• Should Uddhav Thackeray step down? What issues are on the table at the Maharshtra Assembly?


    Digital Desk: Shiv Sena rebel minister Eknath Shinde fled to BJP-ruled Assam after claiming to have the support of 40 of the party's 55 MLAs and six independents, throwing the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government into a serious political crisis. Political unpredictability engulfed the Maharashtra government yesterday as Shinde, a former Sena "loyalist," moved to a hotel in BJP-ruled Gujarat with 21 MLAs. This occurred a day after the Sena-NCP-Congress coalition was left reeling from the MLC elections, in which the BJP won five seats and the Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party each won two.


    The dissident MLAs have never before been transported to Assam outside of the northeast area. According to sources, the decision was made to relocate the rebel MPs from the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat to the Assam because the Shiv Sena has no supporters there and the likelihood of a protest is slim. 

    According to a BJP source, the MLAs were moved to Guwahati on security reasons after being transported from Mumbai to Surat on Tuesday. Following the dissidence of a group of its MLAs led by Shinde, the Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra is in trouble.


    ·         The majority bar in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly is 145, and there are currently 287 members due to the tragic death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke of Mumbai.


    ·         The MVA has the following strengths: Shiv Sena (55), NCP (53) and Congress (44). With the help of independents and smaller parties, the controlling alliance has access to about 169 MPs.



    The BJP has 106 members, and with the help of independents and other parties, it has a total strength of about 114.

    In addition to the MVA-BJP, there is a sizable 29-member group of MLAs who are independent or belong to other parties and who have grown to be crucial to both the government and the opposition. As was seen in this month's annual elections for both the Rajya Sabha and Maharashtra Legislative Council, the remaining five are officially unaffiliated to either group to maintain their "political bargaining leverage."


    What would occur if  40 Sena MLAs resigned?

    The number of Sena's 55 MLAs will drop to 15 if the 40 dissident MLAs led by Minister Eknath Shinde quit. The Maha Vikas Aghadi's strength in the House will thereafter drop to 125 after this. As demonstrated by Sanjay Raut of Sena and Prithviraj Chavan, Ashok Chavan, and various Congress members, among others, the MVA allies have maintained a brave face and that the government is not now under danger.


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