‘If you leave politics then an MLA…’, Shinde’s big message to Thackeray

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New Delhi: Hitting out at the then Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday announced that he would quit politics if even a single MLA who joined him loses the next assembly elections.

“I am sure all these 50 MLAs will win the election… If any one of them loses, I will resign from politics,” Shinde said while addressing a rally of one of his supporters MLA Abdul Sattar.

He reiterated that in the next state elections, his Shiv Sena and ally Bharatiya Janata Party would get 200 seats combined – or he would quit politics.

Referring to the recent dramatic uprising that led to the collapse of the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA, Shinde admitted that he was “worried” by its possible consequences.

“While all this was happening, initially there were some 30 MLAs, then 50 MLAs… they would all encourage and support me. But I was worried, in the back of my mind, I thought what would happen to them because they would have done their best. Political career was at stake with me.”

He said that when he had sleepless nights, his supporters – 40 Shiv Sena MLAs and 10 others – were ‘bindas’ (reckless) and motivated him to go ahead with his plans with their full support, he said. .

Since the rebellion that began quietly on June 20, the MLAs have traveled to Gujarat, then Assam and later Goa, before returning to Maharashtra after taking oath as CM on June 30, with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as deputy CM. in the form of.

Recalling how his group was labeled as dogs, pigs and zombies by various Shiv Sena leaders, Shinde refuted the allegations that any of the MLAs were “forcibly taken away” and said they were Hindutva leaders. And came together for the rebellion of the state. Development.

He said the MLAs were inspired by Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe, who always considered the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party as political enemies and felt “suffocated” under the two-and-a-half-year MVA tenure.