Maha: Congress ministers Thorat and Chavan meet CM Thackeray amid political crisis
Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra’s ruling alliance sparked by the rebellion of Shiv Sena strongman Eknath Shinde, the leaders of the Congress of Voters of MVA and NCP met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray here Tuesday evening to take stock of the situation.
Cabinet Ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Congressman Ashok Chavan met Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, at his official ‘Varsha’ residence in South Mumbai, where the state’s NCP Chairman and Minister Jayant Patil was staying also present.
All eyes are on NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar, the chief architect of the Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition, Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), who is likely to arrive in Mumbai soon from New Delhi, where he called a crucial opposition meeting earlier in the day. parties to decide on a common candidate for the presidential elections next month.
At the meeting, several major opposition parties including Congress, NCP and TMC chose former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha as their presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, AICC secretary in charge of Maharashra HK Patil held individual talks with each of the party’s 44 MPs.
A congressional leader said Patil discussed the political situation in the state with deputies.
The Congress, a key component of the MVA, suffered a shock defeat when its candidate Chandrakant Handore lost the State Legislative Council election on Monday. The opposition BJP has had its fifth candidate elected to the Upper House of the State Legislature despite the lack of numbers in the Assembly.
Party leader Naseem Khan said Handore received a quota of 29 votes, while the same was 15 for Bhai Jagtap, the Congress candidate who emerged victorious.
Still, Handore was defeated, while Jagtap gave up, he said.
Shinde, a cabinet minister holding the urban development portfolio, rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership and landed in a hotel in Surat on Tuesday with a group of party MPs, plunging the two-year-old MVA government and demi, in a fit. PTI MR RSY RSY
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