Sena Leader: “PM And Amit Shah, Your Minister Is Threatening Sharad Pawar”
Today, the Shiv Sena claimed that a Union Minister had threatened Sharad Pawar, the head of the Maharashtra alliance. Sanjay Raut, the spokesperson for the Sena, questioned whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah approved of the threats made by their minister.
“He is Maharashtra’s son. They’re posing a threat to him. Have you heard, Modi ji and Amit Shah? Do you support threats like the one your minister is making against Sharad Pawar? Maharashtra is curious about, “After a rebellion in which the bulk of the party’s MLAs backed rebel Eknath Shinde, Mr. Raut, one of the few Shiv Sena leaders still supporting Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, made this statement.
The accusation was first made on Twitter by Mr. Raut.
“A Union Minister threatened that if Sharad Pawar tries to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi, he will not be allowed to go home, he will be stopped on the road. If this is what the BJP is doing then you declare it. Whether the government stays or goes, such language for Sharad Pawar is unacceptable,” tweeted the Shiv Sena MP.
Uddhav Thackeray is outnumbered in the party that his father, Bal Thackeray, founded, with rebel Eknath Shinde claiming the support of 50 MLAs, including 40 from the Shiv Sena. This uprising has the potential to topple the Maharashtra coalition government.
On Tuesday, Mr. Shinde and the rebels began their uprising from Surat in the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat. They later travelled to Assam, another BJP stronghold, on special planes.
12 MLAs, including Mr. Shinde, have been targeted for disqualification by Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Shinde told NDTV this morning that the measure was “illegal” because the Chief Minister’s faction is a minority. The 58-year-old Mr. Shinde has enough MLAs to split the party and assert that he is the true Shiv Sena. The dissident leader, however, claims that all he wants is for the Sena to break its “unnatural alliance” with Sharad Pawar’s party and the Congress and to run Maharashtra alongside the BJP, an old ally. Yesterday, Sharad Pawar stated that only a floor test in the assembly would determine the future of the administration.
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