Eknath Shinde, a Shiv Sena renegade, told reporters outside a hotel in Guwahati today that he will travel to Mumbai and “carry Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy forward.”
Here are the major updates to this important story-
- According to reports, Eknath Shinde and the rebels are seeking legal advice about the potential of a floor test in the Maharashtra assembly. They have been residing in a five-star hotel in Guwahati.
- According to sources, later this week, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari may ask Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to certify his majority.
- Eknath Shinde, who is orchestrating a harrowing takeover against Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, claims to have the support of almost 50 MLAs, including almost 40 Shiv Sena members.
- Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted Shinde and 15 other rebel MLAs until July 12 to answer to disqualification notices sent by Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal, who is a member of Sharad Pawar’s party and an associate of Uddhav Thackeray. Balasaheb Thackeray, the father of Shiv Sena founder Uddhav Thackeray, was referred to by Shinde as the victory of “Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva.”
- In response to Team Thackeray’s request that no floor tests be permitted until then, the Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction. It stated, “You can always move this court if something illegal occurs.
- According to reports, BJP leaders gathered at the Mumbai house of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss the math needed to create a government in coalition with the Shinde Sena party. According to sources, Mr. Fadnavis will meet with the party high command in Delhi.
- The insurgents are currently operating out of a five-star hotel in Guwahati, Assam, which is under BJP authority. The renegade MLAs, according to sources, have extended their stay until July 5.
- Rebel minister Uday Samant rejected Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray’s claim that 15 to 20 rebel MLAs were in contact with him and urging the party to bring them back to Mumbai.
- Senior members of Maharashtra’s ruling coalition met at Uddhav Thackeray’s house shortly after the Supreme Court’s judgement and reaffirmed their support for him.
- The Shiv Sena claims that the BJP orchestrated the uprising and has been harassing its leaders by employing investigative agencies. Sanjay Raut, the principal spokesman for Uddhav Thackeray, was called in today by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case, but he declined to go. Mr. Raut calls the summons a plot.