From Gujarat to Guwahati and now Goa–the rebel Shiv Sena camp is giving sleepless nights to not just rival Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra but the entire nation. Buses, hotels, chartered planes, temple runs and what not! The resort politics to protect MLAs from straying has upped the political temperature in Maharashtra.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has called for a floor test on Thursday. And the famous Kamakhya temple in Guwahati became refuge for the rebel MLAs who are leaving for Goa now. Their leader Eknath Shinde visited the temple on Wednesday morning, seeking the much-needed blessings a day ahead of the floor test, not just once but twice.
Bolstered with numbers, Shinde said he is not worried about any floor test. He said, “We will reach Mumbai tomorrow. 50 MLAs are with us. We have 2/3 majority.” He further added, “We will pass all things and no one can stop us. In democracy, the majority matters and we have that.”
Guwahati’s Radisson Blu hotel played host to 39 Shiv Sena MLAs, including Shinde, eight independent MLAs and two from Prahar Janshakti Party in their bid to bring down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. They landed in the city last Wednesday from Surat.
Interestingly, the rebel camp’s fascination with ‘G’–Gujarat, Guwahati & Goa–points at a pertinent question as to why they changed their plan last minute to shift from Guwahati to Goa. Here are the five reasons:
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned on Wednesday, minutes after the Supreme Court ruled that he must prove today that his government still has a majority.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra has been facing a political crisis after a revolt in Shiv Sena. The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde had been camping in Guwahati.
Mr Thackeray, who also resigned as MLC, said that he was not going away forever and will once again sit in Shiv Sena Bhavan.
Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan today admitted that the BJP indeed has the numbers it is claiming — 134 in a house of 287 — as crisis hit Maharashtra’s ruling alliance, in which his party is a member. The whole operation, Mr Chavan told NDTV, “was orchestrated from Delhi” and a “huge amounts of money have changed hands”.
Asked about the BJP claims of having 134-135 MLAs, Mr Chavan said in an exclusive interview,”There is no dispute about that”.
The escalating crisis in Maharashtra was set off by Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, who is camping out in Surat with 21 MLAs, following a disagreement with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections. As Mr Thackeray sacked him from the post of the chief whip, Mr Shinde retaliated by removing the name of Shiv Sena from his Twitter bio.
The Sena has sent emissaries to Surat to initiate talks with the rebels.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi left the Enforcement Directorate office in Delhi after 12 hours of questioning in a money laundering case on Tuesday. The Wayanad MP has so far been questioned for nearly 50 plus hours in five days.
He was questioned for 10 hours yesterday too, and for 30 hours last week from Monday to Wednesday. Before the ED probe resumed yesterday, he was allowed some days’ break to be with his ailing mother, Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi, who was discharged yesterday after treatment of post-Covid complications, has also been summoned by the ED but given time till June 23.
The ED is investigating the Gandhis’ role in what is known as the National Herald case. It involves the Young Indian’s takeover of AJL (Associated Journals Limited), the company that ran the National Herald newspaper, a Congress mouthpiece which has since transformed into an online-only outlet.
Presidential Polls 2022 News live: The BJP has chosen former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu as the party’s pick for the upcoming Presidential elections on a day when the Opposition also chose Yashwant Sinha as its candidate. The decision was taken at the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi. Addressing the press conference, BJP president JP Nadda said that after extensive discussions with the NDA allies, it was felt that the Presidential candidate should come from the eastern part of India and should be a woman tribal candidate
The BJP has once again targeted the Congress on the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation on Monday. The BJP has claimed that Mehul Choksi, Zakir Naik, Rana Kapoor, etc., accused in the Punjab National Bank scam, gave money to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has made some big claims about this by making the check number public.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said in the press conference, ‘Mehul Choksi is an accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. The matter is going on with this. The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has received several lakhs of rupees from Mehul Choksi. The Gitanjali Group belongs to Mehul and comes under a company called M / s Naviraj Estates. This company has donated Rs 10 lakh to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation on August 29, 2014 through check number 676400. Patra said, ‘Naviraj Estates is of Rohan Choksi, and Rohan is the son of Mehul Choksi. Mehul Choksi is also a director in this company.
Attacking Congress, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra further said, ‘Rana Kapoor donated Rs 9 lakh 45 thousand to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, a fund from Yes Bank. The money was diverted from Yes Bank account to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. At the same time, the BJP also claimed Zakir Naik that he too had given money to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
The BJP leader said about Zakir Naik that its foundation is named Islamic Research Foundation. It is under investigation under money laundering. It donated Rs 50 lakh to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. DCB bank account. This account number is seized.
Let me tell you that earlier even during the UPA regime, BJP has accused the Prime Minister Relief Fund money diverted to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. The BJP had alleged that the PMNRF was created to help people in crisis, but money was being donated to the RGF during the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.