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Goa: Shiv Sena rebels to hold meeting to decide way ahead after Uddhav Thackeray's resignation

A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on June 29 at night from Guwahati

June 30, 2022 / 10:34 AM IST
Eknath Shinde Shiv Sena rebel

Eknath Shinde Shiv Sena rebel

Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by senior leader Eknath Shinde, who are currently camping in Goa, will hold a meeting on June 30 to decide the way forward as they are likely to support the BJP to form the next government in Maharashtra following the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.

A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on June 29 at night from Guwahati. They are staying in a luxury hotel at Dona Paula.

"We will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide our future course of action," Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson of the rebel group, told a television channel.

"Whether to leave on Thursday or Friday is yet to be decided," said Kesarkar.

When asked about the Supreme Court verdict on June 29, in which it refused to stay Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari’s direction to the Uddhav Thackeray-led government to take a floor test in the Assembly, Kesarkar said there was nothing to feel happy about it as the NCP and Congress made Sena people fight among themselves.

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"We had tried to avoid it [rebellion], but it could not be avoided,” he added.

Reacting to Thackeray’s resignation, Kesarkar said that Sena MLAs had urged him to pull out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) even yesterday, but he preferred to approach the Supreme Court.

(With PTI inputs)
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first published: Jun 30, 2022 10:28 am
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