Amid political unrest in Maharashtra following a revolt by Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, six MPs and an MLC from the neighboring state arrived in the Gujarat city of Surat on Thursday and were later transported by plane to Guwahati in Assam, where the party rebels are camped, in two chartered flights, sources said.
Apart from the six MPs, Shiv Sena MLC Ravindra Phatak also reached Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam from Surat, where the dissidents were camping for the first time after arriving from Mumbai on Monday evening, to join the rebel camp.
Mr Phatak was part of a two-member delegation sent by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday to meet with Mr Shinde and other rebel Sena MPs at a hotel in Surat to find a solution. solution to the political crisis, which pushed the Maha Vikas Aghadi government (MVA) to the brink of collapse.
According to passenger details seen by the media, Mr Phatak and Shiv Sena MPs – Dadaji Bhuse and Sanjay Rathod – left for Guwahati on a chartered flight from Surat on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Bhuse is the Minister of Agriculture in the MVA government.
In the morning, four other MPs – Mangesh Kudalkar, Sada Sarvankar, Ashish Jaiswal and Deepak Keskar – reached the northeast city in another chartered plane, which they boarded from Surat airport, sources said. , citing the flight’s passenger list.
The development came a day after four MPs from Maharashtra, including two independents, arrived in Surat and were later taken to Assam on a chartered flight.
Earlier, a group of more than 30 rebel MPs, led by Mr Shinde, were flown to Guwahati from Surat on Wednesday morning.