Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar immediately expressed confidence the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities would survive the storm unleashed by insurgent MLA Eknath Shinde, who claims the help of over 40 MLAs.
“A floor test will decide who has majority,” Mr Pawar, whose Nationalist Congress Party, or MVA, is a Shiv Sena ally, advised reporters this night.
“Everyone knows how the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were taken to Gujarat and then Assam (both BJP-ruled). We don’t have to take the names of all those assisting them…Assam government is helping them. I don’t need to take any names further,” Mr Pawar mentioned.
Only 13 MLAs got here for a gathering with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray immediately, sources have mentioned, whereas the insurgent MLA Mr Shinde in a video to show that he has the higher hand confirmed at the least 42 MLAs tenting at a resort in Assam’s Guwahati.
In a last-ditch try to avoid wasting the ruling Maharashtra alliance, Team Thackeray has determined to file an attraction with the Maharashtra meeting Deputy Speaker searching for to disqualify 15 insurgent MLAs, sources have mentioned.
The Sena could not transfer to disqualify 30 or extra MLAs, nevertheless, since that will deliver the midway mark down, which might profit the BJP. Sena’s play seems to be to go for disqualifying a couple of rebels to discourage the remainder from dealing with elections, therefore forcing them to return.
“The rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena will have to come to Mumbai…because if the minority is Maha Vikas Aghadi, then they will have to come to the Vidhan Sabha…and who will support them once they come to the assembly? Will BJP leaders from Gujarat and Assam come to the assembly to support them?” Mr Pawar mentioned.
Mr Shinde has already reached the crucial variety of MLAs, 37, required to separate the get together within the meeting with out falling foul of the anti-defection legislation. With two extra Sena MLAs, he may have 39. His whole power is now 42, together with Independent MLAs.
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