Maharashtra crisis

Guwahati, June 22: Amid a political crisis in Maharashtra, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the Radisson Blu Guwahati hotel hosting rebel MLAs early on Wednesday morning, the source said.

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde reached Guwahati from Surat along with several Maharashtra MLAs amid a political crisis in the state.

Shinde told reporters in Guwahati that 40 MLAs were with him.“We will carry forward [Shiv Sena founder] Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva,” the Maharashtra minister said.

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Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray government is on shaky ground after senior leader Eknath Shinde separated from the party along with other MLAs.

Initially, Shinde along with other party leaders was camping at a hotel in Gujarat’s Surat. Later, Rebel Sena MLAs flew to Guwahati in Assam by chartered plane at midnight. Sources said that the Shinde camp now seeking time from Maharashtra Governor.

Amid the political crisis in the state, Maharashtra Governor Bhagatsingh Koshyari has been hospitalized with Covid.

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, along with several other MLAs, on Tuesday, went incommunicado and appeared to have rebelled against the party, sending the major political outfits into a huddle.

While the MVA alliance is trying to bring back the MLAs, the BJP, in all likelihood, is trying to gain the support of these ‘rebel’ MLAs.