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Maharashtra political crisis: Want to save Shiv Sena from MVA's ‘dragon’, tweets Eknath Shinde

Updated on Jun 27, 2022 12:34 AM IST

On Thursday, Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde, who was elected leader by rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, said "a big national party" has told him that his decision was "historic" and they will be present whenever he needs them.

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde with other MLAs during a meeting, in Guwahati on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (PTI)
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde with other MLAs during a meeting, in Guwahati on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

Maharashtra political crisis LIVE updates: Taking dissident Shiv Sena MLAs head on, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has accused them of betrayal and challenged them to try and wean away common party workers.

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He also slammed rebel leader Eknath Shinde and tore into the BJP, saying it wants to "finish off" his outfit and does not want to share its Hindu votebank.

Meanwhile, the Assam unit of the Congress staged demonstrations near a luxury hotel in Guwahati - where rebels are staying - demanding that they leave the north-eastern state as it is reeling under a devastating flood.

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This as 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 after rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said he has the support of a "big national party".

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  • Jun 25, 2022 10:00 PM IST

    'Want to save Shiv Sena from…': Eknath Shinde

    I am fighting to free Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainiks from the clutches of MVA's dragon. This fight is dedicated for the benefit of the Shiv Sainiks: Eknath Shinde

  • Jun 25, 2022 09:39 PM IST

    Shinde faction asks Guwahati hotel to extend booking

    Eknath Shinde faction has asked the management of Guwahati's Radisson Hotel to extend the group's booking by two more days. Earlier the booking was till June 28: Reports

  • Jun 25, 2022 08:53 PM IST

    Shinde met Devendra Fadnavis in Vadodara: Reports

    Eknath Shinde flew to  Gujarat's Vadodara where he met BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis, in early hours of the day. Union home minister Amit Shah, also from the BJP, was present too: Reports

  • Jun 25, 2022 08:01 PM IST

    Erandol MLA explains why he joined Shinde camp

    We have been fighting with the Congress for the last 30 years and the NCP, since it was established. We had a traditional struggle with the Congress-NCP and will continue to do so: Abasaheb Patil, MLA, Erandol

  • Jun 25, 2022 07:21 PM IST

    People of Maharashtra with MVA: Bhupesh Baghel

    BJP can't tolerate Opposition parties, and dissent, they want to suppress them. The people of Maharashtra are watching how they BJP are trying to break away Shiv Sena MLAs. People of Maharashtra are with the MVA govt: Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh CM and Congress leader

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:34 PM IST

    Rebel legislator's son addresses father's supporters 

    Lok Sabha MP Shrikant Shinde, son of Eknath Shinde, addresses father's supporters in the family stronghold of Thane.

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:08 PM IST

    AIMIM keeping an eye on unfolding drama, says Owaisi

    Let Maha Vikas Aghadi deliberate over this matter. We're keeping an eye on the unfolding drama. It looks like a dance of monkeys. They are acting like monkeys jumping from one branch to another: Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM chief

  • Jun 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

    Will not forget the betrayal, says Aaditya Thackeray on rebels

    You already know what was discussed in the meeting, the important thing is that we will not forget the betrayal done by rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. We will win for sure: Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra minister

  • Jun 25, 2022 04:41 PM IST

    Still in Shiv Sena, misunderstanding that we've left: Kesarkar

    Still in Shiv Sena, misunderstanding that we've left, says rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar after Eknath Shinde, 15 others served disqualification notice.

  • Jun 25, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    ‘Eknath Shinde remains leader of Shiv Sena legislature group’

    Eknath Shinde remains leader of Shiv Sena legislature group, says Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson, of rebel faction.

  • Jun 25, 2022 03:51 PM IST

    Maharashtra deputy speaker issues disqualification notice to rebels

    Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, asks for reply by Monday.

  • Jun 25, 2022 03:43 PM IST

    Thackerays leave after Sena's national executive meet

    Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, and his son, state minister Aaditya Thackeray, leave party's HQ after its national executive meet.

  • Jun 25, 2022 03:25 PM IST

    No one should use Balasaheb's name, says Uddhav Thackeray

    At its national executive meet, Shiv Sena passes resolution not to allow any party to use ‘Shiv Sena’ or ‘Balasaheb Thackeray’ in its name. Party to write to Election Commission of India.

  • Jun 25, 2022 03:10 PM IST

    Meeting of Shinde led group underway in Guwahati hotel

    Ahead of their scheduled 4pm press conference, a meeting of the Shinde-led group underway in Guwahati's Radisson Blue hotel, reports ANI.

