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Maharashtra political crisis updates: Ready to quit Shiv Sena at this moment, CM Thackeray tells rebels

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut with party MLA Nitin Deshmukh addresses a press conference, in Mumbai. (ANI)Premium
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut with party MLA Nitin Deshmukh addresses a press conference, in Mumbai. (ANI)

The situation for Thackeray continues to become grimmer with his close aide switching sides and the chief minister himself falling short of numbers

Rebel leader Eknath Shinde appears to be tightening his grip on Shiv Sena with the number of MLAs in his team rising to 38. The rebel MLAs who are at a hotel in Guwahati since 20 June, authorised Shinde on 23 June to decide on a further course of action.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday called a meeting of the party's district chiefs where he said that he left the Varsha Bungalow but not the "will to fight".

24 Jun 2022, 10:45:31 PM IST

‘Ready to quit party’

Udhav Thackeray has said that he is ready to quit Shiv Sena if the rebel leaders tell him to. 

“If you think I am useless and incapable of running the party, tell me. I am ready to separate myself from the party, you can tell me. You respected me so far because Balasaheb said so. If you say I am incapable, then I am ready to quit the party right at this moment," he said. 

24 Jun 2022, 10:42:25 PM IST

State Deputy Speaker likely to send notices to 16 rebel MLAs

Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal is likely to send notices to 16 Shiv Sena rebel MLAs tomorrow for a hearing on the petition filed by Shiv Sena for their suspension, reported news agency ANI.

24 Jun 2022, 10:41:07 PM IST

Our own people have back-stabbed us: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has said that while the NCP and Congress continue to support the Shiv Sena, its own leaders have betrayed the party. 

“Congress and NCP are supporting us today. Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi have supported us. But our own people have backstabbed us. We gave tickets to people who could not have won and we made them victorious. Those people have backstabbed us today," said Thackeray. 

24 Jun 2022, 10:31:32 PM IST

Nothing to do with crisis faced by Shiv Sena: BJP

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Friday said that the party has "nothing to do" with the problems faced by Shiv Sena due to revolt by a section of its MLAs.

24 Jun 2022, 09:40:56 PM IST

Will never join BJP: Rebel MLA Yogesh Kadam

Rebel MLA Yogesh Kadam took to Twitter to say that he will not join BJP at any cost and will always remain a Shiv Sainik. 

“I was in Shiv the Sena yesterday, I am in the Shiv Sena today and will continue to be here. I won't join the BJP at any cost. In fact, there will be no such need. This step is taken to stop NCP from finishing Shiv Sena and it will strengthen the party more. I will return to my constituency Dapoli with the saffron flag in my hands. Be patient, do not believe in the rumours," Kadam tweeted.

24 Jun 2022, 08:44:46 PM IST

Rebels plans to oust Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal

In a meeting of Shiv Sena's rebel MLAs, they planned to take a resolution to oust Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, reported news agency ANI. Action is being taken to prepare for the motion with the signature of 46 MLAs of the rebel group.

24 Jun 2022, 07:52:40 PM IST

Shiv Sena calls meeting of party's national executive committee

Amid the political turmoil, Shiv Sena has called a meeting of the party's national executive committee at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai Saturday at 1 pm. CM will join the meeting through video conferencing.

24 Jun 2022, 07:49:58 PM IST

Sanjay Raut arrives at Matoshree

24 Jun 2022, 07:12:27 PM IST

Shiv Sena workers gather outside Matoshree

24 Jun 2022, 07:04:47 PM IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar reaches CM Thackeray's residence

24 Jun 2022, 06:24:29 PM IST

All police stations in Maharashtra ordered to be on high alert

All police stations in Maharashtra, especially those in Mumbai, have been ordered to remain on high alert, reported news agency 

This comes after police received information that Shiv Sainiks can take to the streets in large numbers. “To ensure that peace prevails, Police have been asked to remain alert."

24 Jun 2022, 05:42:30 PM IST

No national party in contact with us: Eknath Shinde

A day after claiming that a "powerful national party" was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde on Friday said no national party is in contact with them.

24 Jun 2022, 05:05:22 PM IST

Rebel MLAs want to break the party: CM Thackeray

Thackeray on Friday said rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are camping in Guwahati want to "break the party".

"I have said it earlier also that I don't have anything to do with power. The people who used to say that they would rather die than leave Shiv Sena have fled today," the Shiv Sena chief said during his virtual address at the meeting.

“The rebel MLAs want to break the party," he added. 

24 Jun 2022, 04:54:05 PM IST

Rebel MLAs will not succeed: Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi has said that the actions of rebel MLAs are legally and politically not feasible.

“We are Shiv Sainiks, we will fight and win. What they (rebel MLAs) are doing is legally and politically not feasible. It's not happening for the first time with Shiv Sena. Earlier also it had happened but all in vain. This time also it will not succeed," said Chaturvedi. 

24 Jun 2022, 03:56:01 PM IST

NCP leaders to meet CM Thackeray at 6.30 pm today: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said that leaders of his party will go to meet CM Uddhav Thackeray at 6.30 pm on Friday. “Our stand is the same as yesterday. We will try to keep the government stable," he said. 

24 Jun 2022, 03:52:36 PM IST

It is impossible to break MVA: NCP's Vidya Chavan

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vidya Chavan has said that the it is impossible to break the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), a day after Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said that the party may consider leaving the alliance. 

“Maharashtra's common people are with CM Uddhav Thackeray and the MVA government. Sharad Pawar said yesterday that we are together. It's impossible to break the MVA government. I want to tell the Modi government that Maharashtra will never bow down before Delhi and will fight till the end," said Chavan.

