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Crucial Uddhav Sena meet today as crisis deepens in Maharashtra | Top Points

India Today logo India Today 25-06-2022 India Today Web Desk

As the Maharashtra political crisis continues to drag on, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of the national executive committee today. Shiv Sena has also sent the names of four more rebel MLAs to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker to initiate action against them.

The party will also issue notices to 16 MLAs of the rebel faction and ask them to respond by Monday, Sena MP Arvind Sawant here on Friday.

Taking dissident Shiv Sena MLAs head-on, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday accused them of betrayal and challenged them to try and wean away common party workers as he slammed rebel leader Eknath Shinde and also tore into the BJP, saying it wants to "finish off" his outfit and does not want to share its Hindu vote bank.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP DEVELOPMENTS

- Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of the national executive committee today at 1 pm, as the crisis continues.

- Uddhav Thackeray met NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday to review the numbers as several MLAs joined the rebel camp today. According to sources, senior NCP leaders believe that dragging the matter further would only embarrass the MVA government in case of a floor test.

READ | Maharashtra political crisis: Why MVA coalition has always looked fragile

- Eknath Shinde took a u-turn and denied the involvement of any "big national party" in the rebellion. When I said a big power is backing us, I meant the power of Balasaheb Thackeray and [late Sena leader] Anand Dighe, he said, adding that numbers are in his favour and the rebel camp will meet the Governor soon.

- Reacting to Shinde, Uddhav Thackeray said he has the will to fight the rebellion and alleged that rebel MLAs were lured to the other side by greed.

- The Shiv Sena has sent the names of four more rebel MLAs to the Maharashtra Assembly deputy speaker to initiate action against them, a senior leader said. The party will also issue notices to 16 MLAs of the rebel faction and ask them to respond by Monday.

- Amid all this, Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly Narhari Zirwal approved Shiv Sena's proposal to appoint MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the legislature party leader. Shide was removed from the same post after the rebellion.

- Following this, two independent MLAs and Shinde demanded the removal of NCP's Narhari Zirwal, accusing him of being biased towards the Uddhav camp.

- The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena suffered yet another setback as one more party MLA, Dilip Lande, joined the camp of rebel legislators.

- The Assam unit of the Congress staged demonstrations near a luxury hotel in Guwahati, where rebel Sena leader Shinde and other MLAs accompanying him are staying, demanding that they leave the north-eastern state as it is reeling under a devastating flood.

- Assam Congress chief Bhupen Bora also wrote a letter to Shinde telling him that their presence at such a critical juncture has "defamed" the BJP-ruled state.

HOW DO THE NUMBERS STACK UP?

Shinde, who claimed that his group was the real Shiv Sena, has the support of over 40 MLAs. The total strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 287 and the majority, in the event of a trust vote, is 144. The ruling coalition of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress has 169 seats. If the MLAs led by Shinde do resign, then the Maha Vikas Aghadi's (MVA) strength will fall below the majority mark, leading to the possible collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.

The current political crisis was triggered by Eknath Shinde, who, along with several MLAs, went incommunicado after the MLC poll results. The rebel MLAs led by Shinde reached a hotel in Surat late Monday night, hours after the polls which saw the BJP winning the fifth seat despite not having enough numbers in the Assembly. More MLAs have since joined the rebel camp who are currently in Assam's Guwahati.

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