Eknath Shinde EXCLUSIVE: ‘No proposal from BJP yet; There is support of 40 Shiv Sena, 12 independent MLAs.

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Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray during an event in Mumbai.

Eknath Shinde Special: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has claimed that 40 party MLAs and 12 independent MLAs are camping with him at a hotel in Guwahati. In a special conversation with India TV on Friday morning, Shinde also said that he has not yet received any proposal from the BJP to form the government.

“40 Shiv Sena and 12 independents… that is the strength here,” he told India TV over phone from Guwahati.

The strong Shiv Sena leader further said that the disqualification notice by the party before the deputy speaker was illegal.

“The disqualification notice given by the Shiv Sena to the deputy speaker is wrong… The person who issued the whip is wrong. They are a minority and have no right to file a petition. We have the majority. This is an illegal activity,” he said. Told.

The politician with political clout in Thane also categorically dismissed the deputy speaker’s concerns over authentication of signatures in a letter sent by his camp yesterday in which the rebel MLAs had declared Shinde as their leader.

Earlier this week, Shiv Sena replaced Shinde with Ajay Chaudhary as the leader of the legislature party. Ajay on Thursday evening handed over the disqualification notice of 12 MLAs to the Deputy Speaker.

When Shinde was asked whether he had received any offer from the BJP, he replied: “…has not received any offer from the BJP.”

Shinde’s rebellion and several Shiv Sena MLAs have put the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra in jeopardy. MVA is an alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

A day after the Shiv Sena-led alliance suffered a setback in the MLC elections, Shinde and the rebel MLAs initially went to a hotel in Surat in neighboring Gujarat state. After this, the rebel MLAs went to Guwahati in BJP-ruled Assam on a charter flight.

Shinde has been demanding Uddhav to come out of an unnatural alliance and rejoin the BJP to form a stable government. Notably, the Shiv Sena had quit the BJP-led alliance in 2019 (even though the alliance secured a comfortable majority in the 288-member House) soon after the assembly election results were announced, and the then arch-rivals NCP and the Congress Gave.

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