Maharashtra political crisis: CM Uddhav Thackeray calls for disqualification of 17 Sena MPs including Eknath Shinde

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Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray were embroiled in a political crisis, shortly after several Sena MPs rebelled against the political party. The rebel Shiv Sena MPs are led by Eknath Shinde and have set up camp at a luxury hotel in Guwahati, Assam.

Amid the current political turmoil in Maharashtra, sources have said that Uddhav Thackeray’s team intends to disqualify 17 of the rebel Shiv Sena MPs including rebel gang leader Eknath Shinde. It comes just hours after Shinde said he had more than 40 MPs on his side.

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According to reports and sources, the Shiv Sena is filing an appeal to the Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly to seek the disqualification of several rebel MPs just as the number of Eknath Shinde supporters in Guwahati has risen above 40.

The number of rebel MPs who are in Guwahati along with Eknath Shinde garnered a majority, enough in number to leave the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray in the minority. This makes things more uncertain for the Sena, which has urged the rebels to return to Mumbai for talks.

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According to latest reports, the number of rebel MPs backing Shinde has now reached 44, and three more Sena MPs arrived in Guwahati on Thursday evening. Pressuring the Shiv Sena government, Shinde and rebel MPs demanded a split from the MVA alliance.

Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said that if the rebel MPs return to Mumbai for talks, the party would be ready to pull out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, which consists of Shiv Sena, NCP and party of Congress.

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On Wednesday, Uddhav Thackeray addressed the public via a Facebook live session, saying he was ready to hand in his resignation as Maharashtra’s chief minister if the rebel MPs came back and spoke to him face to face.

CM Uddhav Thackeray also left his official residence late Wednesday evening, returning to his Matoshree family home.

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