Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Shiv Sena MLAs To Meet At Uddhav Thackeray's Residence

Ndtv | 2 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 03:06 pm

Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Shiv Sena MLAs To Meet At Uddhav Thackeray's Residence

Maharashtra crisis: Eknath Shinde and other Sena MLAs reached Guwahati from Surat.New Delhi: The political impasse in Maharashtra entered its second day today with rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde reaching Guwahati from Surat along with scores of lawmakers of the party. Mr Shinde has claimed 46 MLAs are with him and asserted that he will not switch parties. He had demanded that the Sena restore its alliance with the BJP and jointly rule the state, sources said. Uddhav Thackeray chaired a crucial meeting of his cabinet virtually after he tested positive for Covid. Shiv Sena has now called a meeting of all MLAs at 5 pm at the Chief Minister's residence.Here are the Live Updates on Maharashtra Political Crisis:Get NDTV UpdatesTurn on notifications to receive alerts as this story develops.Jun 22, 2022 15:06 (IST)Several BJP leaders, including Narayan Rane, arrived at Devendra Fadnavis's residence in Mumbai. They will reportedly be discussing Constitutional provisions and the arithmetic required to stake a claim to form a government, sources said. He was in Delhi yesterday to meet the party's high command.Jun 22, 2022 14:51 (IST)Uddhav Thackeray says no proposal to dissolve Assembly: Maharashtra Congress chiefMaharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Wednesday said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has made it clear that there was no proposal to recommend dissolution of the state Assembly.Patole's remarks came in the backdrop of reports that the ongoing political developments in the state could lead to dissolution of the Assembly.Jun 22, 2022 14:34 (IST)#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis | "These rebel MLAs have betrayed Shiv Sena voters. These traitors must be taught a lesson": An emotional Shiv Sena women's wing leader in Aurangabad pic.twitter.com/TBGTUvW2X2- NDTV (@ndtv) June 22, 2022Jun 22, 2022 14:31 (IST) Unless the MLAs are back in Mumbai, no decision will be made": Sanjay Raut on speculation over Uddhav Thackeray resigningJun 22, 2022 14:12 (IST)No proposal from BJP: Eknath ShindeAs of now we have neither received any proposal from BJP nor are we holding any talks with them: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath ShindeJun 22, 2022 14:06 (IST)Shiv Sena MLAs have been asked to attend the meeting in messages sent via WhatsApp, email and SMS. Those who do not attend the meeting by 5 pm can may face action. "If you do not attend this meeting at 5 pm today, it will be presumed that you intend to leave the party and your membership is liable to be cancelled under the law," it reads.Jun 22, 2022 14:02 (IST)Maharashtra Political Crisis: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh Alleges He Was Kidnapped, Says He's With Uddhav ThackerayIn another sensational twist amid the political storm in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who was earlier presumed to have joined rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde, has resurfaced voicing his support for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.Jun 22, 2022 13:51 (IST)Cabinet meeting endsShiv Sena has called a meeting of all MLAs at 5 pm at Uddhav Thackeray's homeJun 22, 2022 13:26 (IST)Maharashtra cabinet meeting underwayThe Maharashtra cabinet meeting has begun. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is attending the meet since he has tested positive for CovidJun 22, 2022 13:16 (IST)A meeting of Congress party was held at the residence of Balasaheb Thorat todayJun 22, 2022 12:55 (IST)Uddhav Thackeray tests Covid positiveSenior Congress leader Kamal Nath told the reporters that Uddhav Thackeray has tested positive and he will chair the cabinet meeting virtually.Jun 22, 2022 12:39 (IST)What Numbers Say As Uddhav Thackeray Government Stares At DissolutionThe Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra appears to be in trouble after minister and rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde claimed the support of 46 MLAs this morning in an exclusive interview to NDTV after taking a 2.30 am flight to BJP-ruled Assam.  Jun 22, 2022 12:27 (IST)All is well in the NCP. I have no knowledge about Uddhav Thackeray resigning. Pawar saheb is meeting NCP MLAs to know what can be done further: Maharashtra Minister Hasan MushrifJun 22, 2022 12:15 (IST)Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut's 'Dismissal' Of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha Tweet Sparks BuzzShiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's tweet on "crisis leading to Maharashtra assembly dissolution" today dropped a big hint that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, facing a coup in his party, was ready to dissolve the assembly.Jun 22, 2022 11:45 (IST)#NewsAlert | Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut hints towards the dissolution of the Legislative Assemblyhttps://t.co/CzAJenlAHG- NDTV (@ndtv) June 22, 2022Jun 22, 2022 11:35 (IST) Sharad Pawar expresses displeasure over no intelligence on Eknath Shinde flying out with MLAs in his meeting with Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and other NCP leaders: SourcesJun 22, 2022 11:11 (IST)#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis | "Over a period of time, they (rebel MLAs) were feeling suffocated, and now they have rebelled. Their numbers are enough to form a new government but the way things are trickling down, this could rise to 50 (MLAs)": Alok Vats, BJP pic.twitter.com/EW9FhbunVB- NDTV (@ndtv) June 22, 2022Jun 22, 2022 11:11 (IST)Jun 22, 2022 11:06 (IST)Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari admitted to hospitalAmid the brewing political crisis, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been admitted to a hospital after testing positive for