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The meeting of rebel MLAs is underway in Guwahati.

10:39 AM

Shiv Sena strikes a conciliatory note

The Shiv Sena is sounding a conciliatory note, saying they are still friends. "Eknath Shinde is my friend, I have spoken with him today. He is a Shiv Sainik. He has no misunderstanding with Uddhav Thackeray or with me," said Sanjay Raut. He said all rebel MLAs are still with the Shiv Sena, and that it is not easy for both sides to leave each other.
10:46 AM

The meeting of rebel MLAs is underway in Guwahati.

10:39 AM

Shiv Sena strikes a conciliatory note

The Shiv Sena is sounding a conciliatory note, saying they are still friends. "Eknath Shinde is my friend, I have spoken with him today. He is a Shiv Sainik. He has no misunderstanding with Uddhav Thackeray or with me," said Sanjay Raut. He said all rebel MLAs are still with the Shiv Sena, and that it is not easy for both sides to leave each other.
10:32 AM

It is not easy for them to leave us, it is not easy for us to leave them. Discussions are still on.

- Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena leader

10:22 AM

Shinde may meet Goa governor today

Eknath Shinde may go to meet PS Sreedharan Pillai, the Goa Governor. He is likely to be given additional charge of Maharashtra as BS Koshyari is admitted to hospital with Covid. A few more rebels may join Shinde today. Two more Sena MLAs are on their way to join that camp . NDTV reports said about 9-10 MLAs from different parties could be going to Guwahati.
10:12 AM

Banner outside Sanjay Raut's residence

A banner, reading 'Your arrogance would last 4 days, our kingship is inherited', seen outside the residence of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in Mumbai. The banner has been put up by Shiv Sena Corporator Deepmala Badhe.
10:04 AM

Upset with Congress, NCP style: Rebel MLAs

  • Sandipan Bhumare, a Maharashtra Shiv Sena minister who is among the dissidents led by Eknath Shinde told a TV channel that they have no complaints against the Sena leadership.
  • He said they have been upset with the style of function of the NCP and Congress, the other two MVA partners.
  • He said they had already raised their complaints with Uddhav Thackeray
  • And that it was very difficult for them to get their proposals approved from their ministers
09:56 AM

How numbers stack up in Maharashtra Assembly

This is the wagon wheel of how the parties stand in the Maharashtra Assembly. This gives a fair idea how close the Uddhav Thackeray government is to being toppled. ( C'tsy TOI 
09:51 AM

Shiv Sena should renew ties with BJP, says MLA facing ED heat

Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik today repeated the party should renew ties with the BJP. Sarnaik, the MLA from Thane's Ovala-Majiwada constituency, has been facing a probe by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. He had last year written a letter to Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, saying the party should team up with the BJP to save its leaders from action by central agencies. the ED had recently attached assets worth over Rs 11 crore of Sarnaik in the money laundering case linked to the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL).
09:44 AM

Two more Shiv Sena MLAs in Mumbai - Sanjay Rathod and Yogesh Kadam - are now flying out to Mumbai to join Shinde.

09:36 AM

Shinde to get in touch with Maharashtra governor

Eknath Shinde will be coming to Mumbai or sending a letter to the Maharashtra governor saying he has the support of a majority of Shiv Sena MLAs: ET Bureau reports from Mumbai
09:34 AM

Outside the Guwahati luxury hotel

It's tight security outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati where Eknath Shinde and the rebel MLAs are housed
09:24 AM

The rebel MLAs in Guwahati are set to have a meeting around 9.30 am, ET Bureau reports. They are likely to discuss moving a no confidence motion against the Uddhav Thackeray govt. 

09:19 AM

In the meanwhile, Maharashtra governor BG Koshiyari has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid -19.

09:15 AM

At the Guwahati hotel

The Shiv Sena MLAs are lodged in 34 rooms at the Guwahati hotel . Assam BJP MLA Sushanta Borgohain and MP Pallab Lochan Das are with them. Couple of other hotels are being booked and Shiv Sena workers will be lodged in those.
09:05 AM

Assam BJP MLAs turn up at Guwahati hotel

Shrikant Shinde - son of Eknath Shinde and Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan - led the rebel MLAs, ET Bureau reports from Guwahati. Several MLAs from Assam BJP are with the rebel group at the luxury hotel which is in the outskirts of Guwahati.
08:44 AM

Did more Sena MLAs join Shinde?

