Shiv Sena has also called a meeting of the party’s national executive committee at Sena Bhavan, Mumbai on Saturday at 1 pm. CM Uddhav Thackeray will join the meeting through video conferencing.
Earlier Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched a scorching counter-attack on the rebels, daring them to win the elections “without using the name of Shiv Sena or the Thackerays”, even as allies Nationalist Congress Party-Congress reiterated their commitment to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde took a U-turn saying no national party is in contact with them, a day after claiming that a “powerful national party” was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra.
Eknath Shinde has the numbers now. All 37 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are camping in Guwahati have sent a letter to Maharashtra Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, stating that Eknath Shinde will remain their group leader in legislature.The Shiv Sena rebel group is likely to withdraw support to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government soon. Shinde is likely to send a letter to Maharashtra governor BS Koshyari to this effect.
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Sena MLAs who have revolted were given Assembly poll tickets even though many Shiv Sainiks were aspiring for nomination: CM Thackeray.
Shiv Sena like a sword, if you keep it in sheath,it rusts. If you take it out,it shines. It’s time to shine
– Uddhav Thackeray
BJP wants to finish Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray
“Those who left us have no option but to go to BJP. The BJP wants just one thing – to finish Shiv Sena.”
If you think I’m useless and incapable of running the party, tell me. I’m ready to separate myself from the party, you can tell me. You respected me so far because Balasaheb said so. If you say I am incapable, then I am ready to quit the party right at this moment.
– Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray, during an online interaction with cadres, claimed that some rebel MLAs are calling him from Guwahati.
Shinde told me that MLAs want Sena to go with BJP a few days back: Uddhav Thackeray
“A few days back when I suspected this, I called Eknath Shinde and told him to perform his duty of taking Shiv Sena forward, doing this isn’t right. He told me NCP-Congress are trying to finish us and MLAs want us to go with BJP. I told him to bring to me MLAs who want it,” Thackeray quoted as saying by ANI.
Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday has appealed the party’s district presidents from across the state to start working for strengthening party at the grassroot level.
Congress and NCP are supporting us today, Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi have supported us. But our own people have backstabbed us. We gave tickets to people who could not have won and we made them victorious. Those people have backstabbed us today
– Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal likely to send notices to rebel MLAs tomorrow: ANI
“Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal is likely to send notices to 16 Shiv Sena rebel MLAs tomorrow for a hearing on the petition filed by Shiv Sena for their suspension. The hearing may take place on Monday, 27th June, news wire agency ANI claimed quoting sources.
We have nothing to do with crisis faced by Shiv Sena: Maharashtra BJP chief
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Friday said that the party has “nothing to do” with the problems faced by Shiv Sena due to revolt by a section of its MLAs. His remarks came a day after rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said he has the support of a “big national party”. Patil said BJP “will not try to overthrow” the Maha Vikas Aghadi government and it “will collapse due to internal strife”.
Congress workers protest outside Guwahati hotel
In a strongly-worded letter to Shinde, which has been accessed by IANS, Assam Congress President Bhupen Kumar Borah said that the presence of Maharashtra MLAs in Guwahati, who have been kept in a hotel for alleged horse-trading to topple an elected government, and the continued media coverage of the same, has not gone down well with the Assamese people and is creating an unhealthy atmosphere.
Talk to rebels, don’t challenge them: Sena MLA Jadhav tells Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav on Friday asked party leader Sanjay Raut to communicate with the rebel legislators instead of “challenging” them. “Communicate with the rebels, find out if their grievances are genuine. Differences can be resolved through communication,” Jadhav, MLA from Chiplun, told reporters. Jadhav is one of the few MLAs who have not joined the rebel camp led by senior Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde.
Rebel MLAs planning to oust Deputy Speaker: ANI
Action is being taken to prepare for the Motion with the signature of 46 MLAs of the rebel group, ANI claimed.
Uddhav camp seeking legal opinion on disqualification of rebel MLAs
Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni has been called by Assembly Secretariat to seek legal opinion on the current political crisis which includes the disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs, as pleaded by Shiv Sena.
