I would like to advise you to leave Assam at the earliest in the greater interest of the state," Mr Borah told Eknath Shinde.

"Your Presence Defaming Assam": Congress Leader Asks Sena Rebels To Leave Flood-Hit State
  • "Should I Shut Down Hotels Because There Is Flood?": Assam Chief Minister
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    He sought to downplay the camping of Maharashtra's rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in his stateGuwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday sought to downplay the camping of Maharashtra's rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in his state saying all "tourists" are welcome there.Mr Sarma also said he has nothing to do with the politics of Maharashtra where the survival of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government is at stake after 38 of his party's MLAs rebelled and are currently camping at a hotel in Guwahati after being flown there in several flights."Some people have come to Assam. They booked hotels. I am happy for that. You also come, it will help Assam's economy. Through this, Assam's tourism is also getting promoted," he said after accompanying NDA's presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu while filing her nominations here at Parliament complex.Asked about the ongoing political developments in Maharashtra, he said he cannot comment on it as it is a big state."How can I comment on Maharashtra. It is a big state. I am happy that people are choosing Assam as a preferred destination," he said.Reacting to the claims that his BJP-led government was allegedly ignoring flood relief work and busy hosting the MLAs from Maharashtra, the chief minister said he cannot order closure of hotels in the Assam capital due to floods in some parts of the state."I dont's know what kind of mindset these people have. Should I shut down Guwahati's hotels because there is flood in some part of the state. We are providing relief to the flood affected people. How can I shut the hotels in Guwahati. If tomorrow, you decide to come and stay in a hotel in Guwahati for 10 days, as a CM, should I say that you should not come," he said."We have spent so much money to promote tourism, (we say) visit Kamakhya, visit Kaziranga, now, should I stop those who have come to Assam," he added.When asked whether the Shiv Sena MLAs were kept as a "hostage" in Assam, Mr Sarma said: "What kind of hostage? They are in a hotel. They are happy. They are our guests. Generally we just see whether everyone visiting Assam is comfortable".Asked about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's offer that the Maharashtra MLAs should come to her state, Sarma shot back, saying Banerjee wanted to take away the "Lakshmi" which came to Assam."There is always competition between Assam and Bengal on tourism. Mamata di wanted to take away the 'Lakshmi' which came to my place. If they go to Bengal, Bengal will get the GST. I want to tell Mamata di that those who want to come to Assam, at least spare them. Don't take away them. Yours is a big state," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Sarma also lauded the NDA's decision to nominate Murmu as the Presidential candidate and termed her as "an able administrator and social worker" who has the experience of being a minister, governor and teacher.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

  • "PM Should Visit Flood-Hit Assam Instead Of...": Congress's Gaurav Gogoi
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    Congress's Gaurav Gogoi said only power is everything for BJP. (File)Guwahati: Assam Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi hit out at the BJP on Thursday, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit flood-hit Assam instead of toppling the Maharashtra government."If there's a crisis, it's that of floods. BJP has gone blind for power. There are floods in Assam. The PM should visit the state and announce special package, but he's busy toppling Maharashtra government, or in Gujarat elections...Only power is everything for BJP," said Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi.Over 41 lakh people in 34 districts of Assam continue to reel under the impact of ongoing flood and landslide situations.Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, on Wednesday, visited the relief camp set up at Phulaguri Higher Secondary School in Nagaon district of Assam to meet the flood-affected people of the region.The flood situation in Assam's Karimganj district has deteriorated after waters from the Kushiyara, Longai, and Singla rivers inundated more areas of the district affecting more than 1.34 lakh people of the district.The floodwaters have submerged several main roads of the district. Eighty two people have died in floods and landslides in the state this year so far in Assam. More than 12.30 lakh people have been affected in lower Assam's Barpeta district alone, followed by 4.69 lakh in Darrang, 4.40 lakh in Nagaon, 3.38 lakh in Bajali, 2.91 lakh in Dhubri, 2.82 lakh in Kamrup, 2.80 lakh in Goalpara, 2.07 lakh in Cachar, 1.84 lakh in Nalbari, 1.51 lakh in South Salmara, 1.46 lakh in Bongaigaon, and 1.34 lakh in Karimganj district.The Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) also reported that seven people have gone missing amidst the natural calamity whereas 2,31,819 people took shelter in the 810 relief camps in the state.A total of 1,13,485.37 hectares of land have been affected due to the calamity, whereas the ASDMA in its report further stated that at least 11,292 people have been evacuated from the affected areas.Nearly 2.32 lakh people are currently lodged in relief camps.Meanwhile, there is a political crisis in Maharashtra. Three more Shiv Sena MLAs have joined the rebel group of MLAs led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde in Guwahati on Thursday morning, further deepening the political instability in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThey reached the Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati where other MLAs are campaigning.Last night, four more MLAs joined Mr Shinde in Guwahati. With this, the number of MLAs joining the rebel group goes to seven in the last 24 hours.

As Both Sides Claim To Be The Real Sena, Here's The Legal Battle
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Uddhav Thackeray has the support of less than 13 MLAsMumbai: The battle for Shiv Sena's control has moved from the streets to the drawing room, where the legal teams of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sena rebel MLA leader Eknath Shinde are working to make a claim as the rightful owner of Maharashtra's ruling party.In the Sena's first tangible move against Mr Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati and claims to have the support of nearly 40 Sena MLAs and 10 others, Maharashtra's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal has accepted Ajay Choudhari as the Sena's Legislature Party leader by replacing Mr Shinde.The Deputy Speaker rejected a suggestion by the Mr Shinde camp to appoint Bharat Gogawala as the Sena's whip.Pressing on his attack, Mr Thackeray has asked the Deputy Speaker to disqualify Mr Shinde and 15 other rebel MLAs, who are camping in a five-star hotel in BJP-ruled Assam.After the Deputy Speaker issued notice to the rebel MLAs on the disqualification plea, two independents rose to defend the Mr Shinde camp by directly going for the Deputy Speaker - they moved a no-confidence motion against the Deputy Speaker Mr Zirwal in a bid to stop the MLAs from being disqualified.Mr Shinde, supported by the rebel MLAs, has said he would go to the Election Commission and claim the Shiv Sena as belonging to them as he has the numbers.The Sena's two allies in Maharashtra - Nationalist Congress Party, or NCP, and the Congress - have said they will stick with Mr Thackeray come what may. Sena leaders have said their party is strongly focused on cadre. While MLAs come and go, the cadre will remain with Mr Thackeray, they said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"We're Shiv Sainik and will fight and will win. What they (rebel MLAs) are doing is not legal and politically not feasible. It's not happening for the first time with Shiv Sena. Earlier also it had happened but all in vain. This time also it will not succeed," Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said.The Sena filed to disqualify the rebel MLAs in a last-ditch attempt to save the ruling alliance. Team Thackeray is unlikely to seek more rebel MLAs for disqualification since that would bring the halfway mark down, which would benefit the BJP. Sena's play appears to be to go for disqualifying a few rebels to discourage the rest from facing elections, hence forcing them to return from Assam, where the BJP's north-east election strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma is the Chief Minister.

