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Maharashtra crisis: Why were the rebels of the army led by Eknath Shinde transferred from Gujarat to Assam? 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: High political drama within the Shiv Sena continued on Thursday as rebel MLA Eknath Shinde stuck to his demand to join hands with the BJP in Maharashtra. Shinde along with other rebel MLAs is camping at a hotel in Guwahati and is supporting Uddhav Thackeray and against the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance with Congress and NCP.

On June 21, Eknath Shinde left for Surat in Gujarat with more than 30 MLAs with him. After which an MVA meeting was called at the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray late on 22 June and all the Shiv Sena MLAs were shifted to a hotel in Worli. After staying in Gujarat for two days, Shinde reached Guwahati, the capital of Assam, on Wednesday morning with all the MLAs. Now the question arises that why the rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena have been shifted from Gujarat to Assam.

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There are several reasons for shifting the rebel MLAs from the border state of Gujarat. The first reason is that the neighboring states of Gujarat are Maharashtra and Rajasthan, from where it would have been very easy to reach the rebel MLAs. It was only after two MLAs of the Shinde camp fled back to Mumbai that the rebels realized this.

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Neighboring Rajasthan also posed a threat in the form of its chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who has often managed to topple the BJP. BJP’s ambitions would have been threatened if the Congress, a member of the MVA alliance in Maharashtra, had given the responsibility to Gehlot in the current situation.

Also, Gujarat assembly elections are due this year and Congress can make it an election issue. Since the BJP has been in power for the last 25 years, it is likely that the anti-incumbency wave against the party will be high. In such a situation, BJP will not want to take any risk.

Why Assam?

Shiv Sena has no existence in Assam and Congress has also ceased to exist. At the same time, the saffron wave is gaining momentum across Northeast India. Like in UP, the flag of BJP is also high in Assam. There could not have been a better state to house MLAs revolting against Shiv Sena on the issue of Hindutva.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was once a Congressman, but his stature has increased a lot after joining the BJP. He is currently one of the brightest leaders of BJP. On the issue of Hindutva, he is seen like UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The BJP does not have a better example for rebels than Hemant Biswa Sarma.

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