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Maharashtra political crisis: SC to hear Shinde's plea against disqualification notice on Monday

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde during a meeting with other rebel Maharashtra MLAs, at a hotel in Guwahati, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (PTI)Premium
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde during a meeting with other rebel Maharashtra MLAs, at a hotel in Guwahati, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (PTI)

Maharashtra political crisis news live updates: The turmoil in Maharashtra, triggered due to a revolt by a group of Shiv Sena MLAs led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, has shown no signs of heading towards a resolution.

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The turmoil in Maharashtra, triggered due to a revolt by a group of Shiv Sena MLAs led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, has shown no signs of heading towards a resolution. On Saturday night, Assam minister Ashok Singhal on arrived at Radisson Blu Hotel in Assam's Guwahati to meet rebel Maharashtra MLAs, including Eknath Shinde.

CM Uddhav Thackeray has upped the ante and said those who want to leave can do so. Earlier on Friday, he also said that he is ready to quit Shiv Sena if the rebel leaders tell him to. Meanwhile, the situation remains tense in various parts of the state, with the police imposing section 144 in Mumbai till 10 July and in Thane city till 30 June.

Also Read: Maharashtra political crisis: Disqualification plea of rebel MLAs to go to judiciary? Expert explains

Here are the important updates to the story you should know now:

Maha guv writes to govt for adequate security forces amid protests against rebel MLAs

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla requesting the adequate provision of Central security forces in the state against the backdrop of shivsainiks vandalising offices of rebel MLAs.

Vacation bench of SC to hear Shinde's plea on Monday

Amid an ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, the vacation bench of the apex court will hear Eknath Shinde's plea against disqualification notice on Monday.

Shinde camp to move SC

Eknath Shinde camp has decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking the top court’s intervention on all fronts – disqualification notice, rejection of the no confidence motion as well as appointment of the legislative party leader.

Chartered flight with 'rebel Shiv Sena MLA' on way to Guwahati

A chartered aircraft from Surat in Gujarat carrying three passengers, including at least one dissident MLA from Maharashtra, is set to reach Guwahati today evening.

MVA govt will last two to three days: Union min Danve

Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Sunday said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra, racked by rebellion in main constituent Shiv Sena, will last "two to three days".

Another minister joins Shinde camp

Uday Samant, Maharashtra Minister of Higher and Technical Education, joins Eknath Shinde faction at Guwahati. He is the eighth minister to join the Shinde camp.

'Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs won't be taken back into the party'

Shiv Sena's doors are open for those who want to leave and those who want to return to the party. Those rebel MLAs who are traitors will not be taken back into the party, says Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray.

Shiv Sena workers stage protest in Jammu

A group of Shiv Sena activists on Sunday staged a protest here against the prevailing political crisis in Maharashtra and demanded a high-level probe against the BJP for its alleged role in “horse-trading" to pull down Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government.

Centre provides Y+ security to 15 rebel Sena MLAs

Central government has provided 'Y+' category armed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, ANI has reported citing sources. The names of the 15 MLAs are Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve, Sadanand Saranavnkar, Yogesh Dada Kadam, Pratap Sarnaik, Yamini Jadhav, Pradeep Jaiswal, Sanjay Rathod, Dadaji Bhuse, Dilip Lande, Balaji Kalyanar, Sandipan Bhumare.

Eknath Shinde camp to approach court after orders to remove him as Legislature Party leader

Eknath Shinde camp to approach court after seeking legal opinion on Maharashtra Dy Speaker's decision to remove Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader. Shinde faction says Dy Speaker should've given at least 7 days to rebel MLAs to reply to the notice, News agency ANI has reported citing sources

Supporters of Eknath Shinde camp paint over posters erected in support of Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena workers hold 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

 

Thane district Shiv Sena chief Naresh Mhaske quits

Eknath Shinde loyalist Naresh Mhaske on Saturday resigned as the Thane district president of Shiv Sena in protest against the “attitude" of MVA constituent NCP but stressed he will always remain a Shivsainik. In a letter addressed to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, the former Thane mayor said Shivsainiks are feeling (politically) “suffocated" because of “Rashtravadi" (NCP) in the last two-and-a-half years.“I am resigning as the Thane district president of Shiv Sena but will continue to remain a shivsainik forever," he stated. Mhaske said Shivsainiks believe in the aggressive Hindutva.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari discharged from hospital after recovery from COVID-19

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari discharged discharged from hospital today after his recovery from COVID-19. On 22 June, he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to HN Reliance Foundation hospital for purposes.

