Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Protests Against Shiv Sena Rebels

On Saturday, Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said Shiv Sena workers should understand that he was fighting to save the party from the clutches of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

Maharashtra Crisis Live Updates: Protests Against Shiv Sena Rebels

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai.

Mumbai:

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.

Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.

On Saturday, Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said Shiv Sena workers should understand that he was fighting to save the party from the clutches of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

Mr Shinde's appeal came after Sena workers loyal to party president and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray staged protests against the rebel MLAs led by him by defacing their banners, hurling stones in some places and vandalising the office of an MLA in Pune.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Maharashtra Crisis:

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Jun 26, 2022 23:35 (IST)
"Will Return To Maharashtra When...": Rebel Sena MLA

The rebel faction of Eknath Shinde today claimed that that the eventual number of Sena MLAs supporting them will cross 50. "We will arrive at a decision in three or four days and thereafter, we will directly go back to Maharashtra," said rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar.

"One to two more MLAs will come and join us. With their support and other Independents, our strength will be increased to 51," Mr Kesarkar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The rebel faction currently has more than 40 Sena MLAs, their total number is 55.

This afternoon, Uday Sawant became the ninth Maharashtra minister to join the rebel camp. The rebels claim they have a two-thirds majority, which would enable them to split the party in the assembly without invoking the disqualification laws.
Jun 26, 2022 23:34 (IST)
"Just Because (Rebels) Have Two-Thirds...": Team Thackeray Lawyers Up
Smarting from a mutiny that continued to grow on Sunday with the addition of its ninth minister, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's team lawyered up to explain why the rebel camp's numbers - now believed to be over 40 MLAs (out of 55) - won't mean much. Read more

'Just Because (Rebels) Have Two-Thirds...': Team Thackeray Lawyers Up

Jun 26, 2022 19:32 (IST)
Maharashtra Rebel MLAs Take Battle For Sena's Control To Supreme Court
Maharashtra's rebel MLA Eknath Shinde has gone to the Supreme Court, filing an appeal against the Shiv Sena's move to disqualify him and 15 other MLAs. 

The Shinde camp has also challenged appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and the rejection of no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal.

Maharashtra Rebel MLAs Take Battle For Sena's Control To Supreme Court
Jun 26, 2022 19:31 (IST)
Maharashtra crisis: Sena rebel MLA Eknath Shinde's camp goes to Supreme Court with appeal against disqualification notice
Jun 26, 2022 16:56 (IST)
Jun 26, 2022 16:51 (IST)
Maharashtra Minister Uday Samant lands in Assam, joins rebel MLAs
Jun 26, 2022 16:07 (IST)
"Resign And Face Election": Sena's Sanjay Raut To Rebel MLAs
Amid the ongoing tussle for the control of the Shiv Sena between party president Uddhav Thackeray and dissident Eknath Shinde, party leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday dared the rebels to quit as MLAs and face fresh elections, but also said the doors of the party were open for those who wish to return. Read more

'Resign And Face Election': Sena's Sanjay Raut To Rebel MLAs

Jun 26, 2022 16:07 (IST)
"Resign And Face Election": Sena's Sanjay Raut To Rebel MLAs
Amid the ongoing tussle for the control of the Shiv Sena between party president Uddhav Thackeray and dissident Eknath Shinde, party leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday dared the rebels to quit as MLAs and face fresh elections, but also said the doors of the party were open for those who wish to return. Read more

'Resign And Face Election': Sena's Sanjay Raut To Rebel MLAs

Jun 26, 2022 15:28 (IST)
Shiv Sena's doors are open for those who want to leave and those who want to return to the party. Those rebel MLAs who are traitors will not be taken back into the party, says Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray: news agency ANI

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Jun 26, 2022 15:25 (IST)
Maharashtra crisis: Shiv Sena workers stage protest in Jammu

A group of Shiv Sena activists on Sunday staged a protest here against the prevailing political crisis in Maharashtra and demanded a high-level probe against the BJP for its alleged role in "horse-trading" to pull down Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance government.

The shiv sainiks staged the protest outside party headquarters at Channi on the outskirts of the city and also burnt an effigy of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde who, along with other party MLAs and independents, is currently camping at a hotel in BJP-ruled Assam.

"We cannot imagine Shiv Sena without the Thackeray family and those who have rebelled against the leadership are traitors who are working at the behest of a national party which is desperate to come to power in Maharashtra," J-K Shiv Sena president Manish Sahni told reporters.

Jun 26, 2022 14:59 (IST)
Jun 26, 2022 14:29 (IST)
Jun 26, 2022 14:07 (IST)
Eknath Shinde's supporters blacken posters of Uddhav Thackeray in Thane
Amid rising political turmoil in Maharashtra, supporters of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde blackened posters of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Thane on Sunday.

On the other hand, Shiv Sena workers held 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in Pune, Maharashtra.
Jun 26, 2022 13:39 (IST)
Shiv Sena workers protest against party rebels; say 'traitors' won't be forgiven
Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.

Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.

Jun 26, 2022 13:21 (IST)
Meeting of Eknath Shinde faction begins in a Guwahati hotel to discuss further strategies and legal aspects. Another important meeting could be held later today
Jun 26, 2022 12:27 (IST)
Centre grants Y-plus CRPF cover to 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs
The Centre on Sunday extended Y-plus security cover of CRPF commandos to at least 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, officials said.

Those who were provided the security cover include Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve and 10 others.

Their families living in Maharashtra too will be secured as the security blanket entails house protection teams, they said.
Jun 26, 2022 12:25 (IST)
20 Rebel MLAs In Touch With Uddhav Thackeray: Sources
At least 20 MLAs camping with rebel leader Eknath Shinde are reportedly in touch with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, sources have told NDTV. NDTV has also learnt that some of the rebels are against with the group merging with the BJP.
Jun 26, 2022 12:00 (IST)
Shiv Sena workers hold bike rally to protest against the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs outside the Saamana office in Mumbai
Jun 26, 2022 11:42 (IST)
If You Have The Guts...: Aaditya Thackeray's Open Challenge To Rebels Amid Maharashtra Crisis
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray has dared the Shiv Sena rebels, led by minister Eknath Shinde, to quit the party and face elections, amid a worsening political crisis in the state.
Jun 26, 2022 11:05 (IST)
Eknath Shinde calls meeting of rebel Sena MLAs today in Guwahati
Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has called a meeting of MLAs camping with him at a hotel in Assam's Guwahati on Sunday to discuss the strategy ahead.

The political turbulence in Maharashtra was triggered by the faction war in Shiv Sena after Minister Eknath Shinde flew to Surat with some MLAs and then to Guwahati where he claims of having the support of 38 MLAs of the 55 Shiv Sena legislators, which is more than two-thirds of the party's strength in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. It means that they can either leave and form another political party or merge with another without being disqualified from the state assembly.
Jun 26, 2022 10:10 (IST)
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been discharged from the hospital after recovery from Covid-19. officials said today
Jun 26, 2022 09:36 (IST)
Maharashtra Crisis: How Long Will You Hide?: Sena's Sanjay Raut Sends A Message With Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal's Pic
Sanjay Raut, the chief spokesperson of Shiv Sena, which is battling a rebellion led by senior leader Eknath Shinde, today took a swipe at the rebel leaders camping in BJP-ruled Assam.
Jun 26, 2022 09:33 (IST)
Team Thackeray's Dare After Rebel Eknath Shinde's Late Night Meeting
Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde met BJP's Devendra Fadnavis in Gujarat last night to discuss possible government formation in Maharashtra, sources have said. Team Thackeray, meanwhile, said it will "not forget the betrayal" done by the rebels.
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