Maharashtra Government Formation Live Updates: Uddhav MLAs Sent Notice For Whip Violation; Thackeray challenges CM Shinde, BJP in mid-term polls


In the whip issued by Gogavale, all Shiv Sena MLAs were asked to vote for Eknath Shinde in the trust vote. On Sunday, a day before the floor test, Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narvekar recognized Gogavale as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena. It is true that we have issued whip violation notices to Shiv Sena MLAs who did not vote for CM Shinde.

However, we have removed Aditya’s name from it out of respect. He said that all the MLAs of Shiv Sena, including the Uddhav Thackeray camp, have worked together for a long time with Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray. “We respect him. But he should have addressed our concerns.”

Before the rebellion in the 288-member assembly, the Shiv Sena had 55 MLAs, whose current strength is 287, due to the death of one Shiv Sena MLA. In the trust vote, 164 MLAs voted for the confidence motion, while 99 voted against it.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray on Monday evening gathered Shiv Sena MLAs at the party’s office in Mumbai and challenged the new government led by Eknath Shinde for mid-term polls. This came hours after the Team Shinde-BJP alliance proved a comfortable majority as some more Shiv Sena MLAs joined the new government.

“This is a BJP ploy to eliminate Shiv Sena; I challenge him to hold mid-term elections in the state. Instead of playing all these games, we will go to the people’s court,” Thackeray said in a statement. “If we are wrong, the people of the kingdom will send us home; And if you (BJP and Shinde group) are wrong then people will send you home.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday asked his party to be ready for mid-term polls, predicting that the new government will not run until 2024, when the next assembly elections are due.

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