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Uddhav Thackeray beaten? Eknath Shinde Net 1 MLA short of crucial number

The Shinde camp now has 36 MPs (out of the party’s 55 MPs) on its side.

Three more Shiv Sena MPs have left Mumbai to support senior leader Eknath Shinde, in the midst of a rebellion threatening to tear the party apart. The Shinde camp now has 36 MPs (out of the party’s 55 MPs) on its side.

Here are the top 10 updates on this great story:

  1. Deepak Kesakar (MLA of Sawantwadi), Mangesh Kudalkar (Chembur) and Sada Sarvankar (Dadar) took a morning flight from Mumbai to Guwahati.

  2. The Shinde camp now only needs one more to split the party without facing disqualification under anti-apostasy laws. Five independent MPs are also with Mr Shinde.

  3. Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP – the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra – have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named prime minister as a way out of the huge political crisis that has engulfed the ruling coalition, sources said.

  4. Eknath Shinde, who leads the Sena uprising, claimed that the ruling coalition was only beneficial to alliance partners, while ordinary Shiv Sainiks suffered the most in the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition’s rule. “It is important to make a decision in the interest of the state,” Mr Shinde, who is campaigning with rebel Sena MPs in Guwahati, tweeted on Wednesday.

  5. The Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece, “Saamana”, said the rebel MPs were elected on Shiv Sena tickets, warning “if the Shiv Sainiks decide, then everyone will be the former forever”.

  6. With the last two-and-a-half years of the coalition’s existence at stake, Mr Thackeray on Wednesday named his father and party founder Balasaheb Thackeray as he made an emotional speech to rebels. “If my own people do not want me as prime minister, he should walk up to me and say so … I’m ready to resign … I’m Balasaheb’s son, I’m not looking for a job , “Uddhav Thackeray – who tested positive for Covid – said in a Facebook address tonight.

  7. The rebel MPs, camping in Assam which is ruled by the BJP, shortly after Mr. Thackeray’s speech meets. The meeting lasted about 50 minutes. Mr Shinde claimed he had the support of 46 MPs, including 6-7 independent MPs. “This number will increase in the near future,” he said. Shinde told the news agency ANI.

  8. The BJP says the political crisis in Maharashtra is the Shiv Sena’s internal affair and that the party does not claim the formation of a government in the state. “We have not spoken to Eknath Shinde. This is Shiv Sena’s internal matter. BJP has nothing to do with this. We do not claim the formation of the government,” said Raosaheb Patil Danve, minister of trade unions, who met the party leader Devendra Fadnavis. told the media.

  9. The journey from his official residence at Malabar Hills to his house ‘Matoshree’ in Bandra – which usually takes 15-20 minutes – took almost one hour, as Mr. Thackeray’s entourage negotiated hundreds of Shiv Sainiks who gathered at the 15km stretch around the Mumbai rain.

  10. Shiv Sena’s chief spokesman Sanjay Raut, meanwhile, claimed that Mr. Thackeray will not resign, insisting that the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will prove his majority in the Assembly if necessary.

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