Eknath Shinde leaves for Mumbai: Ajay Choudhary, who was appointed as the leader of the Shiv Sena party after the Eknath Shinde rebellion, has been recognized by the deputy speaker, a letter from the Maharashtra Legislative Secretariat to the party said. Shinde on Thursday wrote a letter signed by 37 MLAs to Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal, in which he declared himself the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party and Bharatshet Gogawale as the party’s chief whip.
Eknath Shinde leaves for Mumbai: Meanwhile, Shinde has left for Guwahati to reach Mumbai. On Friday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut challenged the rebel camp to come to the city, saying, “We are not going to give up… This government will run its full term.” Earlier, he had warned rebel leader Eknath Shinde that Such battles are either fought through law or on the streets. Talking to reporters, Raut said, “If need be, our workers will take to the streets.
CM Uddhav Thackeray is going to meet the district presidents of the party on Friday. The meeting took place after Shinde made a list of at least 400 former corporators and some MPs who are expected to go in his favor if the new government is formed.
Earlier, in a late night letter to Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal, Shinde declared himself the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party and Bharatshet Gogawale as the party’s chief whip. The letter was signed by 37 legislators, meaning the rebel camp has a two-thirds majority under the anti-defection law.
Shinde led a rebellion within the Shiv Sena and demanded that the party break ties with the NCP and Congress and join hands with the BJP. However, the impasse continues as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has refused to accede to the demand. At present, Shinde claims to have the support of 37 Shiv Sena MLAs.
Earlier, Assam Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Bora in his letter to Eknath Shinde – “Assam is infamous for your presence as Guwahati is considered a safe haven for MLAs who have no respect for constitutional values and loyalty.”