As Both Sides Claim To Be The Real Sena, Here's The Legal Battle
As Sena Seeks Rebels' Disqualification, A Plea Against Man Who Will Decide
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Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agarwal, both independent MLAs, have moved the notice. FileMumbai: As the Shiv Sena rebels crisis hurtles towards a possible test of strength in the Maharashtra assembly for the wobbling Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition, two MLAs have called for the removal of the man who could be the key decision-maker.Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agarwal, both independent MLAs, have moved notice for the removal of Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, who is from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).Mr Zirwal has already received the Shiv Sena's request to disqualify 16 rebels - 12 yesterday and four more today.The two MLAs have referred to a Supreme Court order in a case from Arunachal Pradesh and have urged the Deputy Speaker not to adjudicate on the disqualification plea against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.In the case cited by the MLAs, the Supreme Court had said Speakers cannot decide on disqualification pleas if a "no confidence" motion is pending against them.One of the MLAs, Mahesh Baldi, told Mr Zirwal he was not in a position to disqualify anyone."I told Deputy Speaker that we found from the media you are expelling 12 MLAs. You are yourself facing no-confidence motion. In the circumstances, you cannot disqualify anyone," Mr Balde told NDTV."If they want to disqualify all 288 MLAs, they can. Only Speaker will remain then," he shrugged.Mr Balde said he was against the Congress and the NCP."The entire MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi) government doesn't have the numbers and they can't disqualify any MLA," he said.Would he approach the court if the MLAs were disqualified? "We will definitely go to the court," Mr Balde said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

As Sena Seeks Rebels' Disqualification, A Plea Against Man Who Will Decide
  • Amid Sena Mutiny, A Plea Against Defections In Supreme Court Next Week
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    Shiv Sena rebels have challenged Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (right).New Delhi: MLAs who defect should not be allowed to contest elections for five years - a petition seeking this action against turncoats will be heard by the Supreme Court next week following a fresh application that comes amid the widening political crisis in Maharashtra.The petitioner, Madhya Pradesh Mahila Congress chief Jaya Thakur, has sought an urgent hearing in the case that she had filed last year. The court had asked for a response from the central government then.The new application says that MLAs switching parties has become a nationwide pattern and is being repeated now in Maharashtra despite the issue of defections pending in Supreme Court.Ms Thakur had called for a crackdown on MLAs who switch sides, including an up to five-year election ban from the date of their resignation or disqualification.Calling defections "unconstitutional", the petition accused political parties of trying to destroy India's "democratic fabric" as well as a "growing trend" of Speakers of assemblies not remaining neutral."Political parties are indulging in horse-trading and corrupt practices. Citizens are denied a stable government. These undemocratic practices are making a mockery of our democracy and the constitution. Such undemocratic practices need to be curbed," it said."Constant defections cause huge loss to the public exchequer, which is involved in the conduct of by-elections. Voters are denied their right to choose and elect representatives having a common ideology," it added, citing the case of Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh who were made ministers under the BJP government after they defected in 2020.The court said it will hear the case on Wednesday, June 29, following the fresh application that comes amid the revolt in Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Around 40 Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde are believed to be holed up in BJP-ruled Assam, challenging Mr Thackeray's leadership and an alliance with the Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe rebels have called for the Shiv Sena to quit the unlikely alliance and partner with the BJP instead - a demand that Mr Thackeray's camp has said it was willing to consider, even as it moved to have 16 of the dissidents disqualified from the assembly.According to most counts, Mr Shinde has reached the critical number of MLAs, 37, required to split the party in the assembly without falling foul of the anti-defection law.

Watch: Assam's Himanta Sarma's "Vacation" Invite To Uddhav Thackeray
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Himanta Biswa Sarma said MLAs from across India were welcome in Assam.New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday brushed off allegations of aiding a coup against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray by hosting rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at a five-star hotel in Guwahati, saying he could not stop anyone from visiting his state.#WATCH "...He (Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray) should also come to Assam for vacation," says Assam CM & BJP leader Himanata Biswa Sarma, in Delhi pic.twitter.com/vqtS5F6Jcr— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2022"I invite MLAs from all over the country to visit Assam. How can I stop people from coming to a hotel? Can I tell you not come to a hotel in Assam because there is federal structure in the country? I am happy when anyone comes to Assam, they can stay as long as they want," Mr Sarma told news agency ANI.Asked what he would tell Mr Thackeray, he said, "You should come for a vacation too."Mr Sarma's quip comes amid a widening revolt in Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Around 40 Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde are believed to be holed up in BJP-ruled Assam, challenging Mr Thackeray's leadership and an alliance with the Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).The rebels have called for the Shiv Sena to quit the unlikely alliance and partner with the BJP instead - a demand that Mr Thackeray's camp has said it was willing to consider, even as it moved to have 16 of the dissidents disqualified from the assembly.According to most counts, Mr Shinde has reached the critical number of MLAs, 37, required to split the party in the assembly without falling foul of the anti-defection law.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHimanta Biswa Sarma was seen earlier this week at the five-star hotel moments before the rebel contingent checked in.Several BJP leaders from the state have since been sighted accompanying the MLAs.

Watch: Assam's Himanta Sarma's "Vacation" Invite To Uddhav Thackeray
Rebel Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde Likely To Return To Mumbai From Guwahati, To Meet Deputy Speaker
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Guwahati: Amid the ongoing political turmoil within the MVA government in Maharashtra, which plunged into a crisis,  senior Minister Eknath Shinde leaves for Mumbai on Friday. According to reports, the rebel leader will meet Deputy Speaker Narhari Sitaram Zirwal there. This comes after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut challenged the rebel camp to come to the city, stating, “We are not going to concede defeat… This government will last its entire term.” Earlier, he warned rebel leader Eknath Shinde that such battles are either fought through law or on the roads. “If the need be, our workers will come out on the roads,” Raut said, while speaking to reporters.Also Read - Who is Ajay Chaudhary — Shiv Sena's Legislative Leader to Replace Rebel Eknath ShindeMeanwhile, Ajay Chaudhary, who was appointed as the Shiv Sena party group leader after the revolt of Eknath Shinde, has been recognised as such by the Deputy Speaker, a letter from the Maharashtra Legislative Secretariat to the party stated. Also Read - 7 Days, 70 Rooms: How Much The 5-Star Hotel in Guwahati Where Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs Are Staying Costs. Deets InsideEarlier, in a late-night letter to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Narhari Zirwal, Shinde declared himself the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party and Bharatshet Gogawale as the Chief Whip of the party. The letter was signed by 37 MLAs which means the rebel camp has the two-thirds majority mandated under the anti-defection law. Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Eknath Shinde Claims Support Of 38 Rebel MLAs, Shares Fresh Pic From Guwahati HotelShinde led a rebellion within Shiv Sena and demand that the party should break ties with NCP and Congress and join hands with BJP. However, the impasse continues as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has refused to concede to this demand. At present, Shinde claims to have the support of 37 Shiv Sena MLAs.Earlier, Assam Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Borah in his letter to Eknath Shinde -“Assam defamed by your presence considering Guwahati as a safe heaven for MLAs who have no respect for constitutional values and loyalty at all.