Covid. However, he can be reached via video conferencingJun 22, 2022 10:45 (IST)Eknath Shinde is our friend: Sanjay RautEknath Shinde is a old party member, he is our friend, we've worked together for decades. It's neither easy for him nor for us to leave each other, said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay RautJun 22, 2022 10:39 (IST)"Spoke to Eknath Shinde, they'll come back": Sanjay Raut on rebel MLAs#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis | "Spoke to Eknath Shinde for an hour in the morning...we're in currently in talks will all the rebel MLAs. They continue to be with Shiv Sena": Party leader Sanjay Raut pic.twitter.com/93vfOphcbb- NDTV (@ndtv) June 22, 2022Jun 22, 2022 10:32 (IST)Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari admitted to hospitalMaharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was admitted to HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Mumbai after he tested positive for Covid-19.Jun 22, 2022 10:29 (IST) A banner, reading 'Your arrogance would last 4 days, our kingship is inherited', seen outside the residence of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in Mumbai. The banner has been put up by Shiv Sena Corporator Deepmala Badhe. Image credit: ANIJun 22, 2022 10:27 (IST) What does the law say on split of a political party in assembly ?Section 4 of the Tenth Schedule says, "the merger of the original political party of a member of a House shall be deemed to have taken place if, and only if, not less than two-thirds of the members of the legislature party concerned have agreed to such merger"Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs:2/3rd means - 37 MLAs.If Eknath Shinde manages the support of 37 MLAs, his faction can be recognised as a separate party in the assembly, and they cannot be disqualified for defection under the Anti-Defection law.Regarding split of a political party in regard to the party and symbol:Election Commission is the adjudicating authority for any disputes within a party. The ECI is the quasi-judicial forum to settle the disputes.If two factions claim for the party and the symbol, the faction that holds the majority of1. MLAs, MPs and MLCs2. Officer-bearers in the top bodies like Rashtriya Karyarini, Pratinidhi Sabha will be recognised as the party and the party symbol will be allotted to that faction.Jun 22, 2022 10:14 (IST)Upset With How Congress, Sharad Pawar's Party Function: Rebel Sena MLAMaharashtra minister Sandipan Bhumare, who is among the dissidents, said they do not have any complaints against the Sena leadership, but they have been upset with the style of function of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, the other two ruling alliance partners in the state.Jun 22, 2022 09:58 (IST)Maharashtra Congress MLAs meet to discuss political situationAmid the political turmoil in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Maharashtra Congress MLAs held a meeting at Legislature Party leader Balasaheb Thorat's residence in Mumbai on Tuesday.The meeting was presided over by Maharashtra Congress-incharge HK Patil. In the meeting, 42 out of 44 Congress MLAs were present, along with party leaders Nana Patole, Ashok Chavan and others.Jun 22, 2022 09:42 (IST)"BJP Will Fail": Shiv Sena Mouthpiece Slams "Traitor" MLAsShiv Sena came down heavily on the BJP today as it faced a crisis in Maharashtra, with several of its MLAs camping in Guwahati led by state minister Eknath Shinde. Calling the developments a BJP ploy to topple the three-party coalition government led by Uddhav Thackeray, the party asserted in an editorial in its mouthpiece "Saamana" that such attempts will fail. Read MoreJun 22, 2022 09:26 (IST)"Will Carry Forward Balasaheb Thackery's Ideology, 46 MLAs With Me": Sena Rebel Eknath ShindeRebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who arrived in Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam early this morning, claimed he has support of 46 MLAs - 40 from his partyand 6 Independents.Jun 22, 2022 08:57 (IST)Kamal Nath to meet Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad PawarSenior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will meet Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar in the afternoon ahead of the Maharashtra cabinet meeting, which is scheduled at 1 pm, sources saidJun 22, 2022 08:35 (IST)Eknath Shinde, MLAs in Radisson Blu Hotel in GuwahatiShiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde and other MLAs are staying in Radisson Blu Hotel in GuwahatiJun 22, 2022 07:57 (IST)Maharashtra Political Crisis: "Haven't Left Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena": Rebel Eknath Shinde Before Flying To Guwahati From SuratShiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who was camping in Gujarat before leaving for Assam with around 33 party MLAs following the cross-voting in Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) polls, said that they have not left Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena.Jun 22, 2022 07:37 (IST)Himanta Sarma Seen At Guwahati Hotel Before Rebel MLAs Were Brought ThereAssam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was today seen leaving the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati, minutes before the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were brought there. The MLAs were also received by BJP MLA Sushanta Borgohain.Jun 22, 2022 07:33 (IST)Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Eknath Shinde Says Over 40 MLAs Are With HimSpeaking to NDTV, Eknath Shinde said there are more than 40 MLAs with him. "We are not leaving the Shiv Sena. We will carry forward the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray. Shiv Sena was formed by Balasaheb based on Hindutva and we will not leave it. We will carry forward his role and ideology," he said. On his conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mr Shinde said, "We will stay in the Shiv Sena - Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena. The question of going to another party does not arise."

