Aaditya Thackeray’s Open Challenge To Rebels: “If You Have The Guts…”
In the midst of a deteriorating political crisis in the state, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray has dared the Shiv Sena rebels, led by minister Eknath Shinde, to leave the party and face elections. In an open challenge to the MLAs camped in BJP-ruled Assam while the rebellion against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray went on for nearly a week, he urged the rebels to “defect and fight.”
“If you’re brave, defect from the Shiv Sena and fight. Resign and run for office if you believe that what we did was wrong, that Uddhav (Thackeray) ji’s leadership was wrong, and that we are all wrong. We’re prepared, “said he.
Speaking to supporters yesterday in Mumbai, Mr. Thackeray remarked, “You see the people standing here – they will not be able to campaign here in Maharashtra.”
He had previously described the situation as a conflict between the truth and deception. “We won’t soon forget the traitorous actions of the Shiv Sena breakaway MLAs. Without a doubt, Shiv Sena will prevail “said he.
With Mr. Shinde, a powerhouse from Maharashtra’s Thane region, claiming the support of over 40 Sena MLAs, the Maha Vikas Aghadi administration is on the verge of disintegrating.
The renegade minority asked that the party, founded by Balasaheb Thackeray, reinstate its partnership with the BJP after calling Sena’s alliance with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress “unnatural.”
16 of the Sena’s renegade MLAs, including Mr. Shinde, have been handed notices in an effort to have them removed from office.
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