‘National party has secured all help’: Eknath Shinde tells rebel Shiv Sena MPs

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On Thursday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut called on rebel MPs to return saying the party would consider their request to leave the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition.

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde addresses the media. ANI

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said on Thursday that a “national party” called a rebellion led by him “historic” and pledged to provide aid to lawmakers who sided with him.

A video of Shinde addressing the group of rebel Sena lawmakers at a hotel in Guwahati was posted by his office here. The video also showed lawmakers unanimously allowing Shinde to make other decisions on their behalf as group leader.

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In the video, Shinde is seen saying, “Our worries and our happiness are the same. We are united and the victory will be ours. There is a national party, a ‘mahashakti’…you know that they defeated Pakistan. This party said we made a historic decision and assured to provide all the help.”

According ANI, a total of 42 MPs from Maharashtra are present with Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde while only 13 are with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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Earlier, Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Narhari Zirwal endorsed the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as leader of Shiv Sena group in the House to replace Shinde.

On Thursday, Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge alleged that the BJP-led Center was trying to ‘destabilize’ the ‘strong’ government of Maha Vikas Aghadi ahead of the upcoming presidential polls next month, as they need numbers for their presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu wins in the polls scheduled to be held on July 18.

Meanwhile, NCP leader Sharad Pawar has said the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra will continue. He added that a ground test is the only way to know whether the government has a majority or not.

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The MVA comprising the Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP was formed in 2019 after a fallout between the Shiv Sena and the BJP.

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