Maharashtra Politics: ‘We Have Two-thirds Majority, Will Not Merge With Another Party’, Said Rebel MLAs Amid Political Turmoil
Maharashtra Political Crisis: Disgruntled Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar on...
Maharashtra Political Crisis: Disgruntled Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar on Saturday said the rebel faction has a two-thirds majority in the legislature party and will prove its numbers in the House but will not merge with any other political party. Rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde are camping in Guwahati city of Assam, whose rebellion is threatening the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of Maharashtra led by Uddhav Thackeray.
In an online press conference from Guwahati, Kesarkar said that he has not left Shiv Sena, but named his group Shiv Sena (Balasaheb) and has chosen Shinde as his leader. He said that only 16 or 17 people cannot change the leader of the group of 55 MLAs and the rebel Shiv Sena faction will challenge in the court the order of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal to replace Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena group.
Kesarkar said, “The MLAs told party president Uddhav Thackeray that we should stick with the party with which we fought the elections. When so many people express the same opinion, there must be something concrete in it.” He was referring to the Shinde group’s initial demand that the Shiv Sena should resume its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And ties with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) should be severed.
did not hijack the party
Asked whether the Shinde group would withdraw support to the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra, Kesarkar said, “Why should we withdraw support? We are Shiv Sena. We have not hijacked the party, NCP and Congress have hijacked it.” He also said that the Shinde group will prove majority in the assembly but “we will not merge with any other political party”.
“We have decided to name our group Shiv Sena (Balasaheb) as we believe in his (Bal Thackeray’s) ideology,” Kesarkar said. Asked about the objection of the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction to the use of party founder Bal Thackeray’s name by other groups, Kesarkar said, “We will look into it.” When asked when the rebel MLAs would return to Mumbai, he said they would come back at an appropriate time.
Referring to the incidents of attacks on the offices and residences of rebel MLAs in Maharashtra, Kesarkar said, “There is pressure in the present times, we do not think it is safe to come back.” There is nothing against. Kesarkar said, ‘We want to save the party. We are not even asking for his (Uddhav Thackeray’s) resignation.
will go to court to seek justice
Commenting on Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal’s rejection of a letter signed by the rebel camp (demanding to recognize the insurgent group and nominate Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena legislature party), Kesarkar said, ” ‘How can he reject our letter but consider the letter received after a long time demanding our disqualification? If needed, we will also approach the governor or go to court to seek justice.
Shiv Sena has sent the names of 16 MLAs, including rebel camp leader Eknath Shinde, to the Deputy Speaker and demanded their disqualification. Targeting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Kesarkar said that if the government can work through video conference in the last so many months, then why can’t Jirwal hold an online meeting with us. “We can show them our numbers in this (video) call,” he said.
“It is true that the Nationalist Congress Party and its abusive treatment with us is a big issue for us. Many MLAs who are here with us were raising this issue with the party leadership for the past several months but it was never taken care of.” importance given.
A good plan was canceled
“Apart from the chief minister’s post, Shiv Sena didn’t get any good portfolio which didn’t help us at all,” he said. Will be eliminated by the other two associates. “The NCP ministers did not treat us with respect. We were always sidelined by them. As an example, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had scrapped a good plan. When I complained against it, he told me that only the Chief Minister can deny his decision. However, the chief minister never canceled it.”
Kesarkar reiterated that the rebel group is not breaking away from the Shiv Sena. “We are asking him (Uddhav) to join hands with the BJP. I have told Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray many times that we should work with the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a special attachment to Shiv Sena. Asked whether Shiv Sena MLAs rebelled to avoid possible raids by the Enforcement Directorate, Kesarkar said, “There are only a handful of people who can be raided by the ED. Others are ordinary people and they come from a simple background and have not received any love from their leadership over the years.”
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