Most In Eknath Shinde's Sena Will Lose Next Time, Says Sharad Pawar's NCP

Maharashtra NCP chief says party will continue to treat the Eknath Shinde government as "unconstitutional" till it gets validation from Supreme Court

Most In Eknath Shinde's Sena Will Lose Next Time, Says Sharad Pawar's NCP

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (File)

Mumbai:

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has been trying hard to justify his rebellion against the Shiv Sena leadership, but the people of the state were not buying his views. The NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, even claimed 45 of the 50 legislators backing Mr Shinde will face defeat in the next polls.

Referring to a rally addressed by the Chief Minister at Paithan in central Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Monday, state NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase alleged the Shinde-led rebel group does not have a disciplined cadre hence they have to spend money to hire people for gatherings.

The Shiv Sena faction led by party president Uddhav Thackeray has claimed people for Mr Shinde's rally were brought by "paying money". “The chief minister has tried to explain how the act of his rebellion was correct, but the people of Maharashtra do not support his views (on revolt). The electorate of Maharashtra will defeat 45 of the 50 MLAs of the Shinde group in the next elections,” Mr Tapase said in a statement.

Eknath Shinde, who raised a banner of revolt in June and walked away with nearly 40 Sena MLAs, has repeatedly claimed the party under Uddhav Thackeray's leadership had deviated from the path of Hindutva.

The CM on Monday launched a frontal attack on opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders, particularly Mr Thackeray, and said it was "better to be dubbed as agents" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had nullified Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, "than being sympathetic to Yakub Memon", executed in 2015 for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Countering, Mr Tapase said the “ED government”, a reference to Mr Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, has been formed allegedly by using the Enforcement Directorate and it is yet to get constitutional validation from the Supreme Court.

He said the NCP will continue to treat the Shinde government as "unconstitutional" till it gets validation from the Supreme Court, where rival Shiv Sena camps have filed a slew of petitions against each other.

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