Shiv Sena chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had become very emotional before going live on Facebook on Wednesday. “It simply came to our notice then. At the same time, many, including senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai, had made it clear that the battle was not over. That is why it was more than half an hour late for the Chief Minister to make Facebook live. Later, NCP president Sharad Pawar and leader Supriya Sule met him in person, while Congress leader Kamal Nath telephoned Thackeray and told him not to lay down arms before fighting this battle. No matter what happens, the Chief Minister will not resign. In any case, he is determined to face a no-confidence motion in the Assembly. Even though Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut has taken different roles in the media during the day, the role of struggle is strong, ‘said a senior Shiv Sena source.
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Many seniors in the Shiv Sena are of the opinion that the battle in the Vidhan Sabha is technically easy for the Shiv Sena. Shinde will first have to get his group approved by the Speaker. As there is no president, Narhari Jirwal, who is the president-in-charge, on Wednesday clarified that in his view, Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu is the leader of the party. Therefore, Shinde will have to go to the High Court for this battle.
Even if Shinde counts the number of MLAs who support him before the governor, he can call a special session and order the chief minister to prove his vote of confidence. In that case, there is a difference of opinion as to whether the MLAs from Shinde’s group could be prosecuted under the secession law if they voted against the government. According to some, Shinde’s group rejected the protg’s order, but their numbers do not threaten to take action; According to the Speaker, if Sunil Prabhu remains the protagonist, then his order will be binding on all MLAs. Therefore, if they vote against the government, it may be time for these MLAs to lose their posts, experts say. Therefore, this drama will not end so soon and everyone will have to do the exercise of keeping the MLAs on their side for that long.
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BJP’s cautious steps
The BJP has adopted a policy of not interfering directly in Shinde’s group unless it is technically clear. Even though the BJP is doing all it can to help Shinde behind the scenes, no BJP leader is ready to come forward. The BJP is in the mood to blow the whistle on Ajit Pawar’s time.