Rebel Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde Likely To Return To Mumbai From Guwahati, To Meet Deputy Speaker
  • Shiv Sena man goes to Guwahati with poster: Eknath Shinde, return to Matoshree!
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    MUMBAI: Amid Uddhav Thackeray camp efforts to defuse the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, a Shiv Sena functionary from the state went to Guwahati in Assam to appeal to rebel leader Eknath Shinde to return to Matoshree. Maharashtra political crisis has entered the fourth day with more MLAs joining Eknath Shinde camp. Sanjay Bhosale, Shiv Sena's deputy district chief from Satara has gone to Guwahati to urge Shinde to get back with Thackeray. The Sena functionary also carried a placard which reads - "Shiv Sena Zindabad. Eknath Shinde (Bhai) return to Matoshree. Give support to Uddhav ji, Aaditya." Read AlsoEknath Shinde our leader, 36 rebel MLAs tell dy Speaker; Shiv Sena can quit MVA: Sanjay RautThe MVA government led by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray stayed shaky on Thursday as the ranks of the dissidents swelled and 37 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs camping in Guwahati sent a letter to Maharashtra assembly's deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal stating Eknath Shinde will remain their group leader inBhosale says that Shiv Sena has given a lot to its MLAs and they should return, reported ANI. However, police detained Bhosale from Radisson Blu hotel area and said that ation will be taken as per law, as the area is sensitive. Bhosale carrying a placard urging Eknath Shinde to return to Matoshree.On Thursday, after Shiv Sena wrote to the Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker seeking the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs, Shinde has hit back saying they can't be scared as they are followers of the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. "We know your ways and the law too! According to Schedule 10 of the Constitution, the whip is used for assembly work, not for meetings," Shinde said in a tweet. Read AlsoMaharashtra: MLA Sanjay Shirsat says CM Uddhav Thackeray inaccessible, slams coterieA day after CM Uddhav Thackeray's emotional appeal to try and stem the revolt in the Shiv Sena, rebel leader Eknath Shinde shared a strongly-worded letter written by Aurangabad MLA Sanjay Shirsat which said that Thackeray was unavailable and flanked by a coterie that cut off access to him.Apart from Shinde, Shiv Sena has sought disqualification of Prakash Surve, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandeep Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Yadhav, Anil Babar, Balaji Devdas, and Lata Chaudhari. Meanwhile, Assam Congress president Bhupen Borah has slammed rebel Shiv Sena MLAs asking them to leave the state and said, "Assam is a cultural hub, not a market for buying and selling MLAs." Maharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde our leader, 37 rebel MLAs tell deputy speaker

  • Shiv Sainik from Maha's Satara Reaches Guwahati to 'Convince' Eknath Shinde to Come Back, Detained
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  • No Way We Will Go Back, Says Eknath Shinde As Shiv Sena Offers Olive Branch To Rebel MLAs
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    New Delhi: Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who setoff high political drama that may topple Uddhav Thackeray government after he revolted against the party, said there is “no way” he and the rebel MLAs will go back on their decision. Eknath Shinde and rebel MLAs have been camping in Guwahati. The rebel MLAs belong to Shiv Sena – which is part of the coalition government in Maharashtra along with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).Also Read - Shiv Sena Ready To Exit MVA If Rebels MLAs..., Says Sanjay Raut; Congress, NCP RespondEknath Shinde claimed he rebel camp have the numbers – 40 – and said they have moved far ahead. “We have the numbers, 40 people are with us. Who is saying we will go back? There is no way that we will go back. Gaadi Bahut Aage Nikal Chuki Hai. We have tried everything but nothing happened. You see people are coming and we will all sit together and decide what to do. Everyone’s opinion will be sought and then we will move forward. It’s not my decision but everybody’s,” Eknath Shinde was quoted as saying in a report by News18.Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday offered olive branch to rebel MLAs and said the party was ready to exit MVA if the Eknath Shinde camp returns to Mumbai. “You say you are real Shiv Sainiks and will not quit the party. We are ready to consider your demand provided you come back to Mumbai in 24 hours and discuss the issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Your demand will be considered positively. Don’t write letters on Twitter and WhatsApp,” Sanjay Raut said.Following Sanjay Raut’s MVA exit statement, Congress and NCP held separate party meetings in Mumbai. Both the parties – Congress and NCP – said they will back Uddhav Thackeray till the end.

  • Eknath Shinde's removal as Sena group leader in Maha Assembly valid: Deputy Speaker
  • The Economic Times

    Maharashtra Legislative Assembly's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal on Thursday said he has approved the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as the Shiv Sena's group leader in the House, replacing rebel legislator Eknath Shinde. The Shiv Sena on Tuesday removed Shinde as the party's group leader in the Assembly, hours after he revolted and and travelled to Surat in Gujarat with some Shiv Sena MLAs, triggering a crisis in the tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Sena, NCP and Congress) government in Maharashtra. Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Zirwal said, "I have received a letter from the Shiv Sena, informing me that it is appointing Ajay Choudhary as the party's leader in the Assembly and removing Shinde from the post with immediate effect." "I have accepted the letter, which was sent by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray," the deputy speaker said, adding that Shinde's removal as the Sena group leader in the Assembly was valid. Notably, Shinde had on Wednesday given a letter to the Assembly's deputy speaker, signed by 35 Sena MLAs, replacing Sunil Prabhu with Bharat Gogavale as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena legislature party Asked about Shinde's letter, Zirwal said, "The Independents have no role in such party affairs. One (Shiv Sena) MLA, Nitin Deshmukh (who had accompanied rebel leader to Surat), has claimed that he has not signed the letter issued by Shinde. I will study it, seek the advice of legal experts and then decide (on it)." MORE STORIES FOR YOU✕Maharashtra political crisis: Rebel Sena MLAs sign letter of support to Eknath Shinde, likely to seek floor testMVA crisis: MP Krupal Tumane says he's with Shiv Sena, denies reports of joining rebel campMaharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray tries emotional appeal to dissuade rebels« Back to recommendation storiesI don't want to see these stories becauseThey are not relevant to meThey disrupt the reading flowOthersSUBMITDeshmukh on Wednesday claimed that some people had forcibly admitted him to a hospital in Surat and he was administered injections though he never suffered a heart attack. Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport, Deshmukh, the MLA from Balapur in Akola district, had said he somehow managed to return safely to Maharashtra from Surat, and pledged loyalty to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. On Tuesday, Deshmukh's wife had filed a complaint with the Akola police stating that her husband had gone missing.

