attended the weekly cabinet meeting virtually.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai today with Covid-like symptoms. Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde had requested time from the 80-year-old Maharashtra governor to meet at the Raj Bhavan while he was camping with 40 other MPs at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati.
“We will advance the Hindutva of Bala saheb,” said Eknath Shinde. They were received at the airport by Assam BJP MP Pallab Lochan Das. Shinde’s rebellion has thrown the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra into chaos, threatening its downfall as the numbers game in the legislature is not in their favour.
Thackeray called off the meeting with Shiv Sena MPs hours after the party asked all its MPs from Maharashtra, including the rebels accompanying Shinde, to attend a 5 p.m. legislative party meeting in Mumbai or do facing action under the Anti-Defection Act.
In response, Shinde, who camps in Guwahati with a section of Sena MPs loyal to him, said orders issued by Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu were “legally invalid” as MP Bharat Gogawale is appointed. chief party whip.
Prabhu wrote a letter and delivered it to some Sena ministers including Minister of State at Home Shambhuraj Desai who is currently staying with Shinde in Guwahati. “The Shiv Sena called for an urgent meeting today evening at the ‘Varsha’ bungalow as there have been attempts to make the MVA government unstable. Details regarding the meeting were shared with all members (MPs) on their registered email address, WhatsApp and SMS.
“You cannot remain absent from the meeting without providing a valid and sufficient reason. If you do not attend the meeting, it would be presumed that you have a clear intention to leave the party. Therefore, action will be taken against you based on the provisions to prevent anti-defection,” the letter reads.
“Shiv Sena MLA Bharat Gogawale has been appointed Chief Whip of the Sena Legislature. Orders issued by Sunil Prabhu regarding MPs meeting are legally invalid,” Shinde tweeted. A day earlier, the Sena had removed Shinde as a group leader in the Legislative Assembly. The Sena has 55 members in the assembly of 288 member states.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said in a tweet that ongoing political developments in Maharashtra could result in the dissolution of the state assembly.
Raut’s remarks came amid the ongoing crisis in the state’s Maha Vikas Aghadi following the Shinde rebellion. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Balasaheb Thorat said 41 MPs (out of a total of 44 in the state) attended the CLP meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday. The other three were on their way to the state capital, he said.
“Congress is united and all 44 deputies are together,” Thorat said. Shinde said 46 MPs support him. I have more numbers (of Shiv Sena MPs) than necessary (to form a separate group in the Assembly without inviting the provisions of the anti-defection law), he told a Marathi TV channel.
A chartered flight carrying MPs Shinde and Shiv Sena, who have rebelled against the party, arrived early Wednesday in the Assam city of Guwahati.
(with PTI entries)
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