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Times of India | 2 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 12:05 pm
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NEW DELHI: There is no end in sight for the Maharashtra political crisis and the tussle within the Shiv Sena, as the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde seem prepared to stay put in Guwahati. They are awaiting clarity on two moot points before contemplating a return to Mumbai- the possible disqualification of 16 dissident MLAs and the appointment of the chief whip in the legislative assembly. The battle could well get dragged to the courts as the two sides look closely at the legal options available. Eknath Shinde tweets rebel MLA's letter to Thackeray: CM was inaccessible to usUddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of the party's national executive committee on Saturday at 1pm. The meeting will be held at Mumbai's Shiv Sena Bhavan which the CM will join virtually. Maharashtra crisis live updatesThe rebel faction of Eknath Shinde will also convene for a meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati this afternoon to discuss further strategy, sources said. Maharashtra crisis: Shiv Sena workers smear black ink on rebel MLA Sada Sarvankar's postersHere are the latest developments in the Maharashtra political saga: Eknath Shinde writes to CM Thackeray over security concernsRebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has shot off a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and all police commissioners in the state, claiming that the security to the family members of the 38 "rebel" MLAs have been "maliciously" withdrawn. He alleged that MVA leaders have instigated their cadres to take up violence against the rebel MLAs and intimidate them. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has threatened that they would not be able to move around in Maharashtra, he said. Shinde further said that in Punjab, the security of high profile persons was removed and then they became the targets of goons and gangsters. he expressed concern that the same could happen in Maharashtra. Reacting to Shinde's letter, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said only MLAs are eligible for state security, but not their families. Shortly afterwards, Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil said in a tweet that no orders have been issued by the CM or home department to remove the security of any MLA. The allegations are totally false and misleading. 'Skipping meet no ground for disqualification'The political drama unfolding in Maharashtra now has legal experts divided too on whether disqualification can be sought for the 'rebels' in Shiv Sena. However, most are in agreement that the MLAs cannot be disqualified on grounds of not attending recent party meetings as that is outside the ambit of legislative affairs. Why Eknath Shinde's rebellion made Shiv Sena stop and take noteThe party's petition to the deputy speaker seeking disqualification of 16 MLAs including rebel leader Eknath Shinde has sought to invoke para 2 (1) (a) of the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, which governs 'disqualification on grounds of defection'. Maha crisis: Eknath Shinde showcases strength, releases first video with 42 rebel MLAs from Guwahati280 MVA decisions in 4 days; ‘rebels’ arranged orders, funds before flightThe MVA government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray has taken 280 decisions since Monday. "It seems that the rebel cabinet members ensured that all relevant orders are issued before they leave Mumbai, an official said. "They took proper care: orders have been issued and adequate budgetary provisions made for the purpose," he said. Read AlsoOptions before Eknath Shinde: Approach court or governorFour days after rebel Shiv Sena member Eknath Shinde raised the banner of revolt against the leadership of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, the moot question is what are the options before him. Experts said since the 10th schedule of the anti-defection law amended in 2003 does not recognise a split,Provisions have been made for Rs 1,200 crore for providing power at a concessional rate for industrial consumers in the backward areas in Vidarbha, Marathwada and north Maharashtra. Provisions have also been made for distribution of bulk water to private housing societies. As many as 18 decisions have been taken by the water supply department controlled by rebel minister Gulabrao Patil. 'Rebels in no hurry to leave Guwahati until key issues resolved'Former minister and Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is now in the Eknath Shinde camp, told TOI on Friday said the rebel group is in no hurry to return to Maharashtra until two issues - the possible disqualification of 16 dissident MLAs and the appointment of the chief whip in the legislative assembly- are resolved. Kesarkar said, "How can they have their chief whip when their house strength has dwindled to 15 members. Our group has the support of 38 Sena MLAs. These moves are completely unconstitutional. If there is a vote of no-confidence, the downfall of the present government will be imminent." "The petition for disqualification of the 16 MLAs is on ground that they did not attend a meeting of Sena legislators. This meeting was called at very short notice and they must remember that Maharashtra is a big state and, in some parts, it takes at least 10-12 hours to reach Mumbai. How can these MLAs travel from their home district to Mumbai in such a short time? " he said.

