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Touchdown Mumbai After 10-Day Power Trip: Sena Rebels Back As Victors But Not Home Yet

Eknath Shinde along with his MLAs.


The person who ran the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra is now in a combat to save lots of his legacy, pushed from energy, stunted in stature. The one who led the mutiny is now the person in cost. And the mutineers are again residence lastly, items on the chessboard rearranged.

Eknath Shinde’s Sena of rebels at this time returned to Mumbai from Goa, ten days after a few of them began this energy journey that had stops in three BJP-ruled states. It began with a core group’s drive throughout to Surat in Gujarat, who then flew all the way in which throughout to Assam, fueling up in Guwahati. By the point the get together moved to Goa, the BJP’s hand, hardly invisible anyway, was holding laddoos, able to pop. 

With Uddhav Thackeray unseated and Goa finished correctly — dancing on the tables and all — they’re again in Mumbai, although nonetheless in a lodge, not residence earlier than two key days within the meeting.


Shiv Sena rebels in a gathering with BJP MLAs in Mumbai on Saturday.

Tomorrow begins the particular two-day meeting session to elect a Speaker and maintain a belief vote. With the BJP strong on numbers, the rebel-led authorities is prone to have its approach. However that is the politics of it — brazen and profitable, nonetheless not free from authorized tangles.

The put up of Speaker is vacant since Nana Patole of the Congress resigned final 12 months to develop into the get together’s state chief. Officiating was Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal from the NCP, one of many three companions within the Shiv Sena-led authorities that was simply unseated. He already despatched notices for disqualification — below the anti-defection legislation — to among the rebels. That is now within the Supreme Courtroom. The following listening to is greater than per week away.

Who will get the Speaker’s chair might nicely determine the destiny of these notices.

The BJP’s Rahul Narvekar is the candidate of the brand new ruling alliance. Regardless of being the one largest get together, the BJP has proven tact — name it magnanimity, if you’ll — to provide the rebels the highest put up, making Devendra Fadnavis settle with Deputy as a substitute.

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Maha Vikas Aghadi has fielded Thackeray loyalist Rajan Salvi for the Sunday election. 

Monday is the belief vote.

Eknath Shinde went and fetched his 50 MLAs, together with 39 Sena rebels, in a chartered flight from Goa Saturday night. Safety was tightened on the airport as these backing Uddhav Thackeray have held protests.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a veteran of many seasons and alliances, foresees an extended battle over which faction is definitely the Shiv Sena. “The court docket may have closing say is what I really feel,” he advised reporters in Pune.

Being get together boss, Uddhav Thackeray has eliminated Mr Shinde as Shiv Sena chief within the meeting for “anti-party actions”. The Shinde camp will problem the choice because it claims to be the “actual” Sena now. 

Each camps have issued diverging whips too — technically, binding instructions to MLAs — claiming to have the authority. Going in opposition to such a whip can result in disqualification of the MLA, however that is one other advanced court docket case.

Dividing the get together with two-thirds of the MLAs on his aspect appears simpler for Mr Shinde than claiming the entire get together, for which he’ll want the identical energy inside get together models too. The ultimate resolution would be the Election Fee’s.

Either side additionally declare the legacy of Bal Thackeray, and the Hindutva-Maratha ideology with it. 

These are all fights for one more day and past. For now, in India’s richest state, basic math may simply be all that issues.

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