Shinde Says 'I'm With Hindutva, Won’t Return to Shiv Sena'; CM Uddhav to Attend MVA Meet Shortly

Uddhav to Meet Lawmakers, Aaditya Drops Minister from Twitter Bio; Cong MLAs Not on Sale, Says Nath

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Meanwhile, as Shiv Sena moves deeper into a tight spot, CM Uddhav Thackeray has called for a meeting with all his Sena MLAs, MPs at the Varsha Residence (Maharashtra Chief Minister’s official residence) at 5pm on Wednesday.

On the other hand, his son Aaditya Thackeray, who is serving as Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment for the Government of Maharashtra, dropped “Minister” from his official Twitter handle.

“We will take forward Bala saheb’s Hindutva,” said Eknath Shinde, the rebel Shiv Sena leader, as he reached Guwahati airport on Wednesday, along with 40 other MLAs. They were received at the airport by Assam BJP MP Pallab Lochan Das. Shinde’s rebellion has thrown the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra into chaos, threatening its fall as the numbers’ game at the Legislative Assembly is not in their favour.

“40 MLAs from Shiv Sena are present here. We will follow and take forward Bala Saheb’s Hindutva Agenda,” Shinde, who is also likely to return to Mumbai and go to the Raj Bhavan, said.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called a Cabinet meeting at 1pm in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The dissident group of Shiv Sena MLAs finally boarded a chartered flight from the Surat airport on Wednesday morning after keeping the chartered plane waiting for hours.

Before boarding the flight, rebel Shiv Sena leader and Maharastra Cabinet Minister Eknath Shinde said that Sena MLAs have not revolted against the party but their only wish is forming an alliance with the opposition BJP.

At the Surat airport, Shinde said, “My and Sena MLAs wish is that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should form a government in alliance with the BJP, I have not quit the party.”

Shiv Sena’s MLAs have shown full trust and faith in the ideology laid down by party founder late Balasaheb Thackeray, Shinde said and added that Shiv Sena MLAs have not revolted against the party.

Around 2.15 am 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 accompanying rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at the airport.

The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were escorted to Surat airport by the Surat police.

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