Shiv Sena support Dawood: Political turmoil in Maharashtra intensified on Sunday when rebel Shiv Sena MLA and Minister Eknath Shinde moved the Supreme Court against the disqualification notices issued to him and 15 other MLAs by the deputy speaker.
Meanwhile, the party led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray suffered another setback as Maharashtra Technical and Higher Education Minister Uday Samant, a prominent Shiv Sena leader in the Konkan region, joined Mr Shinde’s rebel camp in Guwahati.
Mr. Shinde now has the support of nine Shiv Sena ministers, with Aaditya Thackeray being the only one in the Uddhav Thackeray camp left in the assembly. The other two Thackeray loyalists Anil Parab and Subhash Desai are currently members of the Legislative Council.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed his party’s support for the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Delhi. “NCP’s line is clear. We will continue to support CM Uddhav Thackeray till the end. It is unlikely that President’s rule will be imposed in Maharashtra.”
: The Central Government provided security to 15 rebel MLAs with the Ministry of Home Affairs providing Y-plus security cover by deploying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel outside the homes of the rebel MLAs. The move came as strong protests continued across the state against the MLAs of the Shinde faction.
With the Center providing Y-plus security to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs from Maharashtra, the party claims that it is now clear that the BJP is “pulling the strings” amid the current political turmoil in the state.
An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ compared the rebel MLAs of the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena to a ‘big bull’ and alleged that they were ‘sold’ for ₹50 crore.
Shiv Sena support Dawood: The Center on Sunday increased the Y-plus security cover of CRPF commandos for at least 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, officials had said earlier.
Those who were provided security include Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakash Surve and 10 others, officials said. Their families living in Maharashtra will also be protected.
As political turmoil continues in Maharashtra, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shide spoke to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray about the recent political situation in the state, confirmed an MNS leader on Monday.
The MNS leader further said that Mr. Shinde spoke to Raj Thackeray two times over the phone and also inquired about his health.