Maharashtra Political crisis

Maharashtra Political crisis

The political crisis in Maharashtra continues to be at its apex with schismatic Ekanath Shinde who remains the leader of Shiv Sena. The home minister of Maharashtra Dilip Walse Patil denied claims made by Shiv Sena’s leader that the protection of rebel party MLAs is withdrawn by the Maharashtra Chief Minister and state Home Minister. It was stated that “There have been on orders issues either by the CM or the Home Ministry to withdraw the security of any MLA. Allegations being leveled to this effect are false.

The workers of Shiv Sena raided the office of the party’s legislator Tanaji Sawant who is one of those MLAs champing in Guwahati, Assam. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also reportedly flown to Surat and is now left with over 13 MLAs on the other hand, there are over 42 MLAs present with rebel leader Shinde. Meanwhile, there have been 4 names sent to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker to initiate an action of incompetency against them. The party has also decided to issue notice to 16 MLAs and ask them to respond by Monday. The names that were forwarded to the deputy speaker are - Sanjay Raymulkar, Chiman Patil, Ramesh Bornare, and Balaji Kalyankar.

The Assam Chief Minister informed the press that he was not aware of the fact that the MLAs of Maharashtra were residing in his state for quite a while. He also said that the state has several good hotels to provide and anyone could come and stay there. The MLAs who turned their back on Sena and joined Shinde have been residing in a five-star Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati.

During this political disruption, Congress has taken up with Shiv Sena and senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge who slammed the BJP and the central government for destabilizing a stable control. The Bharatiya Janta Party is also being accused of running another operation lotus as they did in Karnataka in 2019 and Madhya Pradesh in 2020.

Some Sena workers on Thursday demanded action against those who did not attend the 5 pm meeting called by the party on Wednesday.