  • Jun 25, 2022 02:37 PM IST

    Thane: Security heightened outside rebel Sena leader Shinde's home

    Police increase security outside Thane residence of Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena rebel leading a rebellion against party supremo and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

  • Jun 25, 2022 02:17 PM IST

    Mumbai Police impose Section 144 in city

    After Shiv Sainiks take to streets across Maharashtra, Mumbai Police impose section 144 in city, reports ANI.

  • Jun 25, 2022 02:02 PM IST

    Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray arrive at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai

  • Jun 25, 2022 01:36 PM IST

    ‘No one will be spared…’: Shiv Sainiks vandalise rebel MLA's Pune office | Video

    Shiv Sena workers on Saturday vandalised office of rebel party MLA Tanaji Sawant in Pune. In a video shared by news agency ANI, the Sena workers are seen breaking the window panes while shouting slogans against Sawant, who is currently camping with Eknath Shinde in Guwahati.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 01:11 PM IST

    Rebel camp led by Shinde names group 'Shiv Sena Balasaheb'

    Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party: rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 01:05 PM IST

    Shiv Sena’s dilemma: All action but no theory

    There is talk of the new group claiming the legacy of party supremo Bal Thackeray and the credo of militant Hindutva, which the rebels claim has been diluted after Uddhav joined hands with the “secular” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form a government in Maharashtra in 2019.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 01:00 PM IST

    K'taka Cong chief backs CM Uddhav

    “I hope CM Thackeray has confidence as he's built the party from grassroots... The party needs the present govt to continue. Congress is with the Maha Vikas Aghadi, jointly we will take it forward,” says Karnataka Cong Chief, DK Shivakumar.

  • Jun 25, 2022 12:56 PM IST

    Mumbai Police issues a high alert

    Mumbai Police issues a high alert and asks all Police Stations to ensure security at all political offices in the city. It has been directed that officer-level Police personnel shall visit every political office to ensure their safety.

  • Jun 25, 2022 12:37 PM IST

    'Stop bleating like a goat…': Raut slams BJP leaders amid Maha crisis

    Shiv Sena strongman Sanjay Raut on Saturday ripped into the Bharatiya Janata Party - which he and allies Congress and NCP accuse of engineering Eknath Shinde's revolt - demanding opposition party leaders 'stop bleating like a goat', according to news agency ANI.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 11:59 AM IST

    Maha home minister issues clarification on rebel MLA security issue

    The Chief Minister or home department has not ordered withdrawal of any MLA's security, clarifies home minister Dilip Walse-Patil as Eknath Shinde writes letter over the withdrawal of security of family members of 38 MLAs.

  • Jun 25, 2022 11:50 AM IST

    Sena workers vandalise rebel MLA's office | Video

    Shiv Sena workers on Saturday vandalise office of the party's MLA Tanaji Sawant in Balaji area of Katraj, Pune. Sawant is one of the rebel MLAs from the state who is currently camping in Guwahati, Assam.

  • Jun 25, 2022 11:36 AM IST

    Shinde slams CM for 'malicious withdrawal of security,' Raut replies

    “You are an MLA, so security has been provided to you. Your family members can't be provided with the same,” says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Eknath Shinde's letter over the withdrawal of security of family members of 38 MLAs.

  • Jun 25, 2022 11:14 AM IST

    Shinde slams CM for 'malicious withdrawal of security,' Raut replies

    "You are an MLA, so security has been provided to you. Your family members can't be provided with the same," says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Eknath Shinde's letter over the withdrawal of security of family members of 38 MLAs.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 11:07 AM IST

    Party made with our blood, cannot be hijacked: Sanjay Raut

    "We'll sit together at meeting, discuss party's expansion, and its future. Party is very big, & cannot be hijacked with such ease. It's been made with our blood. Several sacrificed to make it. No one can break it with money," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on party meet.

  • Jun 25, 2022 10:54 AM IST

    Sec 144 imposed in Thane city

    In view of the ongoing political instability in the state, Thane District Administration has issued an order banning any kind of political procession, gathering or sloganeering in the district till June 30. Thane Police has currently imposed Sec 144 CrPC in Thane city, ANI reported.

  • Jun 25, 2022 10:51 AM IST

    Shinde writes to CM Uddhav: Govt responsible for protecting rebel MLAs

    Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde writes to CM Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Home Minister, DGP Maharashtra regarding "Malicious withdrawal of security of family members of the 38 MLAs"

    "The government is responsible for protecting them and their families," his tweet read as per news agency ANI.

  • Jun 25, 2022 09:29 AM IST

    'Uddhav should come for vacation': Himanta Biswa Sarma jabs Maha CM

  • Jun 25, 2022 09:08 AM IST

    Sanjay Raut's latest tweet on political crisis: ‘Beware…’ 

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday made a veiled attack at the rebel MLAs including Eknath Shinde who have been camping at a five-star hotel in BJP-ruled Assam.