Meeting between NCP leaders and Uddhav Thackeray ends
After almost two-hour-long meeting, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, and Ajit Pawar left Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence. Pawar, however, did not speak to the media.
No one came to see me when I was diagnosed with cancer: Yamini Jadhav, rebel Shiv Sena MLA from Byculla
“I’ll always be a Shiv Sainik &never betray Shiv Sena. I had to take this step because of several reasons. Voters of Byculla assembly will understand this. When I was diagnosed with cancer, no senior leader of the party came to see me,” said Yamini Jadhav, rebel Shiv Sena MLA from Byculla.
Sanjay Raut arrives at Matoshree
#WATCH | Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut arrives at Matoshree (Thackeray residence) in Mumbai. Amid political turmoil in… https://t.co/reuvfIzhWx
— ANI (@ANI) 1656080192000
Shiv Sena calls national executive committee meeting in Mumbai tomorrow
Shiv Sena has called a meeting of the party’s national executive committee at Sena Bhavan, Mumbai tomorrow at 1 pm. CM Uddhav Thackeray will join the meeting through video conferencing.
Development works should not be hampered by political crisis: Uddhav Thackeray tells bureaucrats
“Don’t hold up important development works related to welfare of people. Get in touch with me directly,” Thackeray said during a review meeting attended by divisional commissioners, district collectors, municipal commissioners and secretaries of government departments at the state secretariat. The CM told the bureaucrats that citizens’ grievances should be addressed without any delay.
Uddhav Thackeray being punished by God for shielding guilty in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case: Bihar BJP leader
Nikhil Anand, who is the party’s state spokesman and also the OBC Morcha national general secretary, spewed venom against Thackeray’s Shiv Sena, calling it a “pharji” (fake) political outfit. “There is a curse on Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aditya and their loudmouth spokesman Sanjay Raut,” Anand said in a statement, accusing the Shiv Sena-led government in the western state of “destruction” of evidence in the case relating.
Shiv Sena workers gather outside Matoshree
#WATCH | Shiv Sena workers gather outside Matoshree (Thackeray residence) in Mumbai as a meeting between CM Uddhav… https://t.co/C9UBiVhjVu
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BJP trying to oust Uddhav ever since he took over as Maha CM: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Speaking to ANI, the Congress leader said, “From the day Uddhav Thackeray took over as Maharashtra CM, BJP is using all its resources, and muscle power, with a single objective to oust him from power.” “However, the Opposition is believed to be united. Sharad Pawar has tried to save this government. That is why it is astonishing to know that even leader like Sharad Pawar is intimidated. MVA govt is gradually earning the trust of the common people but it can’t be digested by BJP,” he added.
Rebel Sena MLA poster torn, smeared with ink
Maharashtra | Poster of Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande, who is currently camping in Guwahati with rebel party leader Ekn… https://t.co/QgU1QyEMhE
— ANI (@ANI) 1656076551000
Your son (Shrikant Shinde) can be an MP, but should not Aaditya also grow politically
– Uddhav Thackeray to Eknath Shinde
Shiv Sena workers vandalize board at rebel MLA’s office in Mumbai
Shiv Sena workers on Friday vandalized a board outside the office of party MLA Mangesh Kudalkar who is part of the group of rebel legislators led by senior Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde, police said. Kudalkar represents the Kurla assembly constituency in the city. He is camping in Guwahati along with Shinde and other Sena MLAs who have rebelled against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Visuals: NCP leaders at Matoshree
#WATCH | NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state cabinet minister Jayant Patil and party leader Praful… https://t.co/7W2Rq6fO89
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Sharad Pawar, Jayan Patil reaches Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, meeting underway
Maharashtra Police on high alert, fearing protests by Shiv Sainiks
“All Police stations in Maharashtra, especially those in Mumbai, have been ordered to remain on high alert. Police received info that Shiv Sainiks can take to the streets in large numbers. To ensure that peace prevails, Police have been asked to remain alert,” Maharashtra Police said.
