Surat, June 22
A disgruntled group of Shiv Sena MLAs finally boarded the chartered plane from Surat airport after keeping the chartered plane waiting for hours.
Before boarding the flight, rebel Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra cabinet minister Eknath Shinde said that the Shiv Sena MLAs have not revolted against the party, but their only desire is to forge an alliance with the opposition BJP.
At Surat airport, Shinde said, “Mary and Shiv Sena MLAs want Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to form the government in alliance with BJP, I have not left the party.” He said he held talks with Uddhav Thackeray and raised slogans of “Jai Maharashtra and proudly say we are Hindu”.
Shinde said the Shiv Sena MLAs have shown full faith and confidence in the ideology laid down by the party’s founder late Balasaheb Thackeray and added that the Shiv Sena MLAs have not revolted against the party.
Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who was admitted to hospital on Tuesday after complaining of chest pain and uneasiness, was seen going to the boarding counter of SpiceJet airline after getting down from the bus.
Sources close to the dissident group led by Eknath Shinde said they were waiting for some more MLAs to join as they left Mumbai on Tuesday evening.
According to sources, the number of rebel MLAs has reached 37 and two to three more MLAs are expected to reach Guwahati directly on Wednesday.
At around 2.15 a.m. on Wednesday, the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs started boarding one of the three buses along with BJP MLAs and workers, BJP leaders Mohit Kambhoj and Sanjay Kute were seen at the airport with the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.
Surat Police took the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs to the Surat airport.
After completing all the formalities, the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs boarded the flight with a capacity of 200 passengers. The boarding process was going on till 4 am on Wednesday.