Mumbai: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other party MLAs landed in Assam on Wednesday morning and were received by BJP leaders Sushanta Borgohain and Pallab Lochan Das. Shinde claimed the support of 40 Sena MLAs.
His remarks came after speculations that Shinde along with other MLAs may join the BJP to topple the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Also Read: No Question Of Going With BJP: Pawar On Options If Govt Falls In Maha
“A total of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs are present here. We will take forward Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva,” Shinde said after reaching Guwahati.
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Shiv Sena MLAs were received by BJP MLA Sushant Borgohain and BJP MP Pallab Lochan Das at Guwahati airport.
“I had come to pick him up (Shiv Sena MLA from Surat in Gujarat). I have not counted how many MLAs have come. I have come here for personal relations. They haven’t disclosed any schedules,” Borgohain said.
Talking to media persons at Surat airport here before leaving for Guwahati, Shinde said he has not abandoned Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena.
“We have not left Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and will not leave it. We have been following Balasaheb’s Hindutva and will carry it further,” he said.
This comes after suspicious cross-voting in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dealt a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena won two seats each, while the Congress managed to capture one seat out of the total 10 seats in the Legislative Council where voting was held on Monday.
After the MLC elections, Shinde was staying at Le Meridien Hotel in Surat along with some other Shiv Sena MLAs. A Shiv Sena delegation comprising Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s close aide Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Phatak also met Shinde and other party MLAs in Surat.
Alleging that efforts are being made to topple the MVA government, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday confirmed that some Shiv Sena MLAs and Eknath Shinde were currently “not reachable”. He said that Shiv Sena MLAs were in Surat and they were not being allowed to leave.