Cong tells Eknath Shinde to leave flood-hit Assam, demonstrates before hotel
The Assam unit of the Congress on Friday staged demonstrations near a luxury hotel where rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other Maharashtra MLAs accompanying him are staying demanding that they leave the state as it is reeling under a devastating flood. Assam Congress chief Bhupen Bora also wrote a letter to Shinde telling him that their presence at such a critical juncture has “defamed” the state.
ED confiscates land of Sena leader in Uddhav camp
Enforcement Directorate has confiscated 200 acres of land relating to former minister and Shiv Sena leader Arjun Khotkar. He is presently in the Uddhav Thackeray camp.
No national party in contact with us: Rebel Sena MLA Eknath Shinde
A day after claiming that a “powerful national party” was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde on Friday said no national party is in contact with them. Asked if BJP was backing his group, Shinde told a TV channel, “When I said a big power is backing us, I meant the power of Balasaheb Thackeray and (late Shiv Sena leader) Anand Dighe.”
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil, and Praful Patel reportedly will meet Uddhav Thackeray later this evening
MVA crisis: RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav accuses Centre of destabilising non-BJP state governments
“BJP is destabilising non-BJP state governments by all means. Whatever is happening in Maharashtra seems pre-planned. Either they pressurise, scare or they buy. Even in Bihar, people rejected BJP but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was pressurised and same happened in the state,” RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said to ANI.
Himanta Biswa Sarma invites Uddhav Thackeray for ‘vacation’ in Assam
Speaking to ANI on Friday, Sarma said, “If the rebel MLAs stay in Assam for more days, then it is a good thing for me. I invite everyone. He (Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray) should also come to Assam for vacation. I invite all the MLAs of the country to come to Assam.”
All tourists are welcome: CM Sarma
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma sought to downplay the camping of Maharashtra’s rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in his state saying all “tourists” are welcome there. “Some people have come to Assam. They booked hotels. I am happy for that. You also come, it will help Assam’s economy,” he said . Sarma is under severe criticism from opposition parties, who allege his party is focussing on sabotaging governments in other states while Assam itself is hit by floods.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray leaves from Shiv Sena Bhawan after attending the party’s district leaders’ meeting in Mumbai
Will fight and win: Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi to Rebel MLAs
“We’re Shiv Sainik and will fight and will win. What they (Rebel MLAs) are doing is not legal and politically not feasible. It’s not happening for the first time with Shiv Sena. Earlier also it had happened but all in vain. This time also it’ll not succeed,” said Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Ajit Pawar rejects BJP allegation on GRs
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar brushed aside BJP allegations on the Uddhav Thackeray government issuing many government orders,. The government is in a majority and hence has the powers to take a decision, he said.
Eknath Shinde is , meanwhile, back at the hotel.
Uddhav’s emotional address
You need to rebuild the party, there is no one with us now: Uddhav tells his Shiv Sena cadres
Uddhav accuses MLAs of betraying him while he was ill
Uddhav Thackeray accuses the Shiv Sena MLAs of going behind his back while he was in hospital ( last November) with two surgeries. He said his rivals tried to use that opportunity while he was ill.
Balasaheb loved Shiv Sena more than he loved me: Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray addresses party office-bearers: “If you want to let me know (that I am not good enough) then I will quit this post (of party president). Balasaheb loved the Shiv Sena more than he loved me. If you think you are capable, then forget that I am his son and take the Shiv Sena forward. “
Won’t tolerate allegations against Matoshree: Uddhav Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray tells his office-bearers: One should be ambitious (referring to Shinde) however it should not be so much that you try to eat the person who gave you everything. Will not sit quiet against those who are making filthy allegations against Matoshree. Wins and losses are determined by votes, if you lose then the people bring you back to power. I will trust only those who come before me, (and talk about issues) otherwise I won’t be doing anything.
From the day Uddhav Thackeray took over as Maharashtra CM,BJP is using all its resources, muscle power, with a single objective to oust him from power.
– Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Uddhav Thackeray blames BJP
Uddhav Thackeray tells Shiv Sena party officebearers that the rebellion is engineered by the BJP.
