Even led by the number of rebels in the group Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde Growing up, senior Shiv Sena leaders said on Thursday that at least 17-20 party MLAs are on the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) radar and want to “get out of their position” by jumping ship. Shiv Sena leaders said that 10-15 other rebels who are also involved in different businesses are also likely to get the ED’s notice.
When asked whether the ED notice was the main reason behind the Shiv Sena MLAs’ attempt to shake hands? BJPShiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut told Indian Express On Thursday, “As per my knowledge most of the rebel MLAs have received ED notices. BJP is pressurizing him through ED. Other MLAs were also under the watch of the agency.
Asked whether Shinde was also on the ED’s radar, Raut said, “Yes, to my knowledge…”
A senior Shiv Sena leader said, “Many leaders of the rebel group are making rounds of the ED offices. And after that he has been meeting Eknath Shinde and BJP leaders. It is clear that they want to come out of their crisis by joining hands with the BJP.
Asked if Shinde is ready to hold a one-on-one meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Raut said, “We have already urged him to come to Mumbai for the meeting. This was done over the phone as well as the CM appealed Facebook live session. But till the time MLA and Shinde don’t come to Mumbai, nothing can be said or done.
Shinde, who told a TV news channel on Wednesday that he has the support of 46 MLAs and the number will increase, tweeted on Thursday that the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has gained over the course of two-and-a-half years. alliance while Shiv Sena has been given a tough competition.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena sources said that Uddhav Thackeray, who is scheduled to hold a meeting with senior party leaders and MPs, is likely to make a big announcement. “He can take some decisive step… He may resign,” he said. Aaditya Thackeray has already removed the word ‘mantri’ from his Twitter handle. CM Matoshree is gone,” said a leader.
“Eknath Shinde is unreliable and has not made any such proposal that Uddhav Thackeray should remain in the saddle. So, it seems that it is all over for Uddhav Thackeray,” said a former Shiv Sena MP.
Like the Shiv Sena, the NCP is also holding its MLA’s meeting in Mumbai to decide the future course of action as the fall of the MVA government becomes imminent. Party President Sharad Pawar will preside over the meeting.
NCP spokesman Clyde Cresto said, “Today a meeting of NCP legislators and ministers has been planned. Our party chief will preside over the meeting.”