Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra is in doldrums and is most likely to fall after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, along with 32 MLAs chose to camp in Surat in Gujarat on Tuesday 21 June 2022.
The state Urban Development Minister Shinde was in a hotel in Surat with 32 MLAs, and was not available for comments. He has taken a hardliners and conveyed the message that Shiv Sena cannot be Llowed to deviate from Hindutva, the ideology that formed the bedrock of the party formed by late Balasahab Thakeray.
According to reports, the MLAs who have decided to support Shinde, include Mahendra Thorve, Bharat Gogavale, Mahesh Shinde, Vishwanath Bhoir, Dnyanraj Chowgule, Sanjay Rathod, Srinivas Vanaga, Sanjay Gaikwad and Sanjay Raimulkar.
Minister of State Abdul Sattar, Balaji Kinikar, Shantaram More, Anil Babar, Tanaji Sawant and Sanjay Shirsath are also with Shinde.
Thirteen votes of the Shiv Sena were split in the Legislative Council results that were declared Monday night. Both Sena candidates Sachin Ahir and Amashya Padvi had won by a landslide.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has described the political crisis in Maharshtra as an “internal matter” of Shiv Sena and expressed confidence that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would find a solution to the crisis faced by the MVA government.
Talks between Uddhav Thackeray emmissary Milind Narwekar and Eknath Shinde as well as other MLAs camping in Gujarat failed on Tuesday. Shiv Sena sources said the talka were inconclusive on Tuesday evening.