Amid the deepening crisis in the government of Maharashtra, with a rebel group of more than 40 members of the Shiv Sena MLAs camped out in a five-star hotel on the outskirts of Guwahati, while at home the government Maha Vikas Aghadi runs out of breath, the minister- Assam chief Himanta Biswa Sarma has clearly denied that the state has anything to do with one of this week’s biggest political events.
“There are a lot of good hotels in Assam, anyone can come and stay… no problem with that. I don’t know if the Maharashtra MLAs will stay in Assam. MLAs from other states can also come and stay in Assam,” Sarma told ANI news agency.
The rebel camp led by Sena MLA, Eknath Shinde, has already reached the critical number 37 needed to split the party in the assembly without conflicting with the anti-defection law. With two more Sena MLAs, he will have 39. His total strength is now 42, including independent MLAs.
Shinde’s camp even posted images of the hotel in Guwahati to show he has 42 MLAs on his side.
In a last ditch attempt to save Maharashtra’s ruling alliance, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s team has decided to pursue the disqualification of 17 MLAs. Other than that, the Thackeray team appealed to the Vice President of the Maharashtra Assembly to disqualify 5 MLAs first.
Sena may not move to disqualify more than 17, however, as that would cut the mark in half, which would benefit the BJP. Sena’s move appears to be to disqualify some rebels to discourage others from facing elections, forcing them to return.
With NDTV, ANI inputs