Rebel Eknath Shinde claims 50 MLAs support him, 40 from Sena: Eknath Shinde, the leader of the Shiv Sena in rebellion against his boss, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, told NDTV today that he had the support of more than 50 MLAs. In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Mr Shinde, who is camped in BJP-controlled Assam, said, “Nearly 40 of them are from the Shiv Sena.”
“People who believe in our mission will join us. We wish to forward the philosophy of Balasaheb Thackeray, “those who like it will come,” “The rebels, according to Mr Shinde, have not abandoned the Shiv Sena of Balasaheb Thackeray.
The 58-year-old Mr Shinde said it was “illegal” for team Thackeray to submit disqualification notifications against the renegade MLAs. “They had no right to do what was done yesterday; it was unlawful. We are the people in power, and in a democracy, size matters. That is unlawful, and they are unable to suspend in that manner. We won’t be alarmed by that, “said he.
37 MLAs are now needed for Mr Shinde to divide his party in the assembly without breaking the anti-defection rule, which is an important figure. 37 Shiv Sena MLAs and 9 Independents were supporting him up till yesterday.
According to Mr Shinde, there has been “no conversation” between the rebels, Shiv Sena leader, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
In a letter to the governor and deputy speaker, 37 members of the legislature identified Eknath Shinde as their leader. The action was taken immediately after Uddhav Thackeray requested that 12 rebels be declared ineligible. Mr Shinde included.
“Who are you attempting to terrify? We are aware of both the law and your makeup! The whip is for assembly business, not meetings, as stated in the 10th Schedule to the Constitution (Schedule). In this context, the Supreme Court has rendered multiple rulings “Eknath Shinde sent a tweet on Thursday.
To run the state, Eknath Shinde has urged that the Sena sever its “unnatural partnership” with the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and renew its alliance with the BJP.
“Shiv Sena has only suffered over the last 2.5 years, while other parties have prospered. The Sena has only lost ground to other parties’ gains. The unnatural partnership must be terminated to rescue the party and the Shiv Sainiks. To best serve Maharashtra, it is crucial to make this choice, “On Day 2 of the crisis, Mr Shinde tweeted.
The BJP, which first lodged the rebels in Surat, Gujarat, before hosting them in Assam, denied planning an “Operation Lotus” in Maharashtra. But in pictures of Eknath Shinde and the rebels at the Guwahati hotel where they are staying, a BJP minister from Assam could be seen.
The opposition has coined the phrase “Operation Lotus,” a play on the BJP’s emblem, to characterize what they refer to as the party’s plots to overthrow non-BJP administrations in states.
If Sena MLAs say it to me, I’ll resign, Mr Thackeray has said, adding that his “resignation letter is ready.” He said that he was not born with a desire for power. He emphasized to his party that he was the son of Balasaheb, who declined to hold any office in the several administrations that included his party.