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Shiv Sena’s rebels are likely to be part of Shinde’s cabinet; The Uddhav faction prepares for a new battle – The New Indian Express

By PTI

MUMBAI: Rebellious Shiv Sena MPs who had served as ministers in the former Uddhav Thackeray-led government are set to be inducted into the Eknath Shinde-led cabinet on Tuesday.

Names of former ministers Uday Samant, Sandipan Bhumre, Dada Bhuse, Gulabrao Patil and Shambhuraj Desai circle probables in rebel camp as long-awaited cabinet expansion finally happens on Tuesday, nearly 40 days after Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively.

Omprakash Kadu of Prahar Janshakti Paksha, a former minister who backed Shinde during the rebellion could also find a place in the new cabinet.

MPs from the Shinde faction said they would meet at the state government‘s Sahyadri Guest House on Tuesday morning.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Raj Bhavan.

“We haven’t received any communication from the chief minister so far. We will have more clarity on this at tomorrow’s meeting,” a rebel MP in Thackeray’s cabinet said.

Of Shiv Sena’s 55 MPs, 40 aligned themselves with Shinde.

The revolt led to the collapse of the Thackeray-led government in June.

Shinde was sworn in as CM on June 30 along with Fadnavis, who was sworn in as Deputy CM.

A dozen ministers will be sworn in at Tuesday’s ceremony in Raj Bhavan, south Mumbai, at 11 a.m., a close aide to Shinde said.

The chief minister told reporters in Nanded on Monday night that the names of MPs who will be sworn in as ministers will be finalized by Monday night or Tuesday.

Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appointed the MLC party Ambadas Danve as leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council of Maharashtra.

In a letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Council, Thackeray said the party MLCs had authorized him to nominate a candidate for LoP at a July 9 meeting.

Danve hails from Aurangabad, a district which has four rebel Sena MPs.

Last month, a delegation of Shiv Sena MLCs Manisha Kayande, Sachin Ahir, Ambadas Danve, Vilas Potnis and Sunil Shinde met with Legislative Council Deputy Speaker Neelam Gorhe and submitted a letter regarding the LoP and the Chief Whip.

As of July 8, the 78-member Maharashtra Legislative Council has 24 members from the BJP, 12 from the Shiv Sena and 10 from the Congress and NCP.

Lok Bharti, Peasants and Workers of India and Rashtriya Samaj Paksh each have one member.

There are four independents, while 15 seats in the Legislative Council are vacant.

If Danve becomes the Leader of the Opposition, it will be a rare case where the Chief Minister and the Legislative Council LoP are from the same party but different factions.

Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party is the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

Thackeray has not officially resigned as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council even after 40 days when he announced the move while stepping down as Chief Minister.

A senior Maharashtra official Vidhan Bhavan said on Monday that technically Uddhav Thackeray is still an MLC as he has not submitted a written resignation.

“He has not yet officially resigned as a member of the Legislative Council. His resignation as Chief Minister of Maharashtra has been approved by Governor BS Koshyari but we have not received any written communication from him regarding his membership. in the upper house of the state legislature,” the official said.

Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Speaker and Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe declined to comment.

The Shiv Sena has offered no explanation as to why Thackeray has yet to officially step down as MLC after announcing his decision on the night of June 29.

Thackeray’s son Aaditya is an MLA for Mumbai.

When Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister in November 2019 after the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), he was not a member of any of the chambers of the state legislature.

He was elected MLC on May 18, 2020, with a six-year term.

Thackeray announced his resignation as CM of Maharashtra on the night of June 29 after the Supreme Court refused to suspend a ground test made necessary after 39 of Shiv Sena’s 55 MPs aligned themselves with rebel Eknath Shinde.

Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30 along with Devendra Fadnavis of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who is Deputy CM.

MUMBAI: Rebellious Shiv Sena MPs who had served as ministers in the former Uddhav Thackeray-led government are set to be inducted into the Eknath Shinde-led cabinet on Tuesday. Names of former ministers Uday Samant, Sandipan Bhumre, Dada Bhuse, Gulabrao Patil and Shambhuraj Desai circle probables in rebel camp as long-awaited cabinet expansion finally happens on Tuesday, nearly 40 days after Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively. Omprakash Kadu of Prahar Janshakti Paksha, a former minister who backed Shinde during the rebellion could also find a place in the new cabinet. MPs from the Shinde faction said they would meet at the state government’s Sahyadri Guest House on Tuesday morning. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Raj Bhavan. “We haven’t received any communication from the chief minister so far. We will have more clarity on this at tomorrow’s meeting,” a rebel MP in Thackeray’s cabinet said. Of Shiv Sena’s 55 MPs, 40 aligned themselves with Shinde. The revolt led to the collapse of the Thackeray-led government in June. Shinde was sworn in as CM on June 30 along with Fadnavis, who was sworn in as Deputy CM. A dozen ministers will be sworn in at Tuesday’s ceremony in Raj Bhavan, south Mumbai, at 11 a.m., a close aide to Shinde said. The chief minister told reporters in Nanded on Monday night that the names of MPs who will be sworn in as ministers will be finalized by Monday night or Tuesday. Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appointed the MLC party Ambadas Danve as leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council of Maharashtra. In a letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Council, Thackeray said the party’s MLCs had authorized him to nominate a candidate for LoP at a July 9 meeting. Danve hails from Aurangabad, a district which has four rebel Sena MPs. Last month, a delegation of Shiv Sena MLCs Manisha Kayande, Sachin Ahir, Ambadas Danve, Vilas Potnis and Sunil Shinde met with Legislative Council Deputy Speaker Neelam Gorhe and submitted a letter regarding the LoP and the Chief Whip. As of July 8, the 78-member Maharashtra Legislative Council has 24 members from the BJP, 12 from the Shiv Sena and 10 from the Congress and NCP. Lok Bharti, Peasants and Workers of India and Rashtriya Samaj Paksh each have one member. There are four independents, while 15 seats in the Legislative Council are vacant. If Danve becomes the Leader of the Opposition, it will be a rare case where the Chief Minister and the Legislative Council LoP are from the same party but different factions. Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party is the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. Thackeray has not officially resigned as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council even after 40 days when he announced the move while stepping down as Chief Minister. A senior Maharashtra official Vidhan Bhavan said on Monday that technically Uddhav Thackeray is still an MLC as he has not submitted a written resignation. “He has not yet officially resigned as a member of the Legislative Council. His resignation as Chief Minister of Maharashtra has been approved by Governor BS Koshyari but we have not received any written communication from him regarding his membership. in the upper house of the state legislature,” the official said. Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Speaker and Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe declined to comment. The Shiv Sena has offered no explanation as to why Thackeray has yet to officially step down as MLC after announcing his decision on the night of June 29. Thackeray’s son Aaditya is an MP from Mumbai. When Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister in November 2019 after the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), he was not a member of any of the chambers of the state legislature. He was elected MLC on May 18, 2020, with a six-year term. Thackeray announced his resignation as CM of Maharashtra on the night of June 29 after the Supreme Court refused to suspend a ground test made necessary after 39 of Shiv Sena’s 55 MPs aligned themselves with rebel Eknath Shinde. Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30 along with Devendra Fadnavis of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who is Deputy CM.