Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena rebel who sparked the political crisis in Maharashtra, today stressed that breaking out of the ‘unnatural alliance’ of Sharad Pawar’s party and the Congress is vital for the survival of the left.
The statement comes shortly after alliance partners in Maha Vikas Aghadi, sources said, suggested the rebel leader be appointed chief minister.
“Over the past 2.5 years, the Shiv Sena has only suffered and other parties have benefited. Where other parties have gotten stronger, the Sena has only gotten weaker.
“To save the party and the Shiv Sainiks, it is vital that the unholy alliance is thrown out. It is important to take this decision in the interests of Maharashtra,” said Mr Shinde, who is now camping with other rebels in BJP-led Assam. , tweeted on day 2 of the Maharashtra pot.
Mr Shinde insists that the Sena restore its alliance with the BJP and lead the state.
“Some say we should go with the BJP. But how can we do that. We were with them and suffered. Why should we go with them,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly told party leaders during the meeting. an emergency meeting yesterday, adding that talks with the rebel leader were underway.
In an emotional speech today, Uddhav Thackeray said he was ‘ready to step down’ at any time but refrained from announcing his resignation as chief minister.
“Come to me and tell me to resign, opposite, and I will quit the post of chief minister. The post of chief minister came to me accidentally – it’s not something I aspire to” , Mr. Thackeray said.
“Despite the support of (NCP Sharad leader) Pawar Saheb and (Congress leader) Kamal Nath, if my own people don’t want me to be chief minister, what should I do? I don’t know if I can call my people because they don’t see me as their own,” he said.
Eknath Shinde needs seven more Sena deputies on his side to split the party without risking disqualification under the anti-defection law.
Mr Thackeray said he was ‘getting calls from MPs who went with Eknath Shinde claiming they had been kidnapped’.