Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the party was ready to walk out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, but party rebels should return to Mumbai from Guwahati in 24 hours.
“You say you are real Shiv Sainiks and will not quit the party. We are ready to consider your demand provided you come back to Mumbai in 24 hours and discuss the issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Your demand will be considered positively. Don’t write letters on Twitter and WhatsApp,” Raut was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“The rebels who are out of Mumbai have raised the issue of Hindutva. If all these MLAs feel that Shiv Sena should walk out of the MVA, show the guts to come back to Mumbai. You say you have issues only with the government and also say that you are true Shiv Sainiks…Your demand will be considered. But come and talk with Uddhav Thackeray,” he added.
CM Thackeray had on Wednesday offered to step down from the top post amid a rebellion by MLA Eknath Shinde and later also vacated his official residence in south Mumbai before moving to his family home in suburban Bandra.
Raut, however, insisted that Thackeray would not resign and prove his majority in the ruling MVA assembly if necessary.