24 Jun 2022, 03:43:35 PM IST

‘Left Varsha, not the fight'

In his address to Shiv Sena's district chiefs and taluka heads, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that he has left the Varsha bungalow, but not given up the will to fight to the ongoing political crisis. 

Further, he said he does not hold any grudge against the deserters joining the rebel camp of Eknath Shinde.

24 Jun 2022, 02:51:53 PM IST

Assam BJP MLA Taranga Gogoi arrives at Guwahati's Radisson Blu

24 Jun 2022, 02:42:09 PM IST

Cong advises rebel leader Shinde to leave Assam

Assam Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Borah on Friday wrote a letter to rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and advised him to leave Assam at the earliest in the greater interest of the state.

Borah said that the MLAs' presence in Guwahati has not gone well with the Assamese people and is creating an unhealthy atmosphere.

24 Jun 2022, 02:37:46 PM IST

Govt depts issue GRs for sanction worth crores in last 4 days

Amid the political crisis, the state departments – mostly controlled by ruling allies NCP and Congress – have issued government orders for the release of funds worth thousands of crores in the last four days for various development-related works, reported news agency PTI.

24 Jun 2022, 01:53:12 PM IST

Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra assembly approves MLA Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena Legislative party leader

Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra assembly approves Shisv Sena's proposal to appoint MLA Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena Legislative party leader in the state Assembly. A letter in this regard was sent to the Shiv Sena office by the Deputy speaker's office

24 Jun 2022, 01:49:56 PM IST

Watch: Shiv Sena supporters throw black ink at Eknath Shinde's poster

Shiv Sena supporters throw black ink and eggs at a poster showing a picture of rebel MLA Eknath Shinde, also raise slogans against him, in Nashik

24 Jun 2022, 01:34:10 PM IST

Govt depts headed by Sena allies NCP, Cong issue GRs for sanction of funds worth crores

The departments - mostly controlled by ruling allies NCP and Congress - have issued government orders for the release of funds for various development-related works worth thousands of crores in the last four days. Between June 20 and 23, the departments issued as many as 182 government resolutions (GRs), while on June 17, they passed 107 such GRs. These orders can be seen on the government's official website.

24 Jun 2022, 12:58:09 PM IST

We will win on the Floor of the House: Shiv Sena

We will win on the Floor of the House, we won't give up. They (MLAs) have taken a very wrong step. We also gave them a chance to return to Mumbai. Now, we challenge them to come to Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on rebel MLAs

24 Jun 2022, 12:57:04 PM IST

All leaders of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are in touch: Sanjay Raut

'CM Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar ji are in constant touch. All leaders of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are in touch with each other," says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

24 Jun 2022, 12:23:41 PM IST

No BJP role in current political crisis in Maha, claims party leader

BJP's Maharashtra unit chief Chandrakant Patil on Friday asserted that his party did not play any role in the ongoing political crisis in the state. He, however, admitted that Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis visited Delhi on Thursday "for some work", without divulging any details. Patil's remarks come a day after NCP chief Sharad Pawar asserted that the BJP has played a role in the crisis that has befallen the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.

24 Jun 2022, 11:47:38 AM IST

We are confident of rebels supporting MVA in floor test: Shiv Sena's Raut

In the wake of Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde's rebellion, MP Sanjay Raut on Friday admitted that the party's numbers in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly have dwindled, but expressed confidence that the rebel MLAs will support the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) combine during the floor test, saying that "figures can change any time".

24 Jun 2022, 10:41:51 AM IST

Uddhav Thackeray to chair crucial party meeting today

Shiv Sena on Friday called a meeting of the party leaders including district presidents and chief district coordinators as a confidence-building measure. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at Shiv Sena Bhawan in Mumbai at 12

24 Jun 2022, 10:37:57 AM IST

Threats are being given to Sharad Pawar ji by a Central minister: Shiv Sena's Raut

The Shiv Sena today alleged that Maharashtra alliance leader Sharad Pawar had been threatened by a Union Minister. Threats are being given to Sharad Pawar ji by a Central minister. Do such threats have the support of Modi Ji and Amit Shah Ji?...We are taking action to disqualify the (rebel) MLAs: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

24 Jun 2022, 09:57:06 AM IST

We are real Shiv Sena: Eknath Shinde

With the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seeking cancellation of membership of several rebel MLAs, minister Eknath Shinde, who has spearheaded the revolt against the party, has claimed that the group led by him is the "real Shiv Sena", and also hit back saying he and his supporters will not be intimidated by the disqualification threats.

24 Jun 2022, 09:22:05 AM IST

Congress, NCP trying to eliminate Shiv Sena in Maharashtra: Rebel MLA Sanjay Shirsat

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat has claimed that both Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are trying to eliminate Shiv Sena politically from Maharashtra and the MLAs made several attempts to inform Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about the malafide intentions of alliance partners.

24 Jun 2022, 09:12:27 AM IST

Can't scare us: Eknath Shinde after Sena demands disqualification of rebel MLAs

Eknath Shinde has hit back at the Shiv Sena after the party on Thursday wrote to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker seeking the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs. Taking to Twitter, Shinde wrote, "You cannot scare us by giving the names of 12 MLAs for disqualification because we are followers of the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. We know the law, so we do not pay heed to threats."

"We know your ways and the law too! According to Schedule 10 of the Constitution, the whip is used for assembly work, not for meetings," he further said in a tweet.

24 Jun 2022, 09:09:17 AM IST

Number of MLAs in Shinde camp may rise to 50 today

“The strength of Shiv Sena MLAs in the Eknath Shinde camp is expected to cross 50 as more MLAs are likely to reach Guwahati today," news agency ANI reported quoting its sources.

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