Shiv Sena Calls Shinde A ‘Traitor’, Slams BJP In Its Mouthpiece

Maharashtra crisis: Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde has claimed the support of over 46 MLAs, but denied that he has any plan to switch parties.

Mumbai: As the Shiv Sena afces a problem in Maharashtra, with several of its MLAs camped in Guwahati under the leadership of state minister Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai-based party launched a fierce attack on the BJP.

The party claimed in an editorial in its mouthpiece “Saamana” that the developments were a BJP plot to destabilise the three-party coalition government led by Uddhav Thackeray and that such attempts will fail.

The Sena further referred to Mr. Shinde as a “traitor” and said that the MLA fled out of fear for the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED). The BJP-run Central Government is frequently accused by opposition parties of conducting a witch hunt against their MLAs.

The rebel minister, Mr. Shinde, has stated that he has the support of over 46 MLAs but has refuted any plans to change parties.

Along with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Sharad Pawar and the Congress, the Sena is a significant member of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.

Mr Shinde and other MLAs were moved to Guwahati earlier this morning from Surat in Gujarat. Sources said the rebel Sena leader has demanded the party to restore its alliance with the BJP.

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