In Maharashtra, all the BJP candidates won the elections to the 10 Legislative Council seats. The BJP won five seats in the Legislative Council. The ruling coalition's ally Congress has suffered a setback in the MLC elections. Only one candidate of Congress could register victory while two candidates of NCP and Shiv Sena registered victory. At the same time, due to suspicion of cross voting, CM Uddhav has called an emergency meeting of the party MLAs.
After the Legislative Council elections in Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, a minister of the Mahavikas Aghadi government, is missing along with 29 MLAs. At the same time, amidst the political earthquake in Maharashtra, the wife of Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh in Akola has lodged a complaint with the police about her husband's disappearance. It is being told that Nitin Deshmukh is staying with Eknath Shinde in a hotel in Surat, but Nitin Deshmukh's wife has lodged a missing report with the police.
According to sources all these MLAs took off on a chartered flight to Surat at 7 pm on Monday. Security has been beefed up outside the residence of Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde in Thane. Here, after suspicious cross-voting in the MLC elections, CM Uddhav Thackeray has called an immediate meeting of all the MLAs of Shiv Sena at 12 noon today. All the MLAs have been strictly asked to be present in the meeting. MVA constituent Congress candidate Chandrakant Handore was defeated in the MLC election.
The MLC election was another shocking development for the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi alliance in the state. Because the main opposition BJP, defeating Congress's first preference candidate Chandrakant Handore, succeeded in getting its additional candidate to the Legislative Council.
In the Rajya Sabha elections too, the BJP had ensured the victory of its third candidate Dhananjay Mahadik, surprising the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Pawar had to face defeat. NCP chief Sharad Pawar had termed it the charisma of Devendra Fadnavis.