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    Maharashtra govt crisis highlights: Sena calls national executive meeting tomorrow; Rebels plan to oust deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal

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    Maharashtra govt crisis highlights: Sena calls national executive meeting tomorrow; Rebels plan to oust deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal

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    Maharashtra political crisis highlights: The ongoing political crisis for the Uddhav-Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government entered the fourth day with the rebel Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde claiming the support of over 50 MLAs including 12 independents and smaller parties on Friday. The rebel faction is likely to wait till they get the support of 41 Sena MLAs even after getting 37 signatures on the resolution letter. They still will have to join hands with another party to circumvent anti-defection law. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has called its office bearers to Sena Bhavan at 12 noon.  Uddhav Thackeray's side has also written to the Deputy Speaker demanding membership cancelation of 12 MLAs. Stay tuned with CNBC-TV18's live blog on Maharashtra political crisis

    Maharashtra govt crisis highlights: Sena calls national executive meeting tomorrow; Rebels plan to oust deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal
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    • Talk to rebels, don't challenge them: Sena MLA Jadhav tells Sanjay Raut

      Shiv Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav on Friday asked party leader Sanjay Raut to communicate with the rebel legislators instead of "challenging" them. "Communicate with the rebels, find out if their grievances are genuine. Differences can be resolved through communication," Jadhav, MLA from Chiplun, told reporters. Jadhav is one of the few MLAs who have not joined the rebel camp led by senior Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde.

    • Sharad Pawar meets Uddhav Thackeray

      NCP president Sharad Pawar on Friday evening met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence amid the political crisis caused by Sena leader Eknath Shinde's rebellion. State NCP president Jayant Patil and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar accompanied Pawar as he arrived at `Matoshree', Thackeray's private residence in Bandra area.

    • Shiv Sena top brass to meet tomorrow at 1:00 PM

      A national executive meeting of the Shiv Sena will be held tomorrow at 1:00 PM, reports New18.

    • Development works should not be hampered by political crisis: Thackeray tells bureaucrats

      Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday told the state administration that important development works related to welfare of people shouldn't be held up due to the ongoing political crisis in the state. The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition plunged into crisis on Tuesday last when a group of Shiv Sena MLAs, led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, rebelled against the party leadership. The NCP and the Congress are also part of the governing bloc.

    • Congress tells Eknath Shinde to leave flood-hit Assam, demonstrates before hotel

      The Assam unit of the Congress on Friday staged demonstrations near a luxury hotel where rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other Maharashtra MLAs accompanying him are staying demanding that they leave the state as it is reeling under a devastating flood. Assam Congress chief Bhupen Bora also wrote a letter to Shinde telling him that their presence at such a critical juncture has "defamed" the state, reports News18.

    • Thackeray takes on Shinde: 'Your son is MP, should my son also not grow politically?'

      Digging in his heels, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday expressed determination to fight the political crisis gripping his government and took on cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, saying the rebel leader's son is a Lok Sabha MP and should his son Aaditya Thackeray not also grow politically as both sides showed no signs of backing down to break the four-day-old impasse.

      Thackeray said Shinde was given the key department of urban development which is usually headed by the chief minister of the day and publicly blamed the opposition BJP for the rebellion in the Shiv Sena which has threatened the stability of his Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government which also consists of the NCP and the Congress.

      In a virtual address to party functionaries, the Shiv Sena president said he was not worried over the defection by MLAs as he considers them "fruits and flowers of a tree which have been blighted by disease"."You make take the fruits and flowers of tree. But till the roots (rank and file) are strong, I need not worry. The roots can never be uprooted. Every season, new leaves and fruits blossom. Leaves blighted by disease need to be removed and thrown. Consider the present situation in this context," Thackeray told the party rank and file.

    • No national party in contact with us: Eknath Shinde

      A day after claiming that a "powerful national party" was supporting his group of MLAs in the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde on Friday said no national party is in contact with them. Asked if BJP was backing his group, Shinde told a TV channel, When I said a big power is backing us, I meant the power of Balasaheb Thackeray and (late Shiv Sena leader) Anand Dighe.

      Responding to a query on when will the political crisis in Maharashtra end, Shinde, a minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in the state, said things will be clear after some time. Out of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs, 40 have come with me to Guwahati. In a democracy, the majority and numbers count. So nobody has the right to take any action against us, Shinde said, when asked about the Sena approaching the Assembly Deputy Speaker for action against the rebel MLAs.

    • MLAs may not be here but party is intact, will fight: Shiv Sena leader Sachin Ahir

      Today we had a party meeting with district leaders. After CM Uddhav Thackeray’s speech, party leaders got energy. MLAs may not be here but the party is intact. Party’s full base is there and with this spirit, we will fight: Shiv Sena leader Sachin Ahir in Mumbai

    • Two pro-BJP independent MLAs demand removal of Maha Assembly Dy Speaker
       
      Two pro-BJP independent legislators in Maharashtra on Friday objected to Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal's approval to the appointment of Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the party's new group leader in the House. Independent legislators - Yogesh Baldi and Vinod Agrawal - have made this demand.
       
      Speaking to reporters, Baldi said, "The deputy speaker cannot take such a decision as it is the prerogative of the assembly speaker. We will soon initiate legal steps regarding the same." However, former principal secretary to Vidhan Bhavan, Dr Anant Kalse, said, "Article 180 of the Constitution has clearly stated that the deputy speaker of the legislative assembly can take decisions if the post of the speaker is vacant. I am not sure the demand of these independents can stand in the court."
    • I have left CM's bungalow, not my determination, says Uddhav amid rebellion in Shiv Sena

      Shiv Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday reached out to the functionaries of his party, which is currently battling a rebellion, and sought to allay fears surrounding the survival of his political outfit and the MVA government. The Sena has been witnessing the rebellion within the party after Eknath Shinde broke away and formed a rebel group with the support of several legislators. Shinde is currently camping with at least 38 rebel MLAs of the Sena and 10 independents in Guwahati. He has claimed that the faction led by him is the "real Shiv Sena".

      In his virtual address to the party's district unit chiefs and 'sampark pramukhs' assembled at the Shiv Sena Bhavan at Dadar in central Mumbai, CM Thackeray said he may have vacated the chief minister's official residence, but his determination is intact. "Despite the rebellions that the party has faced earlier, it came to power twice. I may have left 'Varsha', the chief minister's official residence, but not my determination," he said. 

      Thackeray added that in the last two-and-a-half years, he battled the COVID 19 pandemic as well as his own ill-health, but opponents took advantage of this situation. Shiv Sena leader and minister Aaditya Thackeray was present at the Shiv Sena Bhavan during the chief minister's address. In the wake of the revolt by Shinde, CM Thackeray had on Wednesday night vacated his official residence in south Mumbai and moved to family home in suburban Bandra.

    Maharashtra political crisis highlights:
    The ongoing political crisis for the Uddhav-Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government entered the fourth day with the rebel Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde claiming the support of over 50 MLAs including 12 independents and smaller parties on Friday. The rebel faction is likely to wait till they get the support of 41 Sena MLAs even after getting 37 signatures on the resolution letter. They still will have to join hands with another party to circumvent anti-defection law. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has called its office bearers to Sena Bhavan at 12 noon.  Uddhav Thackeray's side has also written to the Deputy Speaker demanding membership cancelation of 12 MLAs.

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