In the letter, Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Shirsat claimed that Eknath Shinde decided to go against the party leadership as Sena lawmakers, who allegedly faced “humiliation” over the past two years and a half, persuaded him to do so.
Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde on Thursday shared an open letter written by an MP from his side accusing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray of making his official house inaccessible by closing its doors to them and making them wait for hours .
In the letter dated June 22, Sena MP Sanjay Shirsat of the Aurangabad (Western) Assembly Headquarters also claimed that Shinde had decided to go against the party leadership as than Sena legislators, who have allegedly been “humiliated” for the past two and a half months. years, persuaded him to do so.
The MP for Sena further alleged that since Thackeray had ‘never’ visited the ‘Mantralaya’, or the Secretary of State, there was no prospect of going there.
In the 3-page letter, Shirsat further stated that Shinde opened doors for party MPs and also heard their grievances, issues regarding development work in their constituencies and related to funds, and issues with Congressional and NCP allies.
“Only Shinde heard us and took action to resolve all issues. Party MPs persuaded Shinde to take this action (or revolt) for the rights of all legislators,” Shirsat said in the letter.
He further claimed that if the Sena legislators do not have access to the Chief Minister, Congress and the NCP, who are the “true opponents” of the Shiv Sena, get all the attention. The people around the Chief Minister used to decide whether we could meet him or not. “We felt insulted,” he added.
Shirsat also said party MPs were not allowed to accompany Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray (the CM’s son) to Ayodhya (during his recent visit).
“The Shiv Sena’s votes did not split in the Rajya Sabha polls, so why so much distrust of us in the Legislative Council polls?” He asked.
Instead of being in ‘Mantralaya’, CM Uddhav Thackeray was in Matoshree (Thackeray residence). “We used to call people around the CM but they never used to attend our calls. We were fed up with all these things and persuaded Eknath Shinde to take this step.”
“Although we were unable to meet the Chief Minister, people from our ‘true opposition’ – Congress and NCP used to have opportunities to meet him and even funds were given to them to work in their constituencies,” Shirsat said. claims.
“Chanakya would always overtake us,” Shirsat said, referring to Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.
“When Hindutva and Ram Mandir are crucial issues for the party, then why did the party stop us from visiting Ayodhya,” Shirsat asked in the open letter.
MPs were called and prevented from traveling to Ayodhya during Aaditya Thackeray’s visit. “Only Shinde heard us and took action to resolve all issues. Party MPs persuaded Shinde to take this action (or revolt) for the rights of all legislators,” Shirsat added.
“Today we stand with Shinde in the belief that his home, which has always been open to us in difficult circumstances, will remain so. Yesterday, everything you said moved us. But I did not get answers to the fundamental questions. In order to convey my feelings to you, I had to write this moving letter,” rebel MP Shirsat said.
Eknath Shinde and his supporting MPs are currently staying at a hotel in Guwahati, Assam.
With contributions from agencies
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