  • Eknath Shinde's Removal as Sena Group Leader in Maha Assembly Valid, Says Deputy Speaker
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Abhishek Singhvi interview: ‘Yashwant Sinha is a powerful name (for Prez poll) with rich experience… (who exposes) whatever is wrong with BJP’
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday appointed Abhishek Singhvi, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesman, as a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, along with a few other names. In an interview with The Indian Express, Singhvi spoke on a range of burning issues. Excerpts:How do you see your elevation as a CWC member?Undoubtedly, it is a matter of great honour, privilege and pleasure. Personally, I see this apex decision-making body of the Congress as representing firstly, geographical diversity, secondly, community diversity, and thirdly, a kind of a brains trust or an in-house think tank. The third element needs to be reinforced and reinvigorated.On the Presidential election, there is a sense that the Opposition lacked imagination. And the Congress, the main Opposition party, simply sat back and let the other parties come up with names and agreed on the name on which there was wider acceptance. Why?I don’t quite agree with this formulation for the reason that firstly, the paramount consideration has to be consensus. There cannot be “ekla chalo” model on the President’s selection. Secondly, Gopal Krishna Gandhi was our choice more than five years ago and was again a front-runner this time. One cannot be blamed if for a variety of reasons he declined gracefully. Yashwant Sinha is a powerful name with rich experience and represents a thinking process about whatever is wrong with the BJP. I do not mean the slightest disrespect to the NDA candidate and she has every right to vigorously campaign and claim the Presidency but that should not detract from the continuous efforts of every segment of the Opposition for the last several days to provide a very respectable ideological opponent.On the ED’s questioning of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress has been attacking the government accusing it of misusing the agency. The party has called the ED’s summoning “illegal”. Then why hasn’t the party approached the court or taken a legal recourse?It’s completely wrong to suggest that “confinement by questioning” or “detention through questioning” for 55 hours over 5 days can be attacked only by going to court. The whole point is that there’s nothing to go to court about. Interminable questioning was intended for harassment, heaping insults and political objectives. Certainly Rahul Gandhi could have sought anticipatory bail but we had resolutely decided not to do so because he was confident in standing up to such intimidation. How can the ED first act perversely and unreasonably and then put the ball in our court saying we should seek legal redress for their unreasonable behaviour.I can personally tell you that when the summons for questioning first came to Sonia Gandhi, it was difficult to restrain her from going even with Covid at the initial stage. She has been raring to go and will go immediately when medical advice permits. However, elementary medical knowledge tells us that exposure to collateral infection must be avoided, especially at her age, and that is the simple reason why time has been sought.First, let me briefly address the political part. No doubt this is a storm which should have been partly combated preventively. But one must never brush aside the humongous immoral conduct of the BJP. Luxury buses, 3 or 4 jets, trans-Indian coverage from Surat to Guwahati and over 70 rooms in luxury hotels and resorts do not come cheap. All escorts were provided by BJP leaders visible on camera and all protection by police of BJP-ruled states. Now we know how 90% of the money from electoral bonds which admittedly and officially goes to the ruling party is utilised. They are the last persons who have any right to preach or moralise or feign ignorance.Turning now to the legal, the options are limited because all of them, first and foremost, depend on the numbers. However, firstly any Chief Minister can recommend dissolution (of the Assembly) subject to the caveat that a Governor is not obliged to accept that recommendation if there is sufficient material to show that the recommendation is based upon a minority support. Secondly, the Governor is within his or her rights to order a floor test if some group so claims and the Governor on demonstrable material finds that the incumbent does not have numbers. Thirdly, the anti-defection law clearly kicks in but is unfortunately time-consuming. Thus, while in a properly constituted complaint with sufficient natural justice for hearing, the Speaker or Deputy Speaker would be fully entitled to disqualify those who have jumped ship, that may practically be of no use given the time lag involved. Fourthly, Indian genius has found enough ways of circumventing the anti-defection law by resigning, creating artificial deductions in the total pool of voting and then after toppling the government by such illegal shenanigans getting re-appointed as ministers with a six month window left for the election. Fifthly, if by any last minute retrieval, Uddhav Thackeray gets the numbers, he himself is entitled to call for a vote of confidence. Unfortunately, in all of this the Congress remains an outsider but a self-professed clear strong supporter (of Thackeray).On the contrary, I believe the Aghadi (MVA coalition) has had a highly desirable convergence of views to the center point of reasonableness of the Hindu religion. Aghadi is absolutely right in saying that this is the brand of Hinduism which is true Hinduism and not the distorted, politically expedient and hyperventilating, breast-beating of the BJP. In that sense a lot of aberrations and distortions have been ironed out to the golden mean which Aghadi has adopted.Undoubtedly, the elections will happen on time. And undoubtedly everyone is free to stand. And we must all respectfully await the results. Naysayers and doomsdayers will keep on creating negative scenarios because it does not suit their script. There is a wait of hardly a few months and we must therefore all await the eating-of-the-pudding before sermonising.You are also the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home. The committee is travelling to the Northeast. What is on its agenda?I’m equally privileged to be the Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home not only because it’s an extremely important committee but because its remit covers the wide vistas from the Northeast to issues of national security to a huge swathe of paramilitary forces and to the vital themes of Center-state relations and federalism. On these issues, we have already started discussions on infiltration and security and border security in the Northeast. We have already examined the CRPF and ITBP. Indeed, the trip to the Northeast was already finalised and about to take off from 25th to 30th but was postponed because of the terrible floods and landslides and logical difficulties.Lastly, Kapil Sibal, one of the key G-23 leaders, has left the Congress and some of the leaders of the group have been placated with positions. How do you see the development and the activities of the dissident or reformist group?As Mr Sibal has rightly refused to comment on the Congress, the latter should equally rightly reciprocate. As far as your larger question on G-23 is concerned, I believe that the primary justification of such a grouping can only be suggestions for reform, which were intensively discussed and openly thrashed for over three days at the Udaipur Shivir. With (internal) elections round the corner, I think every legitimate demand of this G-23 has either been met or about to be met.

Abhishek Singhvi interview: ‘Yashwant Sinha is a powerful name (for Prez poll) with rich experience… (who exposes) whatever is wrong with BJP’
  • Why Yashwant Sinha is about Opposition’s lack of ideas, not unity
  • Times of India

  • Your Daily Wrap: Shinde plunges MVA govt into ‘Maha’ crisis, Oppn names Yashwant Sinha for Presidential polls; and more
  • The Indian Express

    ◾ We track the big story of the day, from Maharashtra, where the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has been plunged into turmoil with around 30 MLAs, led by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde moving to Gujarat. While Shinde has always sworn allegiance to the Sena and Thackerays, there have been murmurs in recent months that he was “unhappy” over the way the party was being run and the treatment being meted out to old Sainiks like him. But will his move lead to the fall of the MVA government in the state? Here’s a look at the numbers as we bring to you live coverage from the two states.◾ The Opposition has reached a consensus over its consensus candidate for the Presidential election next month. Former Union minister and Trinamool Congress leader Yashwant Sinha has been named as the common candidate of the Opposition, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said during a meeting of opposition parties. Nurtured by Advani, picked to head the prestigious Finance and External Affairs Ministries in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of 1999 to 2004, Sinha has reshaped his political profile since leaving the BJP under Narendra Modi.◾ There will be no roll back of the Agnipath scheme as it is for the good of the armed forces and even the youth who get trained through it, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said. He also said there would be ample employment opportunities for Agniveers as by the time they retire from the forces, India will have a $5 trillion economy and industries will be vying to employ disciplined, trainable youth. In an interview to ANI, Doval also spoke about the controversy over remarks against Prophet Mohammad, saying it has damaged India’s reputation internationally as they have projected the country in a manner that is far from the truth.◾ On International Yoga Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yoga has become a global festival as there is widespread acceptance of the ancient Indian practice. “The acceptance of that amrit spirit of India which gave energy to India’s freedom struggle. That is why mass yoga demonstrations are being organised at 75 iconic locations across the country,” PM Modi said in Mysuru. While the Modi government has been consistently pushing for the day on a global scale since first coming to power in 2014, this year marks a new kind of reach, with the Ministry of External Affairs’s ‘Guardian Ring for Yoga’. As per this, yoga is to be performed across the globe at sunrise in their respective countries — from 3 am IST in Japan to 10 pm in America and Canada.◾ Meanwhile, as people participated in yoga events across the globe, a crowd stormed a stadium in Maldives’s Male, where more than 150 people, including diplomats and government officers, were taking part in an event organised by the Indian Embassy. Police used tear gas and pepper spray as the crowd attacked participants and vandalised property.◾ AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam (OPS) appears to be on the losing wicket ahead of a crucial meeting of the party where joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) is likely to press for a single leadership system. Senior AIADMK leaders who support EPS have questioned OPS and rejected his proposal for postponement of the June 23 party general counsel meeting. Senior AIADMK leaders told The Indian Express that EPS is likely to pass the resolution for single leadership at the party meeting. Arun Janardhan reports.Political Pulse◾ As the violent protests over the Agnipath scheme subside, allies JD(U) and BJP are circling around each other as they weigh the way forward. While the protests and open attacks have further strained ties between the two, neither looks ready to snap the same just yet. In fact, a message has gone out from the BJP high command to state unit leaders to hold their peace even under provocation from the other side. Liz Mathew and Santosh Singh report.◾ From the Urdu Press, this week: As protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme swept through the country, resulting in violence and mayhem in some states prompting several Opposition parties to seek its rollback, a demand rejected by the ruling BJP, the reporting and analysis of this entire story dominated the news and opinion pages of the country’s leading Urdu newspapers. A look at them.Express Explained◾ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a notification disallowing non-bank prepaid wallets and prepaid cards from loading credit lines — preset borrowing limits — into these platforms. This comes in the backdrop of a boom in credit instruments such as fintech-driven credit cards and buy-now-pay-later wallets. What does the notification say and what does it mean for fintech firms? Read here.◾ Gujarat has inaugurated the state’s first multi-level railway-over-bridge and flyover built at the cost of Rs 133.50 crore. A look at the three-level bridge, its features and how it will change life for commuters in Surat.◾ Preparing for Civil Services and other competitive examinations. Read The Indian Express’ UPSC Key and UPSC Essentials to stay informed.