Those who have rebelled have a monstrous desire to capture power. Those who have left I ask them to survive without taking the name of Thackeray and Shiv Sena. Those who want to quit if you think you have a future there (with Eknath Shinde) you are free to go, I will not stop you.
– Uddhav Thackeray , Maharashtra CM
Similar allegations were made against my father too: Uddhav Thackeray
Udddhav Thackeray addresses office bearers via online: “I am not keen on holding to power. We have been betrayed earlier too however we have always come back to power. The Chief Minister normally holds the post of the Urban Development department. But I have given it to Eknath Shinde. Allegations are being made that i have been surrounded by a coterie, the same allegation was made against my father Balasaheb Thackeray. They are probably referring to Aaditya Thackeray, but he (Eknath Shinde)’ son himself is an MP, so shouldnt my son be doing anything?”
We won’t relent…we will win on the floor of the House. If this battle is fought on the roads, we will win that too. We gave the opportunity to those who left, but now it’s too late. I challenge them to come on the floor of the house. MVA govt will complete the remaining two and half years.
– Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader
Assam BJP MLA at hotel
Assam BJP MLA Taranga Gogoi arrives at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati., reports ANI
Plenty of GRS issued over the last few days
- Departments – mostly controlled by ruling allies NCP and Congress – have issued government resolutions for the release of funds for various development-related works worth thousands of crores in the last four days, reports PTI.
- Between June 20 and 23, the departments issued as many as 182 government resolutions (GRs), while on June 17, they passed 107 such GRs. These orders can be seen on the government’s official website.
- GRs are essentially an approval order sanctioning release of funds for development related works.
Another rebel arrives at Guwahati hotel
Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande joins other rebel MLAs at Guwahati hotel
BJP is destabilising non-BJP state govts by all means. Whatever’s happening in Maharashtra seems pre-planned. Either they pressurise, scare or they buy. Even in Bihar, people rejected BJP but CM Nitish Kumar was pressurised and same happened in the state.
– RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav
Aaditya Thackeray to address party functionaries
Shiv Sena minister Aaditya Thackeray will address party functionaries in the afternoon. Party MP Vinayak Raut said Thackeray will address the party office-bearers at the Shiv Sena Bhavan. “He will address the district chiefs and ‘sampark pramukhs’ (liaison heads) at the Sena Bhavan,” he said, adding that the party firmly stands behind Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Congress protest outside Guwahati’s Radisson Blu Hotel
Congress stages protest outside Guwahati’s Radisson Blu Hotel where rebel Sena MLAs are staying, several leaders detained
State secretariat accepts appointment of Ajay Choudhary as group leader of Sena
State legislative secretariat issues letter to the Shiv Sena legislative party that it has accepted the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as group leader of the Shiv Sena.
Aditya Thackeray meets district chiefs at Sena Bhawan
BJP leader asks Governor to intervene on GRs
BJP leader Pravin Darekar has written to Governor BS Koshyari and has asked him to intervene saying that the MVA government is using indiscriminately issuing GR’s. In the last 48 hours 160 Government Resolutions and Darekar has said that the decisions are being done in ‘hasty’ and quite ‘suspicious’.
Shinde leaves Guwahati to Mumbai
- Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde leaves Guwahati hotel to Mumbai, reports ToI
- Koshyari is going to be discharged today from hospital
Assam Congress chief asks rebel MLAs to leave Assam
- Assam Congress chief Bhupen Kumar Borah writes to rebel Maharashtra Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and asks him to leave Assam at the earliest “in the interest of the state”
- “Assam defamed by your presence considering Guwahati as a safe heaven for MLAs who have no respect for constitutional values and loyalty at all.”
They have taken a very wrong step. We challenge them to come to Mumbai: Raut
- We will win on the Floor of the House, we won’t give up. They (MLAs) have taken a very wrong step. We also gave them a chance to return to Mumbai. Now, we challenge them to come to Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
- CM Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar are in constant touch. All leaders of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are in touch with each other