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In what could set the tone for the forthcoming municipal polls in Maharashtra including in the financial capital of Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis are set for a face-off next weekend. While Thackeray, the Shiv Sena President, would address a rally at the BKC ground at Bandra on Saturday, 14 May, Fadnavis will address a rally at the NESCO complex at Goregaon on Sunday, 15 May.At a time when the two-and-a-half-year-old Uddhav-led Maha Vikas Aghadi dispensation is facing repeated attacks from the Shiv Sena’s friend-turned-for BJP, the chain of developments next week is expected to shoot the mercury up as far as the political scenario in the state is concerned. Over the last few days, Uddhav, who in alliance with Sharad Pawar-led NCP and Congress, heads the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, has been indicating that he would speak his mind out and have targeted political rivals over what he stated as “ideological pollution” and politics of hatred. “Did ‘ache din’ come?…. Firstly, you don’t allow (us) to work…and whatever good work we do, you accuse and allege corruption….The opposition does not mean that you have to oppose everything…you need to have a big heart…there has to be some standard in politics…We are seeing climate change, global warming….this is a result of pollution…there is also ideological pollution,” Uddhav started on Saturday without naming BJP. “Whatever I have in mind, I will speak on 14 May,” he added. On the other hand, the BJP has planned a rally for Fadnavis, the very next day, on 15 May. Senior North Indian BJP leader RU Singh, who is the chief coordinator of Uttar Bharatiya Sammelan, is working on the rally. “Fadnavis will expose the (MVA) government’s misdeeds and sound the bugle for civic bodies polls,” he said.Over the last two weeks, Fadnavis has sharpened his attack on Shiv Sena and this was evident from the 1 May booster dose rally in Mumbai, in which he launched a no holds barred broadside against the Thackerays.Fadnavis, a former two-time Chief Minister, said that on 6 December 1992 when the Babri structure was brought down, he himself was present. “This Devendra Fadnavis was present when the Babri structure was brought down…we never considered it as a mosque, it was a structure….they (Shiv Sena) claim that they have done it…but let me tell you not a single Shiv Sena leader or Shiv Sanik was present there…not a single Shiv Sainik figure in the list of accused,” he said.It needs to be mentioned that Thackeray also stayed away from the event in which the first-ever Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 June - and instead along with his wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas visited the home of Chandrabhaga Shinde has earned the sobriquet of Fire Aaji, as she said during the protests - “marega lekin jhukega nahi” when the Rana couple Ravi Rana and Navneet Singh Rana planned to chant Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree.
New Delhi: The political battle Maharashtra's alliance government's future went into the legal zone today with rebel MLA Eknath Shinde challenging the Shiv Sena's move to disqualify him and 15 other MLAs in the Supreme Court. The matter will be heard tomorrow. Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:The Eknath Shinde camp has also challenged the the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader by the Thackeray camp and also the rejection of no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal.The rebels have asked the top court to order the Deputy Speaker not to take any action on the disqualification plea till the matter of his removal is decided. They have also asked the court to direct the Maharashtra government to provide security to their families.The Shiv Sena has filed appeals for disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs earlier this week with the Deputy Speaker. The Shinde camp claimed the move was illegal since disqualification can happen only for matters in the assembly and not for skipping a party meeting.Earlier today, Supreme Court lawyer Devadatt Kamat told reporters that there are many precedents of disqualification of MLAs for anti-party activities from outside the state.Also, the law says that rebel MLAs have to merge in some other party or they will be disqualified. In this matter, the Deputy Speaker has "all kinds of rights" in the absence of a Speaker, he added.The Sena is also planning other action against the rebel ministers. Sources said Eknath Shinde, Gulabrao Patil and Dada Bhuse are likely to lose their portfolios. Abdul Sattar and Shamburaje Desai are also likely to face action.This afternoon, Uday Sawant became the ninth Maharashtra minister to join the rebel camp. The rebels claim they have a two-thirds majority, which would enable them to split the party in the assembly without invoking the disqualification laws.Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, a close aide of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, lashed out at the rebels today, saying, "The one who betrays Balasaheb is finished… From now on, we have to decide who to trust".Sena sources claimed that at least 20 MLAs camping with Mr Shinde are in touch with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Some of them are against a merger with the BJP.Despite being reduced to a minority, the Team Thackeray has also written to the Election Commission against the Shinde faction's move to call themselves "Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray" and stake claim for the party symbol. Comments
Shiv Sena supporters have launched huge protests against the rebels.Mumbai: Smarting from a mutiny that continued to grow on Sunday with the addition of its ninth minister, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's team lawyered up to explain why the rebel camp's numbers - now believed to be over 40 MLAs (out of 55) - won't mean much."There is a narrative in the media that just because they (rebels) have a 2/3rd majority, they will not face disqualification. You can ask any constitutional lawyer, this is totally wrong. The concept of 2/3rd applies only when there is a merger with another part," senior advocate Devadatt Kamat said at a briefing in Mumbai with Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant."(Disqualification) proceedings have been initiated by the Shiv Sena against 16 MLAs. There are several judgments... the Supreme Court has said a legislator's action outside the House, if he commits anti-party activities, he is liable to be disqualified," he said.Mr Kamat also gave the example of how former Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav was disqualified because he attended a rally by party boss Nitish Kumar's foe-turned-friend-turned-foe Lalu Prasad Yadav."The action of going to a foreign state, a BJP-ruled state, meeting with BJP leaders, trying to topple the government, writing letters against the government, amounts to a clear violation... This is our plea to the Speaker," he said."They are also saying the Deputy Speaker has no jurisdiction. This is also totally wrong. In the absence of a Speaker, the Deputy Speaker has all the powers. We are going to urge all these 16 MLAs will be disqualified and face the electorate," the lawyer said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNow in its sixth day, the tussle between Uddhav Thackeray's side and the rebels led by minister Eknath Shinde scaled up on Sunday with Sena leaders, led by top spokesperson Sanjay Raut, launching acerbic attacks on the dissidents while Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, chief strategist of the ruling coalition, held closed-door meetings with alliance partners.Sources in Mr Thackeray's corner of the ring told NDTV that at least 20 MLAs camping with Mr Shinde are in touch with the Maharashtra Chief Minister even as minister Uday Samant flew to BJP-ruled Assam where the rebel MLAs are holed up at a five-star in Guwahati.
Senior Congress leader Ajoy Kumar on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led Assam government was busy serving ‘cocktail-mocktail’ to dissident Maharashtra MLAs camping in a luxury hotel here but was not able to even provide free drinking water to flood-affected people in the state.He claimed that people were having to pay money to receive their rightful relief materials.“The BJP-led government in Assam is serving cocktail-mocktail to the Shiv Sena legislators, but it doesn’t have money to provide even drinking water to the flood-affected people,” he told reporters here.Kumar claimed there were videos of people having to pay Rs 30 to receive water bottles as part of their due relief in some parts of the state.“This is the condition of politics in Assam…when people elect such representatives, this is bound to happen,” the former Jharkhand Pradesh Congress president said.He also took a dig at the Narendra Modi-led central government over the Agnipath scheme, alleging that it will weaken the security mechanism of the country.Kumar questioned various provisions of the scheme, including job opportunities for the Agniveers after they are discharged from duty following four years of service, and lack of pension benefits.“Never has the country been so weak in 70 years that it is unable to pay pension to our jawans,” he said.The Congress leader claimed that ex-servicemen were presently not getting jobs and thousands of youths will be added to this number of unemployed people if the Agnipath scheme is implemented.“This scheme is not for securing our country or recruiting youths, but to save money,” Kumar added.
