Mumbai, June 21: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government could be facing a major political crisis after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde took 32 MLAs to camp in Surat, Gujarat — a BJP-ruled state.
The state Urban Development Minister is said to be in a hotel in Surat with his 32 MLAs, and Shinde is “not reachable”.
The MLAs who have decided to support Shinde, include Mahendra Thorve, Bharat Gogavale, Mahesh Shinde. Vishwanath Bhoir, Dnyanraj Chowgule, Sanjay Rathod, Srinivas Vanaga, Sanjay Gaikwad and Sanjay Raimulkar.
Minister of State Abdul Sattar, Balaji Kinikar, Shantaram More, Anil Babar, Tanaji Sawant and Sanjay Shirsath are also with Shinde.
Thirteen votes of the Shiv Sena were split in the Legislative Council results that were declared Monday night. Both Sena candidates Sachin Ahir and Amashya Padvi had won by a landslide. Shinde has been missing in action since.
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