Maharashtra political crisis: Uddhav Thackeray leaves his official residence; 4 other deputies join the clan of the rebel Eknath Shinde

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NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray discussed various options to appease rebel leader Eknath Shinde, including the possibility of giving him the post of chief minister

Maharashtra’s political crisis continues to simmer with every passing minute. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is suffering from COVID-19, quit his official residents on Wednesday evening, hours after addressing Shiv Sena dissidents.

Here are the latest Maharashtra policy developments in 10 points:

1- Uddhav Thackeray left ‘Varsha’, his official residence in South Mumbai and moved to Matoshri in the suburb of Bandra, which is the private bungalow of the Thackeray family. Sena workers waved slogans and showered petals on the CM as he left his official home with his family members

2 – On Wednesday evening, Thackeray in an 18-minute live webcast reached out to the rebels with an emotional appeal and offered to step down, saying he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik succeeded him

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3- The CM has also said that he is also ready to give up the post of party chairman if Shiv Sainiks feels unable to lead the team that leads the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and also includes the NCP and the Congress

4 – “Why make statements from Surat (where the rebels first headed on Monday night) and other places. Come and tell me to my face that I am incompetent to handle the post of Chief Minister and Chairman of Shiv Sena I will resign immediately. I will keep my letter of resignation ready and you can come and bring it to Raj Bhavan,” Thackeray told rebel Shiv Sena rebel leaders who are camping in a hotel in Guwahati in BJP-run Assam.

5- Rebel leader Eknath Shinde remained defiant and insisted that the Shiv Sena withdraw from the ‘unnatural’ ruling MVA alliance and claimed the support of a ‘sufficient number’ of MPs. He tweeted, “It is necessary to leave the unholy alliance for the sake of the Shiv Sainiks and the Shiv Sena. It is important to make a decision in the interest of the state.”

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6 – Four other MPs from Maharashtra – Manjula Gavit, Chandrakant Patil, Gulabrao Patil and Yogesh Kadam – arrived in Surat from Gujarat on Wednesday afternoon, from where they were flown to Guwahati in Assam, where other party rebels led by Shinde are currently camped out.

7 – Shinde claimed the support of 46 MPs, including independents. He also argued that while the NCP and Congress grew stronger in the MVA alliance, the Shiv Sena, which leads the ruling bloc, and its workers were systematically weakened.

8- NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Thackeray on Wednesday discussed various options to appease Shinde, including the possibility of giving him the post of chief minister. sources at News18 said that during the meeting, Pawar and Thackeray discussed whether Shinde could be given the post of chief minister and whether a reshuffle of cabinet portfolios could be carried out to overcome the crisis.

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9 – Sources at Shiv Sena say Pawar told Thackeray not to tender his resignation. “If a ground test takes place, we will fight collectively to prove the numbers,” the sources quoted Pawar as saying. The NCP leader also told the Maharashtra CM that he and his party would support him in whatever decisions he takes throughout the crisis.

10- Shinde also delivered a letter to the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, signed by 35 Sena MPs, replacing Sunil Prabhu with Bharat Gogavale as Chief Legislative Party Whip Shiv Sena.

With contributions from agencies

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