Uddhav Thackeray runs no risk of losing either his post as prime minister or as top boss of his party, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena proclaimed today, even if, from the northeast, news came that suggested the opposite.
In a Guwahati five-star hotel is Eknath Shinde, who caused a huge wave of revolt against Mr Thackeray. Over the past 24 hours, the rankings of the Sena LPGs who joined him – either physically or by letter – have exceeded 40. As it turns out, Mr Thackeray is now backed by just 15 MPs, reduced to a minority leader formed in the party and led for decades by his father, Bal Thackeray.
Mr., pressure that these MLAs have left us. “
It is difficult to get the exact score of those who Mr. Shinde’s uprising supported, managed. One Shiv Sena MLA parked with him has since returned to Mumbai, claiming he was abducted and forced to accept injections. The allegation, if not sustainable, evokes the outward drama that engulfed the Sena this week.
Last night, hours after announcing on Facebook that he had no attachment to power, Mr. Thackeray vacated the prime minister’s official residence. On camera, large suitcases were retrieved from his home and in waiting cars. He then drove with his family, including son Aaditya, who is a pastor, to the orphanage where his father lived. The 20-minute drive took nearly two hours, the SUV crawling so hundreds of Sena workers crowded along the trail to see their leader.
When he arrived at the family home, ‘Matoshree’, a riotous support group sang slogans in his support, saying he was a true sainik. By dropping a new pen for his location, Mr. Thackeray kept his promise that “I will resign as prime minister if Sena MPs tell me to do it in my face, I’m the son of Balasaheb, I’m not interested in posts.”
“Some MPs are running, and they think they are lions, but we saw a lion yesterday when Uddhav Thackeray went to ‘Matoshree’,” said Mr Raut, claiming that Mr Shinde and those in his team were acting out of fear – specifically fear of the Enforcement Directorate, the central agency conducting several criminal investigations against various ministers of Mr. Thackeray’s government launched. Two pastors were sent to jail; a third arrest is likely soon.
“‘I support Balasaheb Thackeray and I follow Balasaheb Thackeray,’ this type of statement will not prove to you that you are a true follower of Balasaheb. They have fears for the Enforcement Directorate,” Mr Raut said, echoing Mr Shinde’s remarks. that he is the true supporter of Bal Thackeray’s ideology and principles.
It was Monday night that Mr. Shinde, who is also a pastor of the Shiv Sena, rode in a luxury bus from Mumbai, after riding at least 20 MLAs on board. They established a five-star in Surat, making it clear that the BJP was co-parent of the uprising. When delegates from mr. Thackeray was able to meet with some of the rebels, a new itinerary was quickly forged and Mr. Shinde and Company flew to Assam on a chartered plane. Another four MPs joined them last night, who also arrived by private plane. A letter sent to the governor by Mr Shinde yesterday had the signatures of 30 MPs. Today, the rebels are reportedly an older than 40 club.
The marker is important because the Sena has 55 MLAs. Mr. nearly three decades long partnership until 2019.
Mr Shinde argues that the Sena’s Hindutva ideology has been diluted by its relatively new and inorganic association with its current allies. His daring is provoked to a large extent by the powers and authority of the BJP, especially Devendra Fadnavis, who was replaced by Mr Thackeray as prime minister after the state election in 2019.
Mr Shinde and Mr Fadnavis share an easy relationship; when the latter was prime minister and the BJP was in alliance with the Sena, it was to Mr Shinde that projects considered high priority were awarded by Mr Fadnavis. When the current government was formed, Mr Shinde considered his authority to be diminished, with Mr Raut and the prime minister’s son, Aditya, obscuring him.
His dissatisfaction found fertile ground in two recent elections, where Senate lawmakers voted for the BJP. The second of these cases took place on Monday night. He apparently had an argument with Mr Thackeray about it and hours later he left for Surat.