Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde arrive in Assam

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A group of rebel Maharshtra MLAs, led by dissident Shiv Sena dissident leader Eknath Shinde, arrived on Wednesday morning and were taken to a luxury hotel on the outskirts of the city amid tight security.

A chartered flight carrying Shiv Sena MLAs, who have rebelled against the party bringing a crisis to the MVA government in Maharashtra, arrived early Wednesday.

Sources said that the flight from Surat in Gujarat landed at Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport at around 6.30 am.

Speaking to reporters outside Guwahati airport, Shinde said, “Here 40 MLAs are with me. Additional 10 MLAs will join me soon. I do not want to criticise anyone. We are keen on continuing the Sena founded by late Balasaheb Thackeray”, he said.

The MLAs were received at the airport by BJP MPs Pallab Lochan Das and Sushanta Borgohain.

The Maharashtra MLAs are being taken in special buses to a city hotel with police protection.

Assam is currently ruled by a BJP-led government.

The move came after Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde rebelled against the party and herded some MLAs to BJP-ruled Gujarat.

Top leadership of Assam BJP and the state government are believed to have been making arrangements for the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs’ accommodation in Guwahati.

This is perhaps for the first time that MLAs from a Western Indian state are being taken to a Northeastern state after their rebellion against the party leadership.

The Shiv Sena, which heads the MVA, has 55 MLAs, followed by allies NCP (53) and the Congress (44) in the 288-assembly where the current simple majority mark is 144.

 

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