Times of India | 3 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 06:27 am
MUMBAI: A bolt from the blue struck loyalist Shiv Sena workers as Tuesday’s rebellion led by Eknath Shinde caused the party to stare at loss of power in the state. The party has weathered similar storms in decades gone by when Chhagan Bhujbal, Ganesh Naik, Sanjay Nirupam, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray jumped ship, but this crisis appears to rock the very moorings of its 56-year existence. Activists were glued to their mobile or TV sets through the day. The rank and file gathered outside the Dadar headquarters of Sena Bhavan and at CM Uddhav Thackeray’s official bungalow, Varsha, to condemn the seismic shock of the 35-odd MLAs’ “betrayal”. Anger and tears welled over as men and women raised saffron flags, fists and slogans, swearing allegiance to Balasaheb’s Shiv Sena and promising to teach a lesson to the “traitors” who had “let down” the institution. The grain of the party comprising members of local Sena shakhas, Ganpati mandals, govinda pathaks, all admitted being “nervous” and hoped that the Sena would tide over this phase. Anger was brewing among party workers in Vasai-Virar and Mira-Bhayander. Shakha pramukhs decided to keep silent till further orders from the CM. “For over two weeks we had been hearing about a top Sena leader leaving the party with 20-25 MLAs. It was all a planned move,” claimed a functionary from Nalasopara. Senior politician Shishir Shinde from Mulund said, “Party activists and leaders of Shiv Sena will remain united and we will overcome any crisis situation,” he said. Workers at shakhas in Mulund showed complete support for CM Thackeray. Some said that the government was “not unstable” and will continue to rule Maharashtra for its remaining tenure of 2.5 years. The mood was sombre in shakhas in Thane, the bastion of Eknath Shinde, as people anxiously debated the fate of the party in the event Shinde made a drastic move. While the nerve centre at Joshiwada near Tembhi Naka remained quiet, an office-bearer at a Ghodbunder Road unit said, “We never dreamt of having to face such a situation. This is such a shock.” Some party workers outside the Wagle Estate shakha, which is the assembly constituency and also the residence of the minister, came for updates but received none as local leaders remained out of reach. Police security was heightened outside the houses of three rebel MLAs, Vishwanath Bhoir (Kalyan-West), Balaji Kinikar (Ambernath) and Shantaram More (Bhiwandi rural), who are incommunicado and reportedly cloistered with Eknath Shinde in Surat. Bhoir’s family avoided speaking to the media. His supporters half-heartedly said they would follow his decision but common Sainiks were unhappy with his move. Kinikar’s supporters were also confused about the development. “I will go with his decision but I doubt if other Shiv Sainiks from Ambernath will support him,” one said.
New Delhi: The Eknath Shinde camp, which led a rebellion against Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government headed by Uddhav Thackeray, on Saturday named their faction – ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb‘ and said their won’t merge with any party. The development comes amid speculations that the rebel group led by Eknath Shinde, a Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader, would join hands with BJP to topple Uddhav Thackeray-led government in the state.Also Read - LIVE SL-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I Cricket Score: Sri Lanka Won The Toss And Elected To Bat“Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party,” rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar said, according to a report by Hindustan Times. Also Read - PSEB 10th 12th Results 2022: Punjab Board To Announce Class 10 Result By June 28, Class 12 By June 30
Maharashtra crisis LIVE: Uddhav Thackeray reaches Sena Bhavan in Mumbai#WATCH | Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/bM8L5PPzV4— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2022Maharashtra crisis LIVE: ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’, Eknath Shinde may announce rebel group’s new name | Eknath Shinde-led rebels named their group ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’ and said they won’t merge with any other party, according to a report by Hindustan Times.Maharashtra crisis LIVE: “Who is paying bills of hotels in Surat and Guwahati as well as the chartered flight? Is it true that horsetrading rate is Rs 50 crore? If ED and I-T get activated, the source of the black money will be exposed,” NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said.Maharashtra crisis LIVE: “Our party worker 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,” Sanjay More, Pune city head, Shiv Sena said.#WATCH | Union Minister & Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athawale and other BJP leaders arrive at the residence of Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai. #MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis pic.twitter.com/0Bp72nkruv— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2022Maharashtra crisis LIVE: Maharashtra Congress called a meeting at Royal Stone, the residence of party leader and minister Balasaheb Thorat to discuss the current political situation of the state.Maharashtra crisis LIVE: ‘Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles’: Sanjay Raut to rebel Sena MLAs | “Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But people’s patience is wearing thin. Right now Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: ‘Baseless’, Maharashtra govt debunks Eknath Shinde’s ‘security removed’ claim | 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,” Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said.Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: NCP planning to finish off Shiv Sena, says rebel MLA Mahesh Shinde | “NCP is planning to finish off Shiv Sena. Ex-NCP MLAs whom we defeated were being given Rs 3 billion. We all MLAs repeatedly complained to CM Uddhav Thackeray about the injustice by NCP but to no avail. So, we urged Eknath Shinde to play this big role to save Shiv Sena,” rebel Shiv Sena MLA Mahesh Shinde was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
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.
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.
NASHIK/AURANGABAD: Members of Shiv Sena in Ahmednagar and Jalgaon municipal corporations are in 'tight spot' following the rebellion by Eknath Shinde. Ahmednagar civic body has 25 Sena corporators and shares power with NCP. Sena got its mayor in Jalgaon Municipal Corporation last year after a defection of 30 BJP corporators engineered by Shinde. Sena sources in Ahmednagar city unit told TOI that at least 10-12 Sena corporators have endorsed the stand taken by Shinde about toeing the Hindutva line. Adav told TOI that although he has huge respect for Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, he fully endorses and supports Shinde. He also said Uddhav is still the chief of Sena. "The party is moving away from its core principle by aligning with parties that are not natural allies of Sena," he said, adding the leaders deputed by central leadership to oversee party affairs in Ahmednagar are ruining Sena in the district. Sena leaders from Jalgaon claimed there is no threat to the ruling party in the civic body, one of the defectors admitted he is watching the political developments keenly. "If the Shinde faction joins hands with BJP to form the government, there is a possibility of a political turmoil in the Jalgaon civic body," added Sena sources. Jalgaon city president Suresh Bhole mocked the defectors saying that they have 'dug their own grave' by deserting BJP. In Aurangabad, which had Shiv Sena and BJP in alliance for the municipal corporation, party workers were confident of bagging more than expected number of seats. The term for the previous body elected ended in April 2020 and since then, the AMC is being headed and run by administrator Astik Kumar Pandey. Former Shiv Sena mayor Nandkumar Ghodele said, "For the first two days, we felt that the rebellion would dent the party. But with the passing of time, we sense a growing sympathy and love for Sena and Thackeray family." He said that in the upcoming civic body elections, Sena will definitely get more seats as people are criticising the rebel camp. During the previous term, Shiv Sena won 28 seats and post election, seven independents joined the fold.