CM's Inaccessibility, Stopping MLAs From Visiting Ayodhya: Shinde's Letter Bomb On Thackeray

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Eknath Shinde also questioned Sena's stand on "Hindutva and Ram Mandir", saying party MLAs were stopped from visiting Ayodhya during Aaditya Thackeray's visit to the temple town.

By Aalok Sensharma
Updated: Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:15 PM IST
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CM's Inaccessibility, Stopping MLAs From Visiting Ayodhya: Shinde's Letter Bomb On Thackeray

As the ongoing political impasse in Maharashtra continues to keep the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government on its toes, rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde dropped another bombshell at Uddhav Thackeray and claimed that the Chief Minister remained inaccessible for party lawmakers.

Sharing a letter of a rebel leader on Twitter with the caption "this is the sentiment of MLAs", Shinde also questioned Sena's stand on "Hindutva and Ram Mandir", saying party MLAs were stopped from visiting Ayodhya during Aaditya Thackeray's visit to the temple town.

"Despite having a Shiv Sena CM in the state the party MLAs didn't use to get the opportunity to visit Varsha Bungalow (CM's residence). People around the CM used to decide if we can meet him or not. We felt we were insulted," the letter read.

"While we weren't able to meet the CM, people from our 'real opposition' -- the Congress and the NCP -- used to get opportunities to meet him and even funds were given to them related to work in their constituencies," it added.

Shinde's response comes a day after Thackeray, in an emotional address, said he is ready to resign from the post of Chief Minister if the party MLAs want him to do so. However, 61-year-old Thackeray appealed to the rebel MLAs to return to Mumbai, adding that he will also leave the post of Shiv Sena chief.

"I am ready to give my resignation to the MLAs, they should come here and take my resignation to Raj Bhavan. I am ready to leave the post of Shiv Sena party head also, not on the saying of others but my workers," Thackeray said.

Shinde is legislative party chief

Earlier in the day, rebel Shiv Sena MLAs wrote a letter to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and passed a resolution that Shinde continues to be the legislative party chief. Shinde was removed by the Sena as the party's legislative party leader after his rebellion.

In their resolution, the rebel MLAs said the party's ideology has been compromised in the past couple of years. They also expressed their dissatisfaction with "corruption in government," referring to Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik, who are currently in jail.

"Apart from the above reasons, our party cadre faced tremendous harassment and distress on political as well as personal grounds from the Opposition Ideological Parties, who are now a part of the Government and were using their office and power to undermine the base and foundation of the our Shiv Sena cadre," the letter reads.

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