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  • Jun 25, 2022 08:38 AM IST

    Shiv Sena’s dilemma: All action but no theory

    There is talk of the new group claiming the legacy of party supremo Bal Thackeray and the credo of militant Hindutva, which the rebels claim has been diluted after Uddhav joined hands with the “secular” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form a government in Maharashtra in 2019.

    Read more

  • Jun 25, 2022 07:57 AM IST

    Maha govt holds several rounds of meetings as allies NCP & Cong extend support to CM Uddhav

    The leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance have been holding meetings to deliberate on measures to prevent the ruling government from falling due to minority. On Friday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other senior leaders of his party met Uddhav Thackeray in Matoshree. The NCP and Congress have declared support to the chief minister who is facing a massive rebellion from within this party.

  • Jun 25, 2022 07:18 AM IST

    Uddhav to chair crucial Sena meet today | Top developments in Maha crisis

    On Saturday, the Shiv Sena has called a meeting of its national executive at 1 pm at the Sena Bhawan in Dadar. Uddhav Thackeray is expected to chair the meeting virtually.

    Here are the latest developments in Maharashtra political crisis

  • Jun 25, 2022 07:04 AM IST

    Development works should not be hampered by political crisis: CM Uddhav tells bureaucrats

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday told the state administration that important development works related to welfare of people shouldn't be held up due to the ongoing political crisis in the state.

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:54 AM IST

    How Shiv Sena works: First an organisation, then a political party

    The Shiv Sena stands out vis-à-vis other political parties due to its strong organisational and grassroots networks, especially among the working classes, enabling it to dominate the streets of Mumbai. As its members often note, the Sena is first an organisation, and then a political party.

    Read more

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:43 AM IST

    The battle for power in reaches the state legislature

    Reacting to Shiv Sena’s disqualification motion against 16 rebel legislators, the Eknath Shinde faction has challenged deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal to take any action on the motion.

    Two Independent MLAs - Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Aggarwal - who are seen close to the Bharatiya Janata Party, filed a notice to Zirwal on Friday, reminding him that a no-confidence notice against him was still pending and as such he had no locus standi to take action on the disqualification motion.

    Read more

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:38 AM IST

    ‘Disqualification notice will be served…,' Sena MP Sawant

    “We had yesterday requested Dy Speaker (of Maha Assembly) to disqualify 12 MLAs & now 4 more. We've again talked to Dy Speaker requesting an initiation on proceedings; their disqualification notice will be served tomorrow or the day after,” Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant told news agency ANI on Friday.

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:33 AM IST

    Shiv Sena’s dilemma: All action but no theory

    There is talk of the new group claiming the legacy of party supremo Bal Thackeray and the credo of militant Hindutva, which the rebels claim has been diluted after Uddhav joined hands with the “secular” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form a government in Maharashtra in 2019.

    Read more

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:28 AM IST

    BJP troika helped Shinde shift rebel MLAs out of state on the sly

    When Eknath Shinde began his political coup to topple the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government by breaking away from Shiv Sena, three second-rung leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) played a crucial role behind the scenes.

    Read more

  • Jun 25, 2022 06:20 AM IST

    Police on alert as Shiv Sena workers expected to take to streets

    Police authorities in Maharashtra have issued an alert across the state as Shiv Sena supporters are likely to stage angry protests following senior leader and minister Eknath Shinde's rebellion, an official  told news agency PTI on Friday.

    A couple of incidents of Sena workers targeting the hoardings or boards featuring rebel MLAs who are with Shinde have been reported in the state.

  • Jun 25, 2022 05:42 AM IST

    'They have betrayed the saffron flag,' says Sena, seeking disqualification of 4 more MLAs

    The Shiv Sena will send notices to rebels soon as it seeks disqualification of four more MLAs, news agency PTI reported.

    “Despite issuing a letter to them, none of them attended party meeting on Wednesday evening here in Mumbai," said Sena MP Arvind Sawant. “Now, only chief minister Uddhav Thackeray can decide about allowing their return to Sena, otherwise party doors are closed for them forever. They have betrayed the saffron flag," Sawant added.

  • Jun 25, 2022 05:32 AM IST

    ‘Backstabbed by own’: Uddhav makes fiery, emotional appeals

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray launched a broadside at Shiv Sena leaders who have rebelled against his leadership and could topple the government, making two speeches on Friday in which he described the defectors as “backstabbers”, lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and invoked his father’s legacy to project himself as the party’s true leader.

    Read more

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