Mumbai. The political crisis in Maharashtra has deepened due to the fight to capture Shiv Sena. Eknath Shinde, the leader of the rebel MLAs, has claimed the support of 38 MLAs. Which is one more than 37 required to be legally separated from the party. While in an emergency session in Mumbai, the National Executive reaffirmed its confidence in Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, authorizing him to take necessary action against the rebel MLAs. However, the party did not take any immediate action against Eknath Shinde.
According to a Hindustan Times news, while presenting the resolution in the National Executive, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said that ‘Shiv Sena and Balasaheb are two sides of the same coin and they cannot be separated. That’s why no one except Shiv Sena can use Shiv Sena and Balasaheb Thackeray. While Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said that no other political party or group can claim these names. He said that the party has written a letter to the Election Commission on this issue.
The meeting of the National Executive of Shiv Sena is usually held every five years. The next meeting was to be held in 2023. But on Friday, party president Uddhav Thackeray called an emergency meeting after Eknath Shinde’s rebellion. The extent to which Shinde has harmed the party is clear from the dwindling number of people who attended Saturday’s meeting. In the last executive meeting in 2018, 282 office bearers participated. Whereas on Saturday only 245 people were present.
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Eknath Shinde’s faction also held a meeting while camping at a hotel in Guwahati. After which the rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar said that the faction led by Shinde has formed Shiv Sena (Balasaheb). While 15 other MLAs, including the leader of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, have been issued summons from the Maharashtra Assembly Secretariat. Written reply has been sought from all of them by June 27 on the disqualification notice filed against them.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 26, 2022, 06:55 IST