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'Ready to quit', says Uddhav Thackeray; Eknath Shinde claims 46 MLAs

The rebels who have shifted to Guwahati claimed they had 46 with them - 40 from the Sena and six independents

Uddhav Thackeray

The developments are variations on theme used by the BJP to form a government from an existing assembly by engineering defections: first in Karnataka, then in Madhya Pradesh.

Aditi Phadnis New Delhi
The crisis in the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) approached an endgame as an emotional Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray asked rebels to return, asserting that Shiv Sena had a chief minister in the saddle and asking whether they could guarantee this if the alliance partners changed. The rebels, led by Eknath Shinde, for their part, stuck to their ultimatum to their chief: drop the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from the alliance and tie up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a more ‘natural’ alliance: “or we will do it for you”.

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First Published: Jun 22 2022 | 11:13 PM IST

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