Maharashtra crisis: Eknath Shinde claims support of 34 Shiv Sena MLAs

Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly



Topics


Maharashtra | Shiv Sena























Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde, camping in Guwahati, has claimed that he has the support of 34 MLAs of his party and passed a resolution on Wednesday evening reinstating himself as the leader of the Shiv Sena legislative party, a day after he was removed from the post by the Sena leadership.


The resolution passed by the rebel camp led by Shinde has named Sena MLA Bharat Gogawale as the new chief whip of the party and removed incumbent Sunil Prabhu from the post.


The letter issued by Shinde in the afternoon bears the signatures of 34 MLAs of Shiv Sena.


Earlier in the day, Prabhu had issued a letter asking all the MLAs of Shiv Sena, including the rebels accompanying Shinde, to attend a legislature party meeting in Mumbai at 5 PM or face action under the anti-defection law.


The letter issued by the Shinde camp stated that the Sena leadership’s decision to sever ties with BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra polls had a “negative” impact on the party cadres and voters.


Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly.


As per the provisions of the anti-defection law, a merger requires the consent of two-thirds of the members of a legislative party who have consented to merge with another political party.


Shinde will have to ensure the support of 37 MLAs (two-thirds of 55 MLAs) to avoid disqualification.


The letter also alleged that Sena’s core ideology of Hindutva and protecting the rights of the “marathi manoos” were compromised upon while forming the MVA government with “ideologically opposite” NCP and Congress.


The Shinde-led faction described the Maha Vikash Aghadi as a “corrupt government”.


The letter alleged “enormous discontent” amongst the cadres of the Shiv Sena for forming a government with NCP and the Indian National Congress (in November 2019), saying they are ideologically opposed to Sena.


Hinting at the causes behind their move to raise the banner of revolt, the MLAs said they and Sena workers were facing “humiliating queries” from voters for supporting the ideological opponents.


“We have also been subjected to a lot of criticism for being part of this corrupt Maharashtra government,” the letter stated.


The letter, which is viewed as a snub to Sena president and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleged that Sena’s core principles- Hindutva and Marathi manoos- were compromised while forming the MVA government.


Shiv Sena is a party with a wide ideological base which was formed with an objective to fight for the rights of the local Marathi people, the letter said.


“The ideology of our party’s leader the late Balasaheb Thackeray was to give a clean and honest government to the people of Maharashtra and also without compromising on the principle of Hindutva, which was defeated on the first day itself by aligning with the opposing ideologies,” it stated.


The letter signed by 34 MLAs of Shiv Sena has used words like “party leadership” instead of taking the name of Uddhav Thackeray.


“The act of our party leaders to sever ties with the BJP post-2019 assembly polls had a tremendous negative impact upon the voters and party cadre at large. There was a continuous hue and cry against the party leadership for aligning with Opposition parties (NCP and Congress), but it went ahead and formed the MVA government,” the letter said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


Dear Reader,




Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.


We, however, have a request.


As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.


Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.


Digital Editor