Pawar steps in as Sena crisis threatens to topple MVA govt | Latest News India

Rebel leader Eknath Shinde has mobilized the strength needed to divide the Shiv Sena, and as it became clear on Thursday that the days of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government could be counted, the coalition architect, Martial-Sharad Pawar, set out to make his move.

Pawar’s abnormality became clear when Vice President Narahari Zirwal took action. Jirwal, who hails from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), first accepted the Shiv Sena’s proposal to appoint Ajay Chaudhary as the party’s leader in the assembly. This was crucial because the group leader would appoint a whip and effectively determine how lawmakers would behave on the floor of the House.

Thereafter a telephone conversation took place between Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray, and within two hours, Jirwal accepted the Shiv Sena’s offer to disqualify its 12 rebel MLAs, including Shinde.

Throughout the day, Pawar held a series of meetings with his party seniors, then came out in full force to support NCP leaders Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil Uddhav.

In his later press conference, Sharad Pawar quickly dispelled any speculation about the disagreement in the MVA rankings stemming from Sanjay Raut’s statement that the party may consider leaving the coalition.

Pawar insisted that the matter would be decided only on the floor of the house by putting pressure on the rebels hiding in Guwahati. He said efforts to keep the broken lawmakers in Guwahati would not be of much benefit. “They should come to Mumbai and present themselves in the assembly,” he said.

“I have seen similar situations in the past. Pawar was more direct in his message to rebel lawmakers, as Thackeray sounded more sympathetic to his party on Wednesday.

“All previous experiences show that it is rare for military rebels to win elections after defeats. He warned that “except for one person, all those who left the Shiv Sena with Chhagan Bhujbal have not won re-election.”

NCP insiders have added that their bosses are handling all the legal help that now seems inevitable.


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