Amid the Maharashtra political crisis, NCP state president Jayant Patil on Thursday said that there was no need to jump to any conclusions and that he had high hopes that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would be able to bring back all the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs to the fold.
Patil said that if any of the MLAs would have a word with Uddhav Thackeray they would return to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance.
“Number (of MLAs) is taken away to Guwahati and is not in Maharahstra. But I’m sure that if any of the MLAs come back to Maharashtra and have an interaction with Uddhav Thackeray, they will take this government further. So, I don’t think there is any need to jump to any conclusions,” he said.
Expressing faith in the Maharashtra CM, he added, “It is Shiv Sena who has to bring back their MLAs. I’m sure Uddhav Thackeray will bring them back.”
Jayant Patil also said that NCP president Sharad Pawar has instructed them to support Uddhav Thackeray to save the government.
Responding to a question on unfair treatment being meted out to Shiv Sena MLAs in the MVA regime, Patil said, “All the Sena MLAs have received 25 crores rupees each in their constituencies which is quite a big amount.”
“NCP MLAs have not received that amount comparatively. For example, I have not received more than Rs 10 to 15 crores. It depends on how you follow up the work. If the work is on track, amount crunch should not be the issue.”
He also went on to add that, “The main problem is something else which is hidden.”
MAHARASHTRA POLITICAL CRISIS
The current political crisis was triggered by minister Eknath Shinde, who, along with several MLAs, went incommunicado after the MLC poll results. The rebel MLAs led by Shinde reached a hotel in Surat late Monday night, hours after the polls, which saw the BJP win a fifth seat despite not having enough numbers in the Assembly. Some Shiv Sena and Congress MLAs reportedly voted in favour of BJP candidates.
The Sena-led coalition, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), also comprising the NCP and the Congress, is putting up a brave front by claiming the rebels will return.
The total strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 287 and the majority, in the event of a trust vote, is 144. The ruling coalition of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress has 169 seats. If the MLAs led by Shinde do resign, then the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) strength will fall below the majority mark, leading to a possible collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.
Since the ‘rebellion’, Shinde has been removed from the post of legislative party leader and the rebel MLAs are currently camping at a hotel in Guwahati.