Rival Shiv Sena factions call meetings as Maharashtra political crisis continues: Key developments
Covid-19: Booster doses for 60-plus group surge in Maharashtra
Times of India | 5 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 09:16 am
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PUNE: The state’s booster or precaution dose consumption has surged with the initiation of the doorstep Covid-19 vaccination programme. Going by the latest report of the state health department, nearly 3.16lakh residents over 60 years of age across 36 districts have availed of the benefit of the third dose since the beginning of the special Har Ghar Dastak drive on June 1. “We aim to administer this precaution dose to every eligible person over 60 years in the state and cover the maximum people by the end of July,” said state immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai. The response to the precaution dose had gone down drastically after Covid cases dipped between February and May. The cases have started slightly rising over the last two weeks, which is also prompting people to seek a booster dose. Currently, only residents over 60 years of age and healthcare/frontline workers are eligible for a free booster dose. Citizens in the 18-59 age bracket are not privy to the free booster shot under the country’s Covid vaccination programme, and have to bear the cost of the shot at designated private hospitals. This is also one of the prominent reasons why most districts have registered extremely low consumption of the booster dose in the 18-59 age bracket, while a few have recorded zero jabs. The Union government allowed the booster shot for the 18-59 age group at private centres from April 10 this year. Earlier in June, state health minister Rajesh Tope had asked the Centre to give the booster dose for free for the younger group to push up vaccination numbers.

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Maharashtra political crisis: Rebel MLAs cannot be disqualified for absence at party meetings as that’s outside assembly, say experts
Times of India | 5 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 08:31 am
Times of India
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MUMBAI: The political drama unfolding in Maharashtra now has legal experts divided too on whether disqualification can be sought for the ‘rebels’ in the Shiv Sena. However, most are in agreement that the MLAs cannot be disqualified on grounds of not attending recent party meetings as that is outside the ambit of legislative affairs. The party’s petition to the deputy speaker seeking disqualification of 16 MLAs including rebel leader Eknath Shinde has sought to invoke para 2 (1) (a) of the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, which governs ‘disqualification on grounds of defection’. A senior counsel from Delhi said the party may be relying on a 2019 Supreme Court judgment in a Karnataka case to argue that the actions of the MLAs would “portray defection.” The Sena plea is that at a “crucial time” during “political uncertainty” when the party needed to consolidate, meetings were called on June 21-22 and despite issuing notices, these MLAs did not attend and instead left for Surat and Guwahati which are in BJP-ruled States. The plea said the BJP, in a conspiracy with these MLAs, is trying to topple the govt and in these circumstances, their not attending the meetings amounted to voluntarily giving up membership of the party; remaining incommunicado and not responding to the call of the leadership also shows that they have given up membership and hence they should be disqualified, it said. However, former attorney general S G Aney said the disqualification process would be “void” legally as not attending the meetings would not amount to quitting the party. Lack of attendance at meetings “cannot be taken into the realm of legislature’s action and the Speaker has no authority over the matter. At best it would be a matter for the party’s internal consideration for consequences on such unbecoming behavior,” said Aney. Anil Sakhare, a senior counsel, also agreed that at this juncture it may not attract disqualification. Senior counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar said the situation is “very fluid’’ but if by their conduct it can be shown that they have left the party, then it may attract disqualification. “But rebels can claim merger,” he added. To overcome any threat of disqualification they have to show 2/3rd members of a party have merged with another party. Under the 10th Schedule paragraph 4, disqualification on grounds of defection would not apply in case of a merger with another party. “It will eventually depend on the facts which at the moment are not all clear,’’ said another senior counsel from Delhi. He added, “At this stage prima facie, there can be no disqualifications since not attending the meeting does not amount to voluntarily giving up the membership of the party. It would depend on the explanation that the member may give. A party cannot single out a few members if there is support of two-third members in the rebel faction. The Karnataka case was different on facts.”

Maharashtra political crisis: Rebel MLAs cannot be disqualified for absence at party meetings as that’s outside assembly, say experts
Covid cases drop slightly in Maharashtra; CM Uddhav Thackeray urges warkaris to use masks
Times of India | 8 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 06:15 am
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8 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 06:15 am

MUMBAI: While Covid-19 cases dipped in Maharashtra on Friday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to lakhs of warkaris walking towards Pandharpur during Ashadhi Wari to use face masks to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The state had registered its highest single-day tally in this surge on Thursday at 5,218, but cases dropped by 20% to 4,205 on Friday. Mumbai saw a 24% drop, with 1,898 cases registered on Friday. "We had a problem updating our data on the ICMR website for a couple of days and that led to a bunching up of cases on Thursday. But the data is now updated and Mumbai is back to reporting less than 2,000 cases a day," said BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare. Two nonagenarians with chronic conditions succumbed to Covid-related complications in Mumbai while the neighbouring Thane city registered a death. Daily hospitalisations which had gone past 100 dropped on Friday to 96. The daily test positivity rate which had increased to 20% a few days back was 12% for the second consecutive day. Dr Gomare said that cases should start plateauing soon. Dr Gautam Bhansali, who is a member of the state Covid task force, said that despite the surge, patients are recovering with minimum medication within a few days. "There is no need to panic at all,'' he said. The surge has been limited to five districts-Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Palghar and Raigad-but the state administration is worried about the Pandharpur yatra. Of the 4,205 cases on Thursday, 3,354 (80%) were detected in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. A state official said, "Active cases in the state have crossed 25,000 as compared to 626 a couple of months back. In this backdrop, the chief minister held a video-conference instructing district collectors, municipal commissioners and district police superintendents to take steps to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.'' Meanwhile, another patient of BA.5 variant has been detected in Nagpur. State surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate said a fully vaccinated 27-year-old female tested Covid-positive on June 19. "She was mildly symptomatic initially but has since become asymptomatic and is stable and in home isolation,'' he added. The total tally of BA.4 and BA.5 variant cases in the state has increased to 26-15 in Pune, five in Mumbai, four in Nagpur and two in Thane.

Covid cases drop slightly in Maharashtra; CM Uddhav Thackeray urges warkaris to use masks
Eknath Shinde’s options: May have to approach courts or governor
Times of India | 9 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 05:18 am
Times of India
9 hours ago | 25-06-2022 | 05:18 am

MUMBAI: Four days after rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde raised the banner of revolt against the leadership of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, the moot question is what are the options before him. Experts said since the 10th schedule of the anti-defection law amended in 2003 does not recognize a split, there are limited options before Shinde. Till 2003, if 2/3rd of members left a party, they could still form a separate group and not attract the anti-defection law. But since there was no end to defections, the law was further tightened. “Even if you quit the party with 2/3rd members, you still cannot escape disqualification,” former advocate general Ravindra Kadam told TOI. Kadam said Shinde has limited options. “Either he should submit that he represents the original Shiv Sena or he has the option to merge the group with the party which he is proposing to team up with. The new law does not recognize a split,” Kadam said. NCP leader Eknath Khadse said Shinde’s effort to take control of Sena has been thwarted by deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal’s decision to recognize Ajay Choudhary as leader of the Sena legislature party. All orders to enforce a whip or influence voting in the assembly flow from the legislature party leader Khadse said the revolt appears headed for a legal battle. “Whatever is the outcome of the deputy speaker’s decision, Shinde will have to approach the court to prove that he has the authority to appoint a legislative party leader and whip,” Khadse said. Former principal secretary (legislature secretariat) Anant Kalse said since the 10th schedule does not recognize a split, Shinde has limited options. “In my opinion, he should knock at the doors of Raj Bhavan, tell the Governor to convene a special session of the state legislature on the ground that the MVA government has lost majority,” Kalse said.

Eknath Shinde’s options: May have to approach courts or governor