Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh addressing the media in Nagpur. (Image: Twitter/ANI)
Nagpur/Mumbai: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who had gone to Surat with party rebel Eknath Shinde, on Wednesday claimed that some people had forcibly admitted him to a hospital there and injected him though he never suffered a heart attack. fell.
Kailas Patil, another party MLA representing Osmanabad, said he fled in a car carrying the MLAs to Surat, walked kilometres, rode on two-wheelers and trucks, before ferrying them for ‘Varsha’. A vehicle was sent for The minister’s official residence in the early hours of Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at Nagpur airport, Akola MLA Deshmukh said that he somehow managed to return safely to Maharashtra from Surat and promised loyalty to Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
A day earlier, Deshmukh’s wife had lodged a complaint with the Akola police that her husband had gone missing.
Deshmukh represents the Balapur assembly seat in Akola district of Vidarbha region.
I am Shiv Sainik of Uddhav Thackeray and Balasaheb Thackeray. I am in good health. On Tuesday, I was taken to a hospital in Surat by 20-25 people and police personnel. He said that I had a heart attack but I never had a heart attack. My blood pressure didn’t increase either. His intention was wrong. I was forcibly given some injections,” he claimed.
A day earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had claimed that some MLAs who accompanied Shinde to Surat were misled and “kidnapped” in Gujarat.
He had said that Nitin Deshmukh was thrashed by police and goons as part of ‘Operation Kamal’ in Surat when he tried to escape and suffered a heart attack.
In her complaint lodged with the Akola police, Deshmukh’s wife had said that her husband could not be contacted since Monday night.
The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is battling an existential crisis following the rebellion of senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and a large number of MLAs from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
Shinde had said that he has 46 MLAs in his support.
“I have (Shiv Sena MLAs) in excess (to form a separate group in the Assembly without invoking provisions of the anti-defection law),” he told a Marathi TV channel. Shiv Sena has 55 members in the 288-member state assembly.
Responding to Deshmukh’s claims, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said this indicates that “democracy is being murdered”.
“From Nitin Deshmukh’s explanation, one can understand how democracy is being murdered by falling down. ‘Satya may be a persecution, not a victory’. Congress stands firmly with Shiv Sena and Mahavikas Aghadi in this struggle! He tweeted.
MLA Patil said he had gone to Thane on June 20 for a dinner hosted by Shinde. However, when the car was leaving Maharashtra between 8-9 pm, he got suspicious.
Patil refused to name the five-six MLAs who were accompanying him in the car.
“I jumped out of the car at the toll naka (which is Gujarat’s entry point and Maharashtra’s exit point) and crossed on the other side of the road and was given a lift by a person before walking a few kilometers in the night. Bike rider near a village,” Patil told PTI.
Referring to Patil, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “One MLA reached Mumbai after walking for four hours.
Patil said they waited for the second ride, but no vehicle stopped. Finally, a truck with the number plate of Uttar Pradesh gave him a ride till Dahisar toll naka, which is the entry point of Mumbai at around 1 am (on Tuesday).
“From Dahisar toll block, I called the chief minister’s residence and a vehicle was sent to pick me up,” Patil said.