Maharashtra Political Crisis Live Updates: Amid an impasse of the Shiv Sena central leadership with its rebel MLAs, rebel leader Eknath Shinde’s camp, as of Thursday, has the support of 42 MLAs – 35 from the Shiv Sena and 7 independents.
Meanwhile, Narhari Zirwal, the acting speaker of the Maharashtra state assembly on Thursday, 23 June, accepted Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhari as the new Legislative Party Leader while rejecting the proposal by rebel MLAs for Ekanth Shinde to continue on the post.
The party on 21 June had removed Shinde as the Legislative Party Leader for engineering the rebellion, following which the Shinde camp had written to Zirwal calling the move “invalid.”
Earlier on Thursday, rebel MLA Sanjay Shirsat penned a scathing letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray, alleging that he never met his own people but only coddled allies.
The 3-page letter, tweeted by rebel leader Eknath Shinde who called it the ‘voice of all MLAs’, also alleged humiliation by the ‘middlemen’ surrounding Thackeray.
Scenes from outside Matoshree on Wednesday night: