CM Uddhav Thackeray to chair crucial party meeting today

The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Shiv Sena Bhawan in Mumbai at 12 p.m.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. ANI

Bombay: Amid the ongoing crisis in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena on Friday called a meeting of party leaders, including district chairpersons and chief district coordinators, as a measure confidence building.

The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Shiv Sena Bhawan in Mumbai at 12 p.m. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said: “The Eknath Shinde faction that challenges us must realize that the Shiv Sena workers have not yet come to the roads. Such battles are fought either by law or on the roads. If necessary, our workers would come on the roads.”

“Threats are being made against Sharad Pawar ji by a central minister. Do these threats have the support of Modi Ji and Amit Shah Ji?… We are taking steps to disqualify (rebel) MPs,” he said. -he adds.

Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde appears to be holding the Shiv Sena tight as the strength of MPs backing him is expected to top 50 as more lawmakers are expected to reach Guwahati on Friday, deepening the political crisis in Maharashtra. Thackeray’s situation continues to worsen with his close aide switching sides and the Chief Minister himself falling short in numbers.

Interestingly, Sanjay Bhosale, deputy chief of Shiv Sena district of Satara in Maharashtra, arrives in Guwahati, urging party MP Eknath Shinde to return to ‘Matoshree’

“The Shiv Sena has given a lot to its deputies. They should go back to ‘Matoshree’,” he said.

The political crisis in the MVA government in Maharashtra erupted after party lawmakers joined a rebellion led by Eknath Shinde who is staying at a hotel in Guwahati. Shinde’s camp claimed the support of 46 MPs, including 37 Shiv Sena MPs and nine independents. Rebel MPs who have been in a hotel in Guwahati since June 20 cleared Shinde on June 23 to decide on a new course of action.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Shirsat has claimed that the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are trying to politically eliminate Shiv Sena from Maharashtra and MPs have made countless attempts to brief Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the dishonest intentions of alliance partners. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut even urged rebel MPs to return to Mumbai and discuss their issues with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Raut also claimed that the Shiv Sena is ready to “consider leaving the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) if that is the will of all MPs”, but on the condition that the rebel MPs will have to take the message directly to CM Uddhav. Thackeray and discuss the issues with him. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has filed a petition with the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly demanding the cancellation of the membership of 12 rebel MPs, including Eknath Shinde, for “not having attended” the legislative party meeting held on Wednesday.

Besides Shinde, Shiv Sena called for the disqualification of Prakash Surve, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandeep Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Yadhav, Anil Babar, Balaji Devdas and Lata Chaudhari. However, the Shinde camp has written to Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari stating that Shinde continues to be the leader of the Legislative Party. Shinde also wrote to the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly regarding the reaffirmation of his nomination as leader of the legislative party Shiv Sena.

Amid the ongoing turf war in the Shiv Sena, the Shinde faction has also declared that Bharat Gogawale has been appointed chief party whip. On the other hand, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge held the BJP-led central government responsible for the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra where around 40 Shiv Sena MPs have rioted against the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and are currently camping in Guwahati.

Kharge alleged that the BJP-led Center was trying to ‘destabilize’ the ‘strong’ government of Maha Vikas Aghadi ahead of the upcoming presidential polls next month as they need numbers for their presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu to win. the scheduled election. July 18.

Shinde also made a veiled reference to the BJP and said “a major national party” told him his decision was “historic” and that they would be there whenever he needed them. However, the BJP had said the Maharashtra crisis was Shiv Sena’s internal affair and the party had nothing to do with it. Nationalist Congress Party leader Jayant Patil said his party “strongly supports Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray”.

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