The political impasse in Maharashtra entered its second day today with rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde reaching Guwahati from Surat along with scores of lawmakers of the party. Mr Shinde has claimed over 40 MLAs are with him and asserted that he will not switch parties. He had demanded that the Sena restore its alliance with the BJP and jointly rule the state, sources said. Several BJP leaders also met Mr Shinde in Surat amid speculations that he might join the BJP along with other MLAs.
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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was today seen leaving the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati, minutes before the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were brought there. The MLAs were also received by BJP MLA Sushanta Borgohain.
Speaking to NDTV, Eknath Shinde said there are more than 40 MLAs with him. “We are not leaving the Shiv Sena. We will carry forward the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray. Shiv Sena was formed by Balasaheb based on Hindutva and we will not leave it. We will carry forward his role and ideology,” he said.
On his conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mr Shinde said, “We will stay in the Shiv Sena – Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena. The question of going to another party does not arise.”