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Maharashtra Political Disaster: MVA slides into minority; right here’s how the numbers stand

Maharashtra Political Crisis: MVA slides into minority; here’s how the numbers stand

2022-06-22 18:11:56

Because the members of Shiv Sena insurgent, the way forward for the Maha Vikas Aghadi stays unsure. We take a look at the numbers ruling the political turmoil in Maharashtra.

Because the members of Shiv Sena insurgent, the way forward for the Maha Vikas Aghadi stays unsure. We take a look at the numbers ruling the political turmoil in Maharashtra.

The story thus far: In a jolt to the Maha Vikas Aghadi, senior Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde and 11 different MLAs revolted in opposition to the occasion on Monday night time and camped in Surat’s Le Meridian Resort. The variety of rebels has now inflated to 33 MLAs who’ve now shifted base to the Radisson Blu resort in Assam’s Guwahati.

Mr. Shinde’s rise up comes a day after BJP managed to win 5 of the ten seats up for grabs within the Maharashtra Legislative Council, displaying the assist of 134 MLAs together with 106 BJP MLAs, three every from Congress and Shiv Sena, and different impartial MLAs.

With this rise up, the decreased numbers are successfully

  • Shiv Sena: 22 MLAs, NCP: 51 MLAs (excluding jailed MLAs who could also be unable to vote), Congress: 44 MLAs. Whole MVA energy stands at 117 MLAs
  • BJP: 106 MLAs, NDA allies: 7 MLAs. Whole NDA energy stands at 113 MLAs

2019 election outcomes 

After the 2019 Maharashtra Meeting elections, the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) and the Shiv Sena, which fought collectively because the ‘Mahayuti’ alliance, gained a majority in opposition to the Nationalist Congress Occasion (NCP)-Congress ‘Maha Aghadi’ alliance.

  • BJP: 105 seats
  • Shiv Sena: 56 seats
  • NCP: 54 seats
  • Congress: 44 seats

With the souring of BJP-Shiv Sena ties, the Sena partnered with NCP and Congress to kind the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities – displaying a energy of 154 MLAs and passing the 144-seat midway mark. In subsequent bypolls, BJP has gained a seat whereas NCP has misplaced one. Sena MLA Ramesh Latke’s demise and the jailing of NCP MLAs Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik have decreased the 288-member Meeting to 285.

Maharashtra Assembly split

Maharashtra Meeting cut up
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Because the decreased energy of the Meeting now stands at 252 seats (285 MLAs- 33 Sena insurgent MLAs), the midway mark has now been decreased to 126 – pushing the MVA govt right into a minority. Even when the 33 Sena MLAs swap to the BJP, they should resign and contest in by-polls.

Formation of MVA govt

Within the 288-seat Meeting, the BJP-Shiv Sena collectively crossed the 144-seat midway mark with a 161-seat majority after the 2019 polls. Nevertheless, Shiv Sena insisted on a 50:50 formulation sharing the Chief Minister’s submit with BJP for two-and-a-half years every and an equal distribution of ministry portfolios. Denying that such a formulation was ever agreed upon previous to the polls, then-CM Devendra Fadnavis asserted that the ‘subsequent govt will probably be fashioned below a BJP CM.’ Furthermore, BJP additionally allegedly provided solely 13 cupboard portfolios to Sena whereas protecting 26 for its ministers, additional irking Sena management.

Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray are at a public meet in Aurangabad of Maharashtra on March 17, 2019

Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray are at a public meet in Aurangabad of Maharashtra on March 17, 2019

Then, Sena started coalition talks with NCP and Congress – agreeing on a standard minimal programme, cut up of ministry portfolios and selecting Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as CM. As Sharad Pawar introduced Thackeray because the joint CM candidate, his nephew Ajit Pawar rebelled.

Claiming the assist of all NCP MLAs, Ajit Pawar took oath because the deputy CM of Maharashtra together with Devendra Fadnavis as CM on November 23, 2019. With Sena, NCP and Congress securing their MLAs in accommodations, the three events moved the Supreme Court docket searching for a flooring take a look at of the brand new authorities. After the apex court docket ordered a flooring take a look at in three days with open poll voting, Ajit Pawar resigned and returned to the NCP fold. The three events fashioned the brand new authorities — the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities — ushering in Uddhav Thackeray’s first time period as CM.