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Eknath Shinde asks Shiv Sena to come out of ‘unnatural alliance’; Uddhav Thackeray left CM residence MPNRC

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Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde with other MLAs at a hotel in Guwahati, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (PTI photo)

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New Delhi: The political deadlock within the ruling Shiv Sena continued on Wednesday as rebel MLAs from Maharashtra, led by Eknath Khadse, stuck to their demand to join hands with the BJP. Another day passed without resolving the differences that had arisen within the party over the alliance with the Congress and the NCP.

While Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) came into existence because of the then situation, Shinde called it an “unnatural alliance”. The rebel leader appealed that the Shiv Sena should walk out of the alliance for the sake of the party and its members. He alleged that only Congress and NCP were benefiting from the alliance formed in November 2019 while common Shiv Sainiks have suffered. Shiv Sena formed the MVA after breaking ties with the BJP after the assembly elections in 2019.

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β€œIt is necessary for Shiv Sainiks and Shiv Sena to leave the unnatural alliance. It is important to take a decision in the interest of the state,” Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati with rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, tweeted. His tweets were in Marathi with #Hindutvaforever.

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Shinde reportedly has the support of 36 MLAs, two short of the one-third majority required within the party to avoid proceedings under the anti-defection law.

Shinde’s response came hours after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who tested positive for Covid-19, virtually addressed the rebels. Thackeray said he was ready to step down as chief minister and Shiv Sena chief if asked. He said, ‘If my people ask me to resign, I will resign. If my people ask, I am ready to resign. Even if even a single Shiv Sena MLA resigns ‘in front of me’, I will resign. But he will have to say this to me personally.”

However, a defiant Uddhav Thackeray refused to go down without a fight. “I will fight the rebellion,” he said.

β€œI am also ready to resign from the post of Shiv Sena chief. Soldiers will come and say that I cannot run the party like Balasaheb. If any soldier thinks that I am not skilled, say it to my face and I will resign,” said Thackeray.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut insisted that Uddhav Thackeray will continue to be the chief minister of Maharashtra and the ruling coalition MVA will prove its majority on the floor of the assembly if needed.

Raut’s statement comes in the backdrop of Thackeray and his family leaving the CM’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai and going back to their private residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra. Thackeray is not resigning from his post, he clarified.

Thackeray walks out of official residence

The chief minister moved from his official residence in south Mumbai to a family home in suburban Bandra on Wednesday night, hours after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde offered to step down from the top post amid the rebellion.

Shiv Sena leaders like Neelam Gorhe and Chandrakant Khaire were present at ‘Varsha’ when Thackeray was leaving the official residence. Party workers raised slogans and showered petals on the CM when he along with his family members left his official home at around 9.30 pm.

Earlier, bags filled with their personal belongings were seen loading into the cars. During the ‘Facebook Live’ session in the evening, Thackeray had said that he would leave ‘Varsha’ and stay at ‘Matoshree’.

Shiv Sena workers in Mumbai
Shiv Sena workers gather outside ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, to show their support, in Mumbai on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (PTI photo)

Thackeray, who also heads the Shiv Sena, had moved to ‘Varsha’ after becoming chief minister in November 2019.

However, this is not the first time that the Chief Minister has stepped out of the government residence. The last time he had Kovid-19, he did the same thing.

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