Despite only 13 MLAs at a key meeting convened by Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut said they are in touch with at least 21 rebel MLAs.
Mumbai: We will consider quitting the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition if the MLAs come back from Guwahati and talk to us, said Shiv Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut while talking to the media on Thursday.
“MLAs should not communicate from Guwahati, they should come back to Mumbai and discuss all this with the Chief Minister. We are ready to consider exiting out of MVA if this is the will of all the MLAs but for that, they have to come here and discuss it with the Chief Minister,” said Raut.
Shiv Sena MLA Kailash Patil, who spoke to the media, said, “We were trapped and taken to Surat, I walked a kilometre to run away from there. We will not ditch Shiv Sena which has made us MLA.” Patil is the first MLA to come out in support of the Shiv Sena narrative of BJP “abducting” its MLAs for political gains.
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Meanwhile, despite only 13 MLAs turning up at a key meeting convened by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said they are in touch with at least 21 rebel MLAs who are camping at a hotel in Guwahati and all of them will return. He also said Thackeray will return to Varsha Bungalow soon.
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said the BJP has become blind to people’s pain. “Today BJP has become blind to the pain of people of northeast suffering from floods. They’ve become blind and are only interested in their lust for power and the PM is either busy campaigning for Gujarat elections or trying to destabilise the government in Maharashtra.”
He added, “This is cold-hearted, this is brutal, this is insensitive and never before have we seen that at a time when people do not even have access to drinking water, the government is diverting government resources for its own political ambitions.”