Uddhav Thackeray's government in Maharashtra is in danger. Cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with 17 other MLAs have gone to Surat in Gujarat after cross voting in MLC elections. It is being said that Eknath has been angry with CM Uddhav for some time. After the 'disappearance' with the MLAs, Shinde was contacted by party leaders, but could not be contacted. There are speculations that the BJP may once again 'play' with the Uddhav government in Maharashtra.
Taking strong action, Shiv Sena has removed Eknath Shinde from the post of Legislature Party leader of the party. In his place, Sewri MLA Ajay Chaudhary has been given the command. At the same time, Eknath Shinde has taunted Uddhav Thackeray after the action of Shiv Sena. He tweeted, 'We are staunch Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb Thackeray. Balasaheb had taught us about Hindutva. We were never deceived by this and will never betray Hindutva. We are with what Balasaheb Thackeray taught.”
There are media reports that Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has called all Shiv Sena MPs to a meeting at 7 pm today. After the political upheaval in Maharashtra due to Eknath Shinde's rebellion, the Uddhav government is engaged in damage control. Deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit Pawar will meet CM Uddhav Thackeray at 6.30 pm.
Home Minister Amit Shah reached Delhi to meet BJP President JP Nadda. There was a long conversation between the two on the issue of Maharashtra. It is being said that former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is also reaching Delhi to meet the top leadership. At the same time, BJP says that now the countdown of Uddhav government has started.
Earlier, the BJP has given a soft response to the political crisis in the state due to the displeasure of Eknath Shinde. Maharashtra BJP state president Chandrakant Dada Patil said that we are keeping a close watch on the political developments. It would be a bit untimely to say that this will change anything.