Bhagat Singh Koshyari discharged from hospital
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Bhagat Singh Koshyari discharged from hospital

Sanjay Raut takes a jibe at rebel MLAs

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday took a jibe rebel MLAs and asked how long they will hide in Guwahati in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Assam finally they have to return to Mumbai.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari likely to be discharged today

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari likely to be discharged from hospital today after his recovery from COVID-19, news agency ANI has reported citing Raj Bhavan sources. On 22 June, Bhagat Singh Koshyari had tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to HN Reliance Foundation hospital, Mumbai on Wednesday for treatment purposes.

Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde calls a meeting of MLAs at 12 PM

Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde on 26 June has called a meeting of MLAs at 12 pm in Guwahati hotel, to discuss further strategy, news agency ANI has reported citing sources.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday made a veiled attack at the rebel MLAs including Eknath Shinde who have been camping at a five-star hotel in BJP-ruled Assam. In a tweet, Raut shared a picture of quote from author Rudyard Kipling which read, "Beware of overconcern for money, or position or glory. Someday you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are."

Thane District Administration had issued an order banning any kind of political procession, gathering or sloganeering in the district till June 30. Thane Police has currently imposed Sec 144 CrPC in Thane city. The Mumbai Police too has imposed section 144 of the CrPC in Maharashtra's capital city and heightened security outside the residence of Eknath Shinde, after Shiv Sena workers ransacked the office of some rebel MLAs.

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the alleged 'malicious' withdrawal of security of family members of the 38 MLAs camping with him in a Guwahati hotel. "Malicious withdrawal of security of family members of the 38 MLAs". "The government is responsible for protecting them and their families," he tweets.

The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’. "Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party, said MLA Deepak Kesarkar. Kesarkar, the spokesperson of rebel leader Eknath Shinde's group, has said they have not quit Shiv Sena and possess a two-thirds majority. He also asserted that there is no role of the BJP behind their revolt against the Shiv Sena leadership. After the Shiv Sena rebel MLAs of Eknath Shinde faction on Saturday named their group as 'Shiv Sena Balasaheb', CM Thackeray has said that the leaders are free to do as they please but no one should use the party patriarch's name. “Some people are asking me to say something but I have already said that they (rebel MLAs) can do whatever they want to do. I will not interfere in their matters. They can take their own decision. But no one should use Balasaheb Thackeray's name," he said.

Eknath Shinde faction has asked the hotel management to extend its booking in Guwahati for two more days. Earlier the booking was till 28 June, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier on Saturday, rebel MLA Chimanrao Patil on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over Shiv Sena's alliance with its "traditional rival" parties, Congress and NCP and said that they had urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to stitch a "natural alliance". The leader, however, added that there was no response from the Chief Minister which is why Eknath Shinde, who is leading the faction, "took a stand". "We are traditionally the rivals of NCP and Congress, they are our primary challengers in constituencies. We requested CM Uddhav Thackeray that natural alliance should be done," said Shiv Sena rebel MLA Chimanrao Patil in a video tweeted by Eknath Shinde.

Rebel leader Eknath Shinde took to Twitter to say that he is fighting this battle for the betterment of party workers. “Shiv Sena workers must understand that I want to free Shiv Sena and its workers from the clutches of MVA govt and I have been struggling for the same. This battle is for the betterment of party workers," he wrote.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant claimed that some of the rebel MLAs went to Assam with Eknath Shinde due to pressure and fear and many want to come back. "Some of them (rebel MLAs) went due to pressure & fear, that's why they were taken so far to Assam. Many MLAs are calling us that they want to come back. It's Maharashtra's misfortune that when there's unemployment and inflation, some people are only concerned about getting into power. Without Shiv Sena's chief, they (rebel MLAs) can't even exist, nobody will ask them," Sawant told ANI.

Eknath Shinde faction has asked the hotel management to extend its booking in Guwahati for two more days. Earlier the booking was till 28 June, reported news agency ANI.

Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly has issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs of Eknath Shinde camp currently staying in Assam's Guwahati, reported news agency ANI. All the 16 MLAs to whom the disqualification notice has been issued are supposed to file their written replies by 27 June.

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