NEW DELHI: In a major setback for the Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi, Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde and 10 other Shiv Sena MLAs are camping at a hotel in Gujarat’s Surat.
The political turmoil in the state comes after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged five seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena won two each while Congress was able to clinch one seat out of the total 10 seats in Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) that went to polls on Monday.
The turmoil in Maharashtra over cross-voting in the legislative assembly in favor of the BJP by ruling party MLAs is believed to be the reason behind the MLAs suddenly gone missing from Mumbai and reaching Surat.
Here are the top developments:
Uddhav calls Cabinet meeting tomorrow at 1pm
Maharashtra CM has called a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday at 1 pm .
Maharashtra CM speaks to Eknath Shinde
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to rebel party MLA Eknath Shinde. The talks reportedly took place for about 10 minutes.
Siv Sena MLAs kidnapped, says Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has alleged that several party MLAs have contacted the party leaders and said that they were kidnapped and kept at the Gujarat hotel.
Maharashtra CM calls meeting of MLAs
Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of party MLAs at 7pm amid political crisis in MVA. NCP leader Sharad Pawar is also likely to attend the meeting.
MVA government stable say Congress leaders
Our government is rock solid in Maharashtra, all Congress MLAs, and our alliance is firm. As far as Shiv Sena is concerned, their chief Uddhav Thackery will successfully bring a solution, says Congress’s Deepender Hooda on Shiv Sena MLAs and Eknath Shinde currently unreachable.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot has said, “I think the government is stable in Maharashtra, nothing to worry. Maharashtra govt will complete its full course.”
Sena removes Eknath Shinde as its Legislative party leader
Shiv Sena on Tuesday removed Eknath Shinde as its Legislative party leader after reports of him and 10 other MLAs camping in Gujarat.
Sewri MLA Ajay Chaudhary will replace Eknath Shinde as the new Shiv Sena Legislative party leader.
‘We will never abandon teachings of Bal Thackeray for power’
Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, who is camping in Surat with a few MLAs of his party, on Tuesday said he will never “cheat for power” and abandon the teachings of Bal Thackeray.

“We are staunch Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb who gave us lessons on Hindutva. We will never cheat for power and will never abandon the teachings of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe for power,” Shinde tweeted in Marathi, his first reaction on the ongoing political crisis triggered by him in the state.
No rift in MVA, BJP has tried in past and failed, says Pawar
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that there is an attempt to pull down the Maharashtra government which is happening for the third time dismissing rumours of a rift within the MVA government.
Pawar, who played a crucial role in the formation of the MVA government, said it will complete its full five-year term and ruled out going with the BJP, in case the state government falls.
While talking to the media on the crisis in the state, he said that Eknath Shinde never told them about his CM ambitions and assured that Uddhav Thackeray will handle the situation.
“It is an internal matter of Shiv Sena, they will inform us after assessing situation,” Pawar added.
When asked if the NCP will join BJP if the government in Maharashtra falls short, Sharad Pawar said that there is no question of going with the BJP.
No role in political developments: Maha BJP chief
Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil said his party has got nothing to do with political developments in the ruling Shiv Sena, whose minister Eknath Shinde has gone incommunicado along with some MLAs.
But, Patil also said if the BJP receives any proposal from Eknath Shinde to form government, they would “definitely consider it”.

People fed up of MVA govt: Union minister Danve
The political environment in Maharashtra is now clear after the Legislative Council elections and people are fed up with the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Union Minister Raosaheb Danve said.
The BJP leader claimed that there was no control among MVA constituents — the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, and there was complete negligence towards problems of the people.
“It has become evident from the Legislative Council polls that the votes of the MVA constituents were divided and the Independents have supported us (BJP). The BJP’s fifth candidate won, while the Congress’ candidate was defeated by the other two parties (Sena and NCP),” Danve said.
Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde goes incommunicado
At least 11 Shiv Sena MLAs are camping in a luxury hotel in Gujarat’s Surat district. The MLAs are led by senior Shiv Sena leader and urban development minister in the Maharashtra government Eknath Shinde.
Meanwhile, a heavy police deployment has been done at the luxury hotel at Magdalla Crossroads in Surat where the MLAs are camping. The movement of unauthorised persons has been restricted.

Sources close to the development in Gujarat BJP informed that Shinde and other rebel leaders were in touch with Gujarat BJP chief C R Patil. After reaching Surat the group of MLAs claimed to have met Patil.

“I am in Gandhinagar. I came to know that the MLAs have come to Surat,” said Patil, he refused to further comment on the issue at the moment.
Sources said reports were doing the rounds since Monday evening that Shinde along with 21 MLAs had gone “missing”.
Uddhav Thackeray holds emergency meeting
Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met top Sena MLAs on Tuesday after suspected cross-voting in Maharashtra MLC polls.
According to sources, all MLAs have been strictly asked to remain present in the meeting. Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde will be addressing a press conference in Surat today noon.
A meeting was underway on Tuesday between Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena top leaders and MLAs, even as state minister Eknath Shinde was camping along with some party legislators in Gujarat.
The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA- also comprising the NCP and Congress) suffered a setback on Monday when it lost out of six seats it contested in the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls.
On Tuesday, CM Thackeray, who is also the Shiv Sena president, held a meeting where party MLAs Sunil Kadam, Dada Bhuse, Neelam Gorhe, MPs Arvind Sawant and Vinayak Raut, MLC Manisha Kayande and other leaders were present.
How numbers stack up in Maharashtra assembly
In the House of 288, one seat is vacant because of the death of Shiv Sena legislator Ramesh Latke.
Meanwhile, two NCP MLAs Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik – currently in jail – were denied permission by the courts to vote.

Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs, NCP 53, Congress 44 , BJP 106, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) three, Samajwadi party, AIMIM and Prahar Janshakti party two each, MNS, CPI(M), PWP, Swabhimani Party, Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, Jansurajya Shakti party, Krantikari Shetkari Party one each, and there are 13 independent legislators.
Here’s a look at the numbers:

The majority mark to form the government is 144.

‘Shinde not in Mumbai, but communication established with him’
Maharashtra minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde is not in Mumbai, but a communication has been established with him, party MP Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Raut said it is a fact that contact with some MLAs could not be established on Monday night after the Legislative Council polls, but the party has been able to reach out to some of them now.
“Eknath Shinde is not Mumbai, but communication has been established with him,” Raut said.
Meanwhile, Raut said “BJP’s Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan pattern” to topple the MVA government will not succeed.
“Once we reach out to the missing MLAs, they will be back. Shinde is a trusted Shiv Sainik. The Shiv Sena is a party of loyalists and not those who fall to the lust of power and positions,” he said.
(With agency inputs)

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