  • Yashwant Sinha: From key Advani aide to Oppn presidential candidate against BJP
  • The Economic Times

    Yashwant Sinha's nearly four-decade-old political life has been marked by bureaucratic efficiency and close association with top leaders, ranging from socialist ideologue Chandra Shekhar to saffron stalwart L K Advani, earning the former IAS officer key party and government positions before his political stars waned in the last decade with the rise of a new BJP leadership. However, his sharp critique of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in media over a host of issues running the gamut of policy to politics and tireless efforts to unite anti-BJP forces also ensured the octogenarian leader a space in the opposition camp which has now settled on him as its joint candidate for the presidential election, a high of his public life when it appeared all but over. Former Union minister Sinha will be the consensus presidential candidate of several opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the Samajwadi Party, the parties said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Sinha, who served as Finance Minister in the short-lived Chandra Shekhar government and also in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee dispensation, has always carried a rebel streak. He boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of the V P Singh government in 1989 and then went all out against then BJP president Nitin Gadkari in 2013 over alleged corruption charges when the Maharashtra leader was set to get a second term. MORE STORIES FOR YOU✕Presidential election: Non-BJP parties mulling Yashwant Sinha as possible joint opposition candidateDoes the opposition finally have a Presidential candidate? Yashwant Sinha's ‘time to step aside' tweet before the big meetPresidential Polls: Ex-union minister Yashwant Sinha emerges as candidate for Opposition« Back to recommendation storiesI don't want to see these stories becauseThey are not relevant to meThey disrupt the reading flowOthersSUBMIT Gadkari was forced to quit but Sinha's actions, which many believed had the blessings of Advani, further pushed him to the margins of the party whose rank and file always nursed resentment over the rise of a leader not really dyed in the saffron wool. When the BJP denied him a Lok Sabha ticket in 2014 and instead fielded his son Jayant Sinha, it did little to placate him. He quit the BJP in 2018, alleging that democracy was in danger and joined the Trinamool Congress in 2021. Born in Bihar and a Bihar-cadre IAS officer, he quit the administrative service after 24 years in 1984 and joined the Janata Party whose leader Chandra Shekhar took a liking to him, considered competent, articulate and clear-headed. He had also served as a principal secretary to the then Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur, also a socialist stalwart. Sinha was soon entrusted with the key position of general secretary and made his debut in Rajya Sabha in 1988. Various opposition leaders, including Chandra Shekhar, joined hands to form the Janata Dal to take on the Congress in the 1989 poll, and Sinha followed his mentor when he split the party to topple the V P Singh government. As fortunes of Chandra Shekhar declined and the BJP emerged as the principal challenger to the Congress, Sinha joined the party under the influence of Advani, with whom he shared a good bond. He was given key responsibilities, including the leader of opposition in Bihar, and later won Lok Sabha poll from Hazaribagh in 1998, the year Vajpayee led his party to form its first regular government after the 13-day stint in 1996 when he resigned after failing to put together a majority in the House. He remained Finance Minister till 2002 and then made External Affairs Minister. It was during his term as Finance Minister that the colonial practice to present the Union Budget at 5 pm was junked. He has been credited with ushering in reforms and rationalisation of taxes during the Vajpayee era, though it did not make either him or the government a favourite with the RSS-backed 'Swadeshi' school of economic thought, seen to be a reason for his shift from the ministry. With the BJP-led NDA having a distinct numerical advantage over the opposition, Sinha's prospects seem bleak in what appear to be largely a symbolic fight. But he can be counted to make the most of it.

Daily Briefing: Ready to walk out of MVA alliance if rebel MLAs return, says Raut; Delhi sends ‘technical team’ to Kabul
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

Good morning, As the political crisis in Maharashtra plays out, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi appeared to be on the verge of collapse after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray lost the support of majority party MLAs who rallied behind rebel leader Eknath Shinde. Here are the top four things to know:🔴 With Shinde’s call for ending the alliance with the “ideologically opposed” NCP and Congress, Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party was ready to walk out of the MVA government if the rebel MLAs “come back within 24 hours.”🔴 In first public remarks after the revolt, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said “whether this government is in a minority or not will be tested on the floor of the Assembly”.🔴 Congress leaders are also increasingly worried about the fate of their own MLAs in Maharashtra. A section of the party believes many of the MLAs are “vulnerable” and that the central leadership is taking no real interest in keeping the flock together.🔴 Declaring Shinde as their group leader, Sena rebels pledged support and vested absolute powers on him to take any decision on their behalf. However, from proving the support of at least 37 MLAs to staking claim over the original Shiv Sena and its symbol, Shinde is set to face legal hurdles.In an Opinion column, Mrinal Pande likens the Maharashtra political crisis to a Greco-Roman war. On the Sena rebels being shifted to Guwahati despite the floods plaguing the beleaguered land of Assam, she writes: “Such indifference to public opinion brings to mind Herodotus, witness to the endless bloodied procession of armies during the multicultural wars and the end of Xerxes, the powerful Persian King of Kings: “The end is not apparent from the very outset.”Taking an incremental step towards reopening the Indian embassy in Afghanistan, Delhi sent a “technical team” to Kabul where it will be stationed at the embassy to coordinate delivery of humanitarian aid, a day after a deadly earthquake claimed over 1,000 lives in the country.A Madras High Court order foiled a concerted bid by the dominant faction of AIADMK, led by former chief minister E K Palaniswami, to seize complete control of the party and sideline the other senior leader O Panneerselvam. The court restrained the AIADMK from implementing a unitary leadership system by amending party bylaws at its general council meeting near Chennai on Thursday.Appearing to target NATO and the Quad (of which India is a part), Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said the world “must abandon Cold War mentality” and “bloc confrontation” — and “oppose unilateral sanctions and abuse of sanctions”.The Happy Works space in Kolkata is not your typical co-working set-up. With working pods painted a vibrant yellow, free high-speed Wi-Fi and air conditioning, it was launched by the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation or HIDCO, a public sector undertaking, in the city’s New Town area. Its minimal rates — starting at Rs 30 for the first 90 minutes — has made it popular among freelancers, upcoming entrepreneurs and working mothers.Khalsa Television Limited surrendered its licence to broadcast in the UK earlier this week on June 21 after an investigation by the country’s media regulator found that its channel, Khalsa Television (KTV), had breached broadcasting rules with Khalistani propaganda. The channel, which has faced hefty fines for violating broadcasting regulations in the past as well, has been off air in the UK since March 31.What led to the cancellation of its licence? Khalsa Television Limited surrendered its licence to broadcast in the UK on June 21 after an investigation by the country’s media watchdog, Office of Communications (Ofcom), found that the KTV had breached broadcasting rules by beaming incendiary and separatist propaganda in a programme called Prime Time, which was beamed on December 30 last year. Ofcom investigation found that the show “promoted violence, including murder, as an acceptable and necessary form of action to further the Khalistani cause”.While it continues to be ostracised from world sport following the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has offered to help India in hosting the 2036 Olympics if the bid receives backing from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Russia’s Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said his country’s “specialists will be happy to help in organising the Olympic Games in India”. Although no concrete official move has been made, India has repeatedly expressed interest to host the 2036 Games with Ahmedabad as the central city.Until tomorrow,Rahel Philipose and Sonal Gupta

