No Show Means You Are Out: In the letter sent through WhatsApp, email and SMS, all the MLAs have been called for a meeting at Varsha, the official residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to its MLAs, asking them to attend a meeting in Mumbai by 5 pm or face action, as the party is in trouble after a rebellion by Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs. Dramatic growth was observed.
In a letter sent through WhatsApp, email and SMS, Shiv Sena called all the MLAs for a meeting at Varsha, the official residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Mr Thackeray, who has Covid, is expected to chair the meeting via video conferencing.
No Show Means You Are Out:
“If you do not attend this meeting at 5 pm today, it will be presumed that you intend to leave the party and your membership may be canceled under the law,” the letter said.
The letter came after Mr Thackeray held a meeting of his cabinet via video conferencing around noon. “11 issues were discussed, but the current situation was not one of them,” the sources said.
Maharashtra plunged into political turmoil on Wednesday as rebel Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde went to Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam this morning to claim the support of 40 of the party’s 55 MLAs and six independents.
No Show Means You Are Out: After reaching Guwahati, Shinde told NDTV, “There is no question of changing parties. We will follow Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva.”
The exact number of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who traveled on a chartered flight from Gujarat’s Surat, where they were earlier camping, could not be confirmed, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.
The MLAs arrived here from Surat and were taken to the hotel in three Assam State Transport Corporation buses. The Shiv Sena, which leads the MVA, has 55 MLAs, followed by allies NCP (53) and Congress (44) in the 288-assembly where the current simple majority mark is 144.
According to a BJP source, the MLAs were taken from Mumbai to Surat on Tuesday and the decision to shift them to Guwahati was taken on security grounds.