Eknath Shinde and a few other Shiv Sena MLA remained ‘unreachable’ for several hours and were later reportedly located at Meridian hotel in Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat. The move triggered a new political turmoil in Maharashtra putting up a question on the survival of the ruling alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi.
As several speculations followed the news, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said this is the third attempt being made to topple the Maharashtra government. He further affirmed that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will be successful in controlling the turmoil.
Meanwhile, Thackeray has called an emergency meeting regarding the current situation.
BJP exploring possibility of govt formation in Maha
A senior BJP leader from Maharashtra has said his party was exploring the possibility of government formation in the state, amid a crisis in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi due to the rebellion of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde while party leaders held a series of meetings to firm up a strategy.
Our MLAs are with us, it’s Shiv Sena’s matter: Cong
Our MLAs are with us, with Congress… It’s Shiv Sena’s matter, they can settle themselves, their leader Uddhav Thackeray is handling the matter, said Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole on brewing political crisis in the state
Maharashtra cabinet meet at 1 pm tomorrow, June 22
Maharashtra government announced that a cabinet meeting will be held on Wednesday at 1pm
Milind Narvekar, Ravindra Phatak to update CM on talks with Shinde
Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Phatak will convey about the talks they had with Eknath Shinde to CM Uddhav Thackeray, said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut as reported by ANI
Maharashtra CM likely to meet Sharad Pawar
Earlier in the day, Sharad Pawar had hinted that he would be meeting Maharashtra CM on Tuesday
Pawar, who played a crucial role in the formation of the MVA government, said it will complete its full five-year term and ruled out going with the BJP, in case the state government falls.
Congress numbers are intact
Maharashtra Congress on Tuesday said there is no reason to worry about the party’s support, ‘Our numbers are intact’
“I’m in touch with our leaders…Our Congress MLAs are intact, no reason to worry. Today we’re going to have a meeting…BJP playing ‘Operation Kamal’ in all those states wherever there’s Opposition,” Maharashtra Cong-incharge HK Patil said
Meanwhile, Shinde alters his Twitter bio, and removes Shiv Sena from description.
Talks happened with Eknath Shinde: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that they have been able to communicate with Eknath Shinde, as reported by news agency ANI. “He is our old friend…Everyone knows why we left BJP and Eknath Shinde is also a witness to that,” Sanjay Raut said. Reportedly, Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravi Pathak met with the rebel MLAs at Le Meridien hotel in Surat.
As political crisis intensifies, all eyes on Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar said there is an attempt to pull down the Maharashtra government, which he said is happening for the third time. He further added that he was confident that…