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Maharashtra Crisis: More MLAs join Shinde’s camp in Assam as Uddhav Thackeray leaves CM Residence

The Maharashtra politics potboiler is heating up by the minute with both Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and rebel Eknath Shinde involved in an intense tug of war, the former to retain the support of his MLAs to stay in power and in latter to walk past the ‘magic number’ to avoid the anti-defection law. The situation has the Shiv Sena’s partners in the Maha Vikas Aghadi – the Congress and the NCP on their toes as well as who are constantly holding meetings among their leaders to protect their own flocks.

Here’s How the situation has worked out till now

  • Eknath Shinde on Monday, June 20, 2022, went on incommunicado with a few Shiv Sena’s MLA and locked themselves in a resort in Surat, Gujarat.
  • The Development put Shiv Sena into a tizzy situation as being a party chief and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray moved to protect his remaining MLAs. Sanjay Raut the Sena MP till Wednesday had been saying that the party is in touch with Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs and they would come back to the party.
  • Meanwhile, Shinde dismissed the claim saying that he was in touch with no one other than the MLA’s support.
  • As Sena sent his envoys to Surat resort, Eknath Shinde on Wednesday removed all MLAs from the surat and sent them to 2,500 km away in Guwahati, Assam another BJP-ruled state. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma was seen at the hotel just after the MLAs arrived around 7 am the morning.
  • Shinde has asserted that he holds 42 support of MLAs from the Sena 55 MLAs. He requires the support of at least 37 supporters to avoid the anti-defection law that requires him to support at least two-thirds of party MLAs. On Wednesday, four more MLAs including two from Shiv Sena joined Shinde’s camp and three more were likely to join the camp on Wednesday.
  • With speculation rife that Uddhav Thackeray might resign from his post, CM on Wednesday told that he is all set to resign from his position if that is what the Shiv Sena people want. “I am preparing my resignation letter. Whoever has rebelled should come here, take this letter and submit it to the Governor,”  Uddhav Thackeray said.
  • Early morning of Thursday, Eknath Shinde seemed to be completed with his MLAs that were required to defeat the anti-defection law as more shiv Sena MLAs were notified to be seen checking in at Radisson Blu hotel of Guwahati, Assam where the rebels were staying.

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