Action Against Rebels: The Shiv Sena said it would take action against the rebels led by Minister Eknath Shinde by Saturday evening as they headed to launch a spin-off party called “Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray”. Maharashtra Political Crisis Live Updates
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a Shiv Sena national executive meeting in Mumbai, in which attendees approved six resolutions, one of which authorized him to take action against the rebels. His side has also challenged a move by the rebels to call themselves “Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray” in a letter to the Election Commission.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “People will know what action will be taken against those who leave the party by evening. The work done by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is commendable. We will all fight the elections under his leadership.” Said.
Action Against Rebels: Earlier, in a jolt to the rebel MLAs, the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly rejected the no-confidence motion moved against them by the Eknath Shinde camp. Sources said that though 33 rebel MLAs had signed the no-confidence motion, but none of the MLAs submitted it to the deputy speaker’s office, instead opting to send it through an anonymous email ID.
On the disqualification petition of Team Uddhav, the Deputy Speaker has also issued notice to 16 rebel MLAs. Sources told the media that the rebel MLAs have been asked to appear either in person or through their counsel on Monday to respond to the disqualification petition.
Today Shiv Sena workers vandalized the office of rebel party MLA Eknath Shinde’s son Tanaji Sawant in Pune. Following this, the Pune Police issued an alert and directed all police stations to ensure security at offices belonging to Rebel Shiv Sena leaders in the city. Large gatherings have also been banned in Mumbai.
Action Against Rebels: Uddhav Thackeray said during a party meeting on Friday, “Shiv Sena is not over” and those standing in favor of BJP should be questioned. “Those who want to go are free to go freely. I will rise and form a new Shiv Sena.
This morning, Mr Shinde tweeted saying that the state government had withdrawn the security cover provided at the residences of 16 rebel MLAs, including himself, and termed the action as “political vendetta”. However, Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut denied the allegations.
Despite being reduced to a minority, Team Uddhav is confident that it will do so in the event of a trust vote. The party also said that the claim of the Eknath Shinde camp that they are the “real Shiv Sena” has no merit. “Shiv Sena is a registered regional party and Uddhav Thackeray is our chief. We have a constitution through which the party president is elected,” advocate Dharam Mishra, appearing for Shiv Sena legal cell, told the media.
Action Against Rebels: Mr Shinde, at the center of the rebellion against Mr Thackeray, told the media that he has the support of more than 50 MLAs. “About 40 of them are from Shiv Sena,” he told the media in an exclusive interview.
The rebels are camping in a five-star hotel on the outskirts of Assam’s main city of Guwahati. Sources said a young MP, who is considered close to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, is the pointsman, with at least three ministers of the Assam BJP closely monitoring logistics matters at the Guwahati hotel.
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