Eknath Shinde Has Support Of 34 MLAs, Needs 7 More To Split

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s crisis escalated vastly today as 34 MLAs wrote to the Governor backing Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde.

The MLAs, who are in Guwahati, wrote to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that Eknath Shinde would remain the legislative party leader of the Shiv Sena, a day after party chief Uddhav Thackeray sacked him.

The letter asserted that Bharat Gogavle from the rebel group has been appointed as Chief Whip of the party and they are “still with Shiv Sena”, hinting at a fight over which is the real Sena.

The rebels said the new appointment “cancels” Uddhav Thackeray’s nominee Sunil Prabhu as chief whip.

The MLAs wrote the same letter to the Deputy speaker of Maharashtra assembly, and listed reasons for their revolt.

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