Daily Briefing: Ready to walk out of MVA alliance if rebel MLAs return, says Raut; Delhi sends ‘technical team’ to Kabul
Aaditya Thackeray Stepped Out At Midnight. This Happened Next
Ndtv | 2 days ago
Ndtv
2 days ago

Maharashtra crisis: Aaditya Thackeray said Uddhav Thackeray's health was fine.Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray stepped out of his home past midnight amid a worsening scenario for the Shiv Sena with the rebellion against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray getting stronger by the day.The Thackerays shifted to their family home 'Matoshree' from the Chief Minister's official residence 'Varsha' on Wednesday, as minister Eknath Shinde, leading the mega revolt while camping in BJP-ruled Assam, threatens to split the party and claim its leadership.#MaharashtraCrisis | State Minister Aaditya Thackeray came out of 'Matoshree', the family residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai, at midnight to interact with the media.(ANI) pic.twitter.com/scaDBbs2Fb— NDTV (@ndtv) June 24, 2022In a rather hearty conversation, Aaditya Thackeray was heard asking the journalist if they had their meal. Voices could be heard telling the journalists to turn off their cameras as the minister told them he's not there to give any statement.He further said Uddhav Thackeray's health was fine, on being asked about the Chief Minister who is down with Covid.Aaditya Thackeray's midnight chat with the journalists comes amid a mega revolt in the Shiv Sena, which is threating to topple the Maharashtra government led by Sena, Congress, and Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.The Eknath Shinde camp has asserted that Sena's alliance with NCP and Congress is "unnatural", and that it should restore its alliance with the BJP.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Shinde, 58, has reached the critical number of MLAs, 37, required to split the party in the assembly without falling foul of the anti-defection law. His total strength is now 42.Speaking to NDTV this morning, the rebel minister claimed the support of over 50 MLAs, including nearly 40 out of 55 Shiv Sena legislators.

Aaditya Thackeray Stepped Out At Midnight. This Happened Next
Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes a dig at former one over Maha firefighting job
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

INDORE/BHOPAL: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took a dig at former CM Kamal Nath, who has been sent to Maharashtra by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi as troubleshooter during the ongoing political crisis there. "Someone who failed to save his own government in Madhya Pradesh is now being sent to rescue Shiv Sena in Maharashtra," Chouhan remarked at a campaign rally for the civic polls in Ujjain on Thursday. "Kamal Nath has left for Maharashtra. Why has he been sent there? To save the government. One who wasn't able save his government in MP will now save the government in Maharashtra," Chouhan said. "Ye ajab-gajab kand hai (this is a strange case). Can this Congress do you any good? It can't. It is taking the last breaths," Chouhan said. While campaigning in Satna for BJP mayoral candidate Yogesh Tamrakar and corporator candidates, Chouhan launched a scathing attack on Congress . "The BJP has given a mayoral candidate to Satna but Congress has given the ticket to a sitting MLA (Siddharth Kushwaha). PCC chief Kamal Nath could not get a candidate other than his MLA," Chouhan said. "No other worker has been born in the Congress party, so the MLA will contest for mayoral as well," he added. Addressing a public meeting to appeal for votes for BJP candidates, Chouhan said, "I want to ask you, did Congress ever give free rations? So ask yourselves from the heart, why should you give votes to Congress? Five kgs of grains is being sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 5 more kg is being sent by Mama (CM Chouhan). Do not be concerned, the poor will not sleep empty stomach in this state." Chouhan alleged that when Nath was chief minister, he removed a lot of names from the beneficiaries list of Sambal Yojana. "He stopped the scheme. But the BJP government will not just give rations, our government has given 5,000 houses to beneficiaries in Satna town under the PM Awas Yojana," Chouhan said. "No poor person will live in a kuchha house anymore, within the next two years all poor families will be given money to construct pucca homes," he said. On Kushwaha, the CM said, "The mayoral candidate for the Congress here is saying that there's nothing special in being an MLA. I have sent Rs 1,000 crore for Smart City development and he has his eyes on it. Kamal Nath was chief minister for 15 months and he only destroyed the state. There was no work other than corruption."

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes a dig at former one over Maha firefighting job
  • Shivraj takes a dig at Nath over Maha firefighting job
  • Times of India

    Indore/Bhopal: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took a dig at former CM Kamal Nath, who has been sent to Maharashtra by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi as troubleshooter during the ongoing political crisis there.“Someone who failed to save his own government in Madhya Pradesh is now being sent to rescue Shiv Sena in Maharashtra,” Chouhan remarked at a campaign rally for the civic polls in Ujjain on Thursday.“Kamal Nath has left for Maharashtra. Why has he been sent there? To save the government. One who wasn’t able save his government in MP will now save the government in Maharashtra,” Chouhan said. “Ye ajab-gajab kand hai (this is a strange case). Can this Congress do you any good? It can’t. It is taking the last breaths,” Chouhan said.While campaigning in Satna for BJP mayoral candidate Yogesh Tamrakar and corporator candidates, Chouhan launched a scathing attack on Congress .“The BJP has given a mayoral candidate to Satna but Congress has given the ticket to a sitting MLA (Siddharth Kushwaha). PCC chief Kamal Nath could not get a candidate other than his MLA,” Chouhan said. “No other worker has been born in the Congress party, so the MLA will contest for mayoral as well,” he added.Addressing a public meeting to appeal for votes for BJP candidates, Chouhan said, “I want to ask you, did Congress ever give free rations? So ask yourselves from the heart, why should you give votes to Congress? Five kgs of grains is being sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 5 more kg is being sent by Mama (CM Chouhan). Do not be concerned, the poor will not sleep empty stomach in this state.”Chouhan alleged that when Nath was chief minister, he removed a lot of names from the beneficiaries list of Sambal Yojana. “He stopped the scheme. But the BJP government will not just give rations, our government has given 5,000 houses to beneficiaries in Satna town under the PM Awas Yojana,” Chouhan said.“No poor person will live in a kuchha house anymore, within the next two years all poor families will be given money to construct pucca homes,” he said.On Kushwaha, the CM said, “The mayoral candidate for the Congress here is saying that there’s nothing special in being an MLA. I have sent Rs 1,000 crore for Smart City development and he has his eyes on it. Kamal Nath was chief minister for 15 months and he only destroyed the state. There was no work other than corruption.”

Punjab Cong tears into AAP govt over state’s law and order
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

Punjab Congress leaders on Thursday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for “complete collapse” of law and order in the state. The party questioned the “failure of the Punjab Police in nabbing the culprits responsible for the killing of Sidhu Moosewala”.Addressing a joint press conference here, Punjab Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the leader of the opposition in Punjab assembly Partap Singh Bajwa and others asserted that “the situation in Punjab was deteriorating fast and they feared it might drift to a point of no return”. The party asked, “If the CM himself is threatened, who can be safe in Punjab.”Former deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, deputy CLP leader Raj Kumar Chabbewal, former minister Sukh Sarkaria and senior leader Sukhpal Khaira were also present at the press conference.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Warring said, “24 days have passed, and Punjab Police continue to be clueless about the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. Whatever progress has been made is only because of Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police.”The Congress leaders asked Punjab Police, “What have you done in the case so far. Even the prime suspect, Lawrence Bishnoi, was handed over to the Punjab Police by Delhi Police which they are claiming as a achievement.”Referring to “frequent calls for ransom to people across the state”, Bajwa said, “Even Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had himself revealed that he had also received threat calls. Ideally, a mature CM would not make such information public as this would shatter the already-shaken confidence of people in the government.”

Punjab Cong tears into AAP govt over state’s law and order
Delhi Confidential: New CWC Picks
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

A MONTH after the Congress at its Udaipur shivir decided to give 50 per cent representation to those aged below 50 at all levels, including the CWC, party chief Sonia Gandhi Thursday inducted four new members into the CWC but age clearly was not a consideration. It was rather a mix of caste calculations, loyalty and inner-party accommodation. Former Rajya Sabha MP T Subbarami Reddy, who was made a permanent invitee, is 79. He was rewarded for his loyalty. His induction is also aimed at sending a message to the influential Reddy community. Kumari Selja, who was made a CWC member, is close to Sonia. She was recently replaced as Haryana Congress chief with a close associate of Bhupinder Singh Hooda. A former Rajya Sabha MP, she also did not get renominated. Ajay Kumar Lallu, who was made a special invitee, is the only one among the four who is under 50. The 42-year-old had to be accommodated since he was asked to resign as UP Congress chief after the Assembly election loss. Abhishek Singhvi, a Rajya Sabha MP and noted lawyer, is the party’s go to man for everything legal. With Sonia and Rahul Gandhi facing ED heat in the National Herald case, his entry into the CWC shows the party’s increasing reliance on him.In TransitAICC GENERAL secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at the Mumbai Airport amid the unfolding political drama in Maharashtra sparked a buzz on Thursday. But it turned out that she was in transit on her way to the Maldives. She was at the airport for one hour to change planes. Her daughter turns 20 and she is completing her diving instructors’ course in the Maldives. Priyanka is expected to return by the end of this month.Hope FloatsIN THE backdrop of two key appointments — of former Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta as the new NIA chief and IB Special Director Swagat Das as Special Secretary in the Home Ministry, hopes have been rekindled for possible new chiefs at the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing. With the government dithering on police appointments — the NIA was without a regular chief for over a year — it was speculated that the Centre may go for further extension of incumbents Arvind Kumar and Samant Goel in the two agencies, respectively. The extended tenure of both officers is coming to an end on June 30. Even the extended tenure of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla is going to end on August 31.

Delhi Confidential: New CWC Picks
  • Delhi Confidential: Crucial Role
  • The Indian Express

    FOR THE national BJP leadership, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been the point person for the party’s affairs in the Northeast so far. But now with the rebel group of Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde moving from Gujarat to Assam, Sarma has become the centre of attention for a different reason. On Wednesday, he seemed to take a cue from Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s assertion that his MLAs were in Assam to visit its wildlife sanctuary. When asked by reporters about the Sena MLAs in his state, Sarma said: “Why should there be reason for any controversy regarding their visit? We welcome all tourists to visit Assam now as we need funds to deal with floods.”Discordant NoteON A day the Congress was battling to keep the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in alive, the party’s Uttar Pradesh leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam created a flutter by demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. “Respecting the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray should quit as CM without any delay to protect the Maratha pride,” Krishnam tweeted. Congress general secretary (communication) Jairam Ramesh swung into action to contain the damage by distancing the party from the tweet. “Neither is this the Congress’s view, nor is Acharya Pramod Krishnam the party’s official spokesperson,” Ramesh tweeted.Making A PointDURING HIS tour of Sikkim and North Bengal, and his inspection of the Bengal Safari North Bengal Wild Animals Park on Wednesday, Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Choubey adopted a one-year-old tiger under the park’s Adoption Program. The minister paid Rs 2 lakh for the maintenance of the tiger for the period of one year. He said he adopted the tiger in remembrance of the victims of the Kedarnath tragedy, stressing the balance between wildlife protection and nature conservation. Incidentally, amid the ongoing protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme, the minister decided to christen the tiger Agniveer, after the candidates who will be recruited under the new scheme.

MVA end nears, Uddhav loses control, Sena says can exit govt if rebels return
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra appeared to be on the verge of collapse Thursday after Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray lost the support of majority party MLAs who rallied behind rebel leader Eknath Shinde and his call for ending the alliance with the “ideologically opposed” NCP and Congress.In a tacit admission that Uddhav was no longer in control of his legislators, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party was ready to walk out of the MVA government.“If you are Shiv Sainiks, if you are saying that you are not leaving Shiv Sena and that your issue is with the government, then Shiv Sena is willing to walk out of the government and MVA alliance. But first show the courage to come here and put forward your demands in front of Uddhav Saheb. Surely, it will be considered. Come back within 24 hours, we will sit with Uddhav Saheb and think on accepting your demands,” he said.In the same breath, Raut said, “We are in contact with 21 MLA who are in Guwahati and when they come to Mumbai, they will be with us. If there is a situation of floor test, I am sure they will vote for the MVA alliance.”Until Wednesday night, a total of 32 Sena MLAs were in the Shinde camp in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam. But that number touched 37 — Shinde needed the support of 37 of the 55 Sena MLAs to form a breakaway group and avoid the anti-defection law — when five more MLAs switched sides and headed to Guwahati Thursday.While three MLAs — Deepak Kesarkar, Sada Sarvankar, Aashish Jaiswal — joined Shinde early Thursday morning, another two — Dada Bhuse and Sanjay Rathod – reached Guwahati in the evening.In the House of 288 which is currently at 287 owing to the death of Sena MLA Ramesh Latke last month, the MVA needs at least 144 MLAs. Before the revolt, its strength in the House was 152 — Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44. The BJP strength is 106 while Others account for the remaining 29.Hoping to return to power, and not willing to reveal its cards yet, the BJP has been waiting for Shinde to rustle up the numbers that he needs to beat the anti-defection law.Uddhav, who moved out of the Chief Minister’s official residence Varsha Wednesday night along with his family and belongings, called a virtual meeting of all party MLAs Thursday. Only 18 MLAs including son Aaditya Thackeray attended the meeting. While Uddhav and Aaditya attended the meeting from Matoshree, the MLAs were called to Varsha in the afternoon.Also present at the meeting were MLAs Kailas Patil and Nitin Deshmukh who claimed they were forcibly taken to the Shinde camp. At a press conference addressed by Raut, the two MLAs narrated how they were taken to Surat and then to Guwahati by Shinde and how they struggled to return.While Deshmukh claimed he escaped from the camp, the Shinde camp released videos and photographs of them travelling in chartered aircraft and claimed they were sent back because they wanted to return.Meanwhile, newly appointed Shiv Sena legislature party leader Ajay Choudhari met acting Speaker Narhari Zhirwal, asking him to take action against 12 MLAs who had joined the Shinde faction for violating party discipline.Shinde hit back via Twitter posts, saying “Who are you trying to scare? Even we know the law, and this whip is applicable for only the legislative assembly, not meetings held outside. In this regard, the Supreme Court has already given its verdict… You cannot scare us by demanding action against 12 MLAs by submitting a letter. We are the real Shiv Sainiks and we are the Shiv Sena of Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray.”Shinde sent Zhirwal a letter stating that he had been appointed the Sena leader in the House and Bharat Gogawale the party Chief Whip.Earlier, Choudhari said, “I have submitted our petition to Zhirwal and we want action against them.” Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, “We called for two meetings on June 22 and a whip was issued by Sunil Prabhu. These MLAs were given notices and asked why they were not present. Some gave explanations, maybe real or fake. Some did not give explanations. Hence, we asked for disqualification of 12 MLAs: Eknath Shinde, Tanaji Sawant, Prakash Surve, Balaji Kinikar, Anil Babar, Lata Sonawane, Yamini Jadhav, Sanjay Shirsat, Bharat Gogawale, Sandeepan Bhumre, Abdul Sattar and Mahesh Shinde. We will ask the Speaker to take action.”

