The Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP – the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra – have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named as Prime Minister as a way out of the huge political crisis that has engulfed the ruling coalition, sources said. Shiv Sena rebels have written to the Governor declaring Eknath Shinde as their leader.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena in his mouthpiece “Saamana” described Mr Shinde as a “traitor”. The mouthpiece further said that the MLAs who were elected on Shiv Sena tickets have been “caught in the grip of the BJP”.
The Maharashtra political crisis took another turn on Wednesday after Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has tested positive for COVID-19, moved back to “Matoshree” – his family home – from his official residence “Varsha”.
The move came shortly after Mr Thackeray gave an emotional speech through a Facebook live session, saying, “If my own people do not want me as Chief Minister, he should walk up to me and say so … I’m ready to resign … I am Balasaheb’s son, I am not after a post … If you want me to resign, let me resign and take all my belongings to Matoshree “.
“I’m willing to step down, but can you promise me that the next chief minister will be from Shiv Sena?” he added.
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The Mumbai Police have stepped up security at the home and office of the rebel leaders. Additional contingent of CRPF has also been called in, sources told NDTV
The Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP – the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra – have suggested that rebel Eknath Shinde be named as Prime Minister as a way out of the huge political crisis that has engulfed the ruling coalition, sources said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve said on Wednesday that the political crisis in Maharashtra was Shiv Sena’s internal matter and the BJP is not staking claim to form a government in the state.
Mr Danve, who met party leader Devendra Fadnavis, told the media here that no Shiv Sena MLA is in touch with the party.
“We have not spoken to Eknath Shinde. This is Shiv Sena’s internal matter. BJP has nothing to do with this. We are not staking claim to form the government,” said Mr Danve who is Minister of State for Railways.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray moved back to “Matoshree” – his family home – from his official residence “Varsha” on Wednesday, shortly after delivering an emotional speech for the rebels led by Eknath Shinde.
Late in the evening, a huge crowd assembled outside Matoshree in a show of solidarity. Videos from the spot showed the car having trouble negotiating through the crowd. Mr Thackeray was seen getting out of the car and greeting the visitors.
After exchanging civilities, they walked into the house. Mr Thackeray’s son and State Minister Aaditya Thackeray was also seen greeting the party workers.