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Maharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde, other Sena MLAs reach Guwahati

Upon his arrival, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said, "A total of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs are present here (Guwahati). We will carry Balasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva

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Maharashtra | Shiv Sena | Uddhav Thackeray

BS Web Team & Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde and some other Shiv Sena MLAs from the state are camping at a hotel in Gujarat's Surat city. (Photo: Twitter/@mieknathshinde)
Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde and some other Shiv Sena MLAs from the state arrived in Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Twitter/@mieknathshinde)

Rebel minister Eknath Shinde, who is now at the centre of a deepening political crisis in the state, arrived in Guwahati on Wednesday morning along with 40 other MLAs.

Upon his arrival, the leader said, "A total of 40 MLAs are present here (in Guwahati). We will carry Balasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva," quoted news agency ANI.

Shinde, along with other Shiv Sena MLAs, was camping at a hotel in Gujarat's Surat on Tuesday after suspected cross-voting in the Legislative Council (MLC) polls, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged five seats, in a major blow to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance.

The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs took a flight in the wee hours of Wednesday to reach Guwahati. They were received by BJP MLA Sushanta Borgohain and BJP MP Pallab Lochan Das at the Guwahati airport.

Before leaving Surat, Shinde said, "We have not left Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena and will not leave it. We have been following Balasaheb's Hindutva and will carry it further."

Amid the political crisis, a Shiv Sena delegation comprising Chief Minister Udhhav Thackeray's close aides Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Phatak met Shinde in Surat on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena MP alleged that efforts were being made to topple the MVA government in as some MLAs, including Shinde, had gone incommunicado on Tuesday. He said that Shiv Sena MLAs were in Surat and they were not being allowed to leave.

Shinde, 58, has been instrumental in strengthening Shiv Sena in the Thane region and he was the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly after 2014 polls, when BJP parted ways with the party. Shinde is a cabinet minister in the MVA government.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said that the party is in 'wait-and-watch' mode, as he claimed that the MVA government is 'technically' in minority.'

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First Published: Wed, June 22 2022. 08:02 IST
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