MVA end nears, Uddhav loses control, Sena says can exit govt if rebels return
  • Shiv Sena Ready To Exit MVA If Rebels MLAs..., Says Sanjay Raut; Congress, NCP Respond
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    New Delhi: Even as political crisis in Maharashtra deepened, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday urged rebel MLAs, who have been camping in Guwahati, to return to Mumbai and discuss their issues with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Raut also claimed that the Shiv Sena is ready to “consider exiting out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) if this is the will of all the MLAs” under one condition – the rebel MLAs will have to convey the message directly to CM Uddhav Thackeray and discuss the issues with him.Also Read - Amid Maharashtra Crisis, CM Uddhav Thackeray Vacates Official Residence With Family For Matoshree | 10 Points“MLAs should not communicate from Guwahati, they should come back to Mumbai and discuss all this with CM. We are ready to consider exiting out of MVA if this is the will of all MLAs, but for that, they have to come here and discuss it with the CM,” Sanjay Raut said.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 pic.twitter.com/xE7MvuL5L8— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2022Moments after Sanjay Raut’s MVA exit remark, the Congress held a party meeting at Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai. Senior Congress leaders HK Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Nana Patole and Ashok Chavan had attended the crucial meeting. The NCP camp led by Ajit Pawar also held a crucial party meet in Mumbai.Reacting to Sanjay Raut’s MVA exit remark, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole said the party will not have any problem if “Shiv Sena wants to form an alliance with any other party”. “We are 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 are with MVA and will remain. If they (Shiv Sena) want to form an alliance with anyone, we don’t have a problem,” Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole said.Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar, in a presser, said the party would support CM Uddhav Thackeray till he resigns. situation. It is the responsibility of all the three parties (NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena) to save the government. Only Sanjay Raut knows why he made such a statement (Shiv Sena mulling to exit MVA),” Ajit Pawar said.Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil also said the party stands firmly with CM Uddhav Thackeray.महाराष्ट्र विकास आघाडी हे महाराष्ट्राचा विकास आणि कल्याणासाठी स्थापन झालेले सरकार आहे. श्री. उद्धवजी ठाकरे यांच्यासोबत आम्ही शेवट पर्यंत ठामपणे उभे आहोत. वंदनीय बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या विचारांशी प्रतारणा होईल असे वर्तन कोणताही सच्चा शिवसैनिक करणार नाही, असा मला विश्वास आहे.— Jayant Patil- जयंत पाटील (@Jayant_R_Patil) June 23, 2022Recap: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party is ready to come out of the MVA government if the rebel MLAs are willing for it.

  • Return In 24 Hours, Will Consider Quitting Alliance: Shiv Sena To Rebels
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    At least 40 Sena MLAs have joined Eknath Shinde camp.Mumbai: The Shiv Sena has asked Eknath Shinde, leading a revolt against Uddhav Thackeray, and other rebel MLAs to "return in 24 hours," assuring them it will consider their demand to quit the ruling alliance. Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:"We are ready to walk out of MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi) government in Maharashtra, but party rebels should return to Mumbai (from Guwahati) in 24 hours," Sanjay Raut, who is Shiv Sena's chief spokesperson, said.Eknath Shinde, camping in Guwahati with around 41 MLAs, has demanded the Sena break its alliance with the Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP, saying that the Shiv Sainiks have suffered the most in the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition's rule.Deepak Kesarkar, who is among the latest to join the party's rebel camp led by Eknath Shinde, said that the rebels do not want Uddhav Thackeray to resign as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. "Instead, we want him to get into an alliance with the BJP and form a new government with a natural ally," he told NDTV. "As of yesterday (Eknath) Shinde had 37 Shiv Sena MLAs. Today I along with three others from Shiv Sena and one independent MLA reached here. Two to three are expected to reach in the next few hours," Mr Kesakar told NDTV.The rebel MLAs have also accused the Maharashtra Chief Minister of shutting his doors to them and keeping them waiting for hours. "We were denied entry to the Chief Minister's house for 2.5 years," wrote Sanjay Shirsat, one of the MLAs in Guwahati with the rebels.Uddhav Thackeray is reduced to a minority chief in the party founded and led for decades by his father, Bal Thackeray. Only 13 MLAs were present at a meeting called by him today, sources told NDTV. "When they (the MLAs) come to Mumbai, you will get to know, (it) will soon be revealed, in what circumstances, pressure these MLAs left us," he said." Sanjay Raut, who is Shiv Sena's chief spokesperson, said.The Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP -- the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra -- have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named as Chief Minister as a way out of the huge political crisis that has engulfed the ruling coalition, sources said.With the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition's existence at stake, Mr Thackeray on Wednesday mentioned his father and party founder Balasaheb Thackeray as he made an emotional address to rebels. "If my own people don't want me as Chief Minister, he should walk up to me and say so... I'm ready to resign... I am Balasaheb's son, I am not after a post," Uddhav Thackeray -- who tested positive for Covid -- said in a Facebook address Wednesday evening.The BJP says the political crisis in Maharashtra is the Shiv Sena's internal matter and that the party is not staking claim to form a government in the state. "We haven't spoken to Eknath Shinde. This is Shiv Sena's internal matter. BJP has nothing to do with this. We're not staking claim to form the government," Union Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve, who met party leader Devendra Fadnavis, told the media.Though Eknath Shinde's rebellion is the first under Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena has seen revolts by prominent figures on four occasions in its 56-year-old history, three of them under the watch of its charismatic founder Bal Thackeray. Comments

Shiv Sena MLAs ‘forcefully’ shifted to Assam, says Baghel
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

Raipur: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that Governor Anusuiya Uikey was in the reckoning for NDA’s presidential candidate but missed out because of her earlier association with Congress party.The BJP-led NDA has named Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha, as its candidate for the presidential elections scheduled on July 18. Uikey, who is also a prominent tribal leader, was a Congress MLA from Damua in MP’s Chhindwara before joining BJP in 1998. She was a Rajya Sabha MP from 2006-12 and was appointed Governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2019.“Anusuiya Uikey ji, hailing from a tribal community, was also in the race for the position of President of India but she didn’t get a chance as she was a Congress legislator earlier,” Baghel said, in response to a question from mediapersons.Back from Delhi on Wednesday night, the CM condemned BJP for trying to pull down the Shiv-Sena-led MVA government in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra have been “forcefully shifted to Assam”, Baghel told reporters at Raipur airport, adding, “It’s clearly an attempt at horse-trading, the way they were being pushed by police and threatened.”“When they were in opposition, ED had filed cases against Narayan Rane, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Mukul Roy, but when they changed parties, all became normal. Everyone knows when these people go there (to BJP), everything becomes clean. BJP aims to destabilize state governments where the opponent is in power,” Baghel said.“BJP is not a party that can tolerate opposition parties forming governments and goes out to destabilize them, just the way they did in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. Even in Chhattisgarh, they sometimes use ED and IT,” the Chhattisgarh CM alleged, adding: “Illegal phone-tapping has been common in the state since Raman Singh’s regime as calls of their own party leaders, officers and journalists were tapped.”

Shiv Sena MLAs ‘forcefully’ shifted to Assam, says Baghel