Aaditya Thackeray addressed a meeting of Shiv Sena's youth wing.New Delhi: Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray today said some of the MLAs in the rebel camp now feel they have been kidnapped and are prisoners in BJP-ruled Assam."Now they feel they have been kidnapped. Now they are prisoners there. Some leaders were shoved into buses. The visuals were shown on NDTV," Aaditya Thackeray said during a meeting of Shiv Sena's youth wing.#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis | Sena Rebel #EknathShinde, MLAs To Be Moved To #Assam Tonight: 10 Facts https://t.co/LiEh8XhcoCNDTV's Saurabh Shukla reports from Surat pic.twitter.com/nPSEJLdMtD— NDTV (@ndtv) June 21, 2022Eknath Shinde, a minister in the Maharashtra government, has rebelled against Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Mr Shinde has claimed the support of nearly 40 MLAs and all of them are currently in Guwahati in Assam.Without naming the BJP, he said he felt ashamed that a party, which is in power at the Centre and Assam, has taken the MLAs from another ruling party from a different state and kept them in the northeastern state that is reeling under floods.#MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis - #EknathShinde and atleast 35 other MLAs are being flown from Surat to Guwahati. Buses being placed at LGBI Airport at Guwahati to take them to a city hotel. @ndtv reports pic.twitter.com/Dq6MJkAIp7— Ratnadip Choudhury (@RatnadipC) June 21, 2022Aaditya Thackeray said that all the MLAs who rebelled do not deserve to be in the Shiv Sena.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Each MLA who has rebelled has two options. Join BJP or join Prahar. They are not deserving of Shiv Sena or the bow and arrow symbol," the 30-year-old said.The Mumbai civic polls are expected to be held later this year and the Shiv Sena, which has been ruling Asia's largest civic body for nearly three decades, is striving to retain its hold over it.
Sanjay Raut said, "Radisson Blu doesn't look like a hotel, it seems like the Bigg Boss house"Mumbai: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut -- the closest aide of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who is back-to-the-wall trying to save his party and the Maharashtra government -- today lashed out at the rebels holed up with Eknath Shinde in Guwahati. "The one who betrays Balasaheb is finished… From now on, we have to decide who to trust," he said in Mumbai today, declaring that he "doesn't consider this a crisis"."When I see the photos, Radisson Blu doesn't look like a hotel, it seems like the Bigg Boss house. People are drinking, eating, playing. And half of them will be eliminated… Till when will you hide in Guwahati, you will have to come back to Chowpatty," he said, hitting an aggressive note.Talking of the 40-plus Sena MLAs camping out in Guwahati, he said they are like "living corpses"."Only their bodies will come back here, there soul will be dead. When these 40 people step out here, they won't be alive at heart. They know what can happen in the fire that has been lit here.," he added.Then, invoking Maharashtra's "son of the soil"sentiment, on which the Sena was established by Balasahed Thackeray nearly 70 years ago, he said, "This is Shiv Sena, and it has only one father. And you cannot steal a father. They want to split Maharashtra into three parts. We will not let that happen".Mr Raut's earlier remarks -- that the MLAs, when they come back to Maharashtra for a floor test, "will find it difficult to return and move around" -- had caused uproar in the rebel camp.Mr Shinde had tweeted a letter addressed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil. Signed by 16 MLAs, the letter pointed out that it was job of the government to ensure security of the MLAs.In the letter, the rebel chief had complained about various leaders of the alliance "instigating cadres to take up violence to further intimidate".This, he added, was evident from media reports where "Mr Sanjay Raut threatened the Petitioners and the other members by stating that he would make it difficult for the MLAS who have left to return to Maharashtra and move around in the State of Maharashtra".This morning, Mr Raut responded with a tweet."How long will you hide in Guwahati? You will have to come back to Chowpatty," read his post, accompanied by an image of Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, who has served notices to 16 rebel MLAs on the Shiv Sena's disqualification appeal.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Bal Thackeray camp has claimed that at least 20 MLAs camping with Mr Shinde are reportedly in touch with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Sources have told NDTV that some of the rebels are against a merger with the BJP.But late this afternoon, Uday Sawant became the ninth Maharashtra minister to join the rebel camp. The rebels claim they have a two-thirds majority, that would enable them to split the party in the assembly without invoking the disqualification laws – which has been challenged by the Sena.