Maharashtra crisis LIVE news: Uddhav Thackeray is cornered, Eknath Shinde has the numbers

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Next step: Letter to governor

Eknath Shinde is likely to soon send a letter to Maharashtra governor BS Koshyari withdrawing support to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. His camp has 37 MLAs, the number needed to dodge disqualification under the anti-defection law. The governor will then have to ask chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

We know the law: Shinde’s response

The Uddhav Thackeray camp has filed a petition before the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly seeking the cancellation of membership of 12 rebel MLAs. The reason given was that they “did not attend” the legislative party meeting held on Wednesday. “We know your ways and the law too! According to Schedule 10 of the Constitution, the whip is used for assembly work, not for meetings,” Eknath Shinde tweeted in response.

Disqualifications sought by Shiv Sena

Apart from Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena has sought disqualification of Prakash Surve, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandeep Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Yadhav, Anil Babar, Balaji Devdas, and Lata Chaudhari, reports said.

You can’t scare us: Shinde hits back at Sena

Eknath Shinde hit back at the Shiv Sena after the party wrote to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker seeking the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs. “You cannot scare us by giving the names of 12 MLAs for disqualification because we are followers of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. We know the law, so we do not pay heed to threats,” he posted to Twitter.

Behind close doors, BJP gets numbers ready

The BJP has been quietly roping in Independents into its fold in anticipation of the test floor. The party has tried to distance itself from the Sena rebels, although they have used police security of Gujarat and Assam, both ruled by the BJP. Yesterday BJP ‘attached’ Vinod Aggarwal, the Gondiya independent MLA. Independent MLA Geeta Jain, a former BJP member, met with Devendra Fadnavis.

With the numbers heavily stacked against him, Uddhav Thackeray has been cornered in the party founded more than half a century ago by his father.

All eyes are now on Shinde. He may soon send a letter to the Maharashtra governor BS Koshyari withdrawing support to the MVA govt

The number 37 is important. It is the number needed to dodge disqualification under the anti-defection law

37 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs have sent a letter to Maharashtra Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, stating that Eknath Shinde will remain their group leader in the legislature.

It’s endgame for the Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra. Rebel Eknath Shinde has the necessary numbers now

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