Uddhav Thackeray: Elections could occur “at any time”; after Sanjay Raut predicted the collapse of the government
The former chief minister of Maharashtra was speaking at a rally in the Jalgaon district of the state.
Uddhav Thackeray’s statement
Uddhav Thackeray, a former chief minister of Maharashtra, said that his party is ready for elections that could “happen at any time” in the state. The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut had earlier stated that the current Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde would fall within the “next 15–20 days” when he made this statement.
Thackeray’s prediction about elections
“Elections can occur at any time, even now, and we are ready. We anticipate receiving a favorable decision from the Supreme Court in this case. After that, anything could occur at any time,” Thackeray said in his speech to a crowd in the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra.
Thackeray questioned the BJP about leadership
He further requested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to clarify whether elections will be held next year with CM Shinde in office, despite the state BJP chief’s confirmation that the Shinde-faction will only receive 48 seats out of a total of 288. “Shinde’s party will only receive 48 seats (out of the total 288), according to state BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Will the BJP run candidates for only 48 seats in the leadership contest?” he questioned.
Glimpses of the Past
Thackeray was removed from his position as chief minister last year after a group of rebel leaders from the former Shiv Sena, led by Eknath Shinde, teamed up with the BJP to form a coalition government in the state, overthrowing the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
A petition over the original Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena’s Thackeray-led faction filed a case with the Supreme Court earlier this year as the division between the two sides grew. The Shinde-faction was recognized by the Election Commission of India (ECI) as the true Shiv Sena, and they were given the election symbol of a “bow and arrow” after the ECI tried to give both groups new names and symbols.
Thackeray about traitors
About CM Shinde and other rebel leaders, Thackeray declared that his group and its supporters would make sure that the “traitors” were politically put out of their misery. “We will ensure that you are done. The stain that was left behind by the treachery has been removed from the state. Maharashtra is the home of courageous people, not traitors,” he declared.
Rumors in Maharashtra Politics
There are many rumors that the state’s party coalitions will change. Ajit Pawar, the leader of the National Congress Party, is widely expected to defect from the MVA and join the BJP soon. Sharad Pawar, the party’s leader, insisted earlier that no such conversations took place within the party. The Shiv Sena (UBT) and Congress are the other two members of the tripartite alliance that makes up the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), of which the NCP makes up one-third.