Mumbai: The political turmoil that has rocked the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray is taking a new twist every moment. Now that Thackeray has offered to quit and left the chief minister’s house, Shiv Sena MP and chief spokesperson of the party Sanjay Raut on Thursday made another attempt to defuse tension. He said that the party was ready to walk out of the MVA if the rebels were ready to return to Mumbai within 24 hours and hold discussions.
He urged the rebels to stop communicating on social media or writing letters, sitting in Assam and show their guts like true Shiv Sainiks by holding face-to-face discussion with the Chief Minister in Mumbai. Raut said, “Come here within 24 hours. Sit before Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saheb and present your viewpoint to him. We shall definitely consider them.”
State president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and a minister Jayant Patil said Raut must have made the statement after consulting the party leaders, but his colleague Chhagan Bhujbal said the Sena MP should have discussed it with MVA leaders before going public. Congress state president Nana Patole has said his party is with the MVA and will support the chief minister till the very end in all his efforts to save the government. Nonetheless, if the situation arises, the party will sit in opposition, Patole said. Meanwhile, a senior leader of the NCP Praful Patel and leader of opposition of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the MVA government is ‘stable’ and there was no threat to the alliance.
“The BJP is playing all these games, trying to break the MVA. It would not have been possible for so many (Sena) MLAs to make a flight to Gujarat and then to Assam without the support of BJP,” said Kharge.
Sources said that there was resentment among the Shiv Sainiks against the rebels after Uddhav Thackeray’s offer to quit and hold discussions with those who left for Assam. Shiv Sainiks said that they were not happy about the way the rebels acted. If they had any problem, they should have discussed it with the chief minister, also a Shiv Sainik.