If that number of 33 dissident Shiv Sena MLAs - quoted in reports - holds true, then there has been a further erosion since Uddhav Thackeray's meeting of party MLAs at Matoshree yesterday evening. Or maybe the Uddhav camp yesterday overestimated the numbers with them. Remember, the total strength of Shiv Sena is 55.
08:38 AM

Forty Maharashtra MLAa - 33 dissidents from Shiv Sena and seven independent MLAs - are lodged at the Guwahati luxury hotel: PTI reports


Have '40+ MLAs', not splitting from Shiv Sena

Eknath Shinde spoke over the phone with the NDTV, and this in short is what he said:
  • We have 40 plus MLAS with us now
  • We are not splitting from the Shiv Sena, we will carry forward Balasaheb's political vision
  • Shiv Sena is a party founded on Hindutva, it has to be carried forward
  • Within a few days the picture will be clear ( on whether they don't want the Cong and NCP
  • There are 46 MLAs with us, counting Shiv Sena and Independents
  • Will decide after our meeting when to stake claim
08:17 AM

A meeting of the Maharashtra cabinet is scheduled for today at 1 pm.

08:16 AM

Surat to Guwahati: That's a long distance!

Resort politics is a cliche in the country. Corraling MLAs - loyal or rebel, depending on the situation - at resorts in stronghold states is now a scene which plays out every few months. But what seems so dramatic this time is the distance the rebels have been flown. From Surat in the west in Gujarat, Eknath Shinde and the MLAs who support him have been shifted far east to Guwahati in Assam. Both states are ruled by the BJP.
08:06 AM

Why Shinde was always a source of nervousness to the Thackerays

  • Eknath Shinde was a very close aide of late Sena leader Anand Dighe. Thane, where Shinde hails from, was Dighe's fiefdom.
  • Dighe was loyal to the Sena till his death in 2001, but he ran the party in Thane as he felt fit, and even Bal Thackeray could not rein him in.
  • The Shiv Sena, probably with this in mind, did not give a free hand in the Thane-Kalyan belt to Shinde as he would have liked.
  • Sena insiders told ET the Thackerays always felt "nervous" about Shinde's clout in the party and there were efforts to cut him down to size.
  • There have been instances where his supporters put up huge hoardings proclaiming him as the "future CM".
  • Shinde has been feeling restless after Uddhav's son Aaditya Thackeray's entry into politics. Aaditya brought in his own young group of people.
07:53 AM

Scenes at the Guwahati airport

The flight carrying Eknath Shinde and his group of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs landed at the Guwahati airport around 6.30 am
07:49 AM

The numbers in the Maharashtra assembly

The Shiv Sena, which heads the MVA, has 55 MLAs, followed by allies NCP (53) and the Congress (44) in the 288-assembly. The current simple majority mark is 144.
07:47 AM

Maharashtra MLAs have arrived at the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati, ANI reports

07:44 AM

How many Shiv Sena MLAs with Shinde?

Eknath Shinde claims there are 40 Shiv Sena MLAs with him. This number has not been confirmed independently. The exact number of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who travelled in that chartered flight from Surat is not known immediately, but the flight had 89 passengers, including onboard crew, sources told PTI.
07:40 AM

The flight from Surat in Gujarat landed at Guwahati's Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport at around 6.30 am

07:38 AM

The rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were received at Guwahati airport by BJP leaders Sushanta Borgohain and Pallab Lochan Das.

07:26 AM

In 'wait and watch' mode: Maharashtra BJP

The Maharashtra BJP has claimed that "technically" the state government is in a "minority" as Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena MLAs have gone. The party says it is in a "wait and watch" mode, claiming that there has not been any proposal regarding government formation neither from the BJP nor from Shinde. Sources, however say, the BJP has offered the deputy chief minister's post to Shinde, who is currently the urban affairs minister.
07:22 AM

We haven't left Balasaheb Thackeray's Shiv Sena, says Shinde

Before leaving for Guwahati with his group of rebel MLAs, Eknath Shinde talked to the media at the Surat airport. "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.
07:17 AM

A total of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs are present here. We will carry forward Balasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva.

- Eknath Shinde, on arriving at Guwahati

07:09 AM

The revolt came shortly after a suspected cross-voting in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections on Sunday evening in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged five seats, dealing a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government.

07:08 AM

Both the Congress and the NCP have said they are backing Uddhav Thackeray and standing by their alliance. The Congress also announced that, contrary to speculation, their team is intact.

07:05 AM

The group seems to have got a few additions before they left. Woman MLA Yamini Jadhav had joined them in Surat. Bachchu Kadu's Prahaar Janshakti Party , which was earlier opped to the BJP, has now joined Shinde.

07:01 AM

The shifting happened hours after two aides of CM Uddhav Thackeray reached out to Shinde at their Surat hotel. Both Gujarat and Assam are ruled by the BJP

06:58 AM

The scene now shifts to Guwahati in the Maharashtra political drama. Overnight, Eknath Shinde and the Shiv Sena MLAs supporting him moved out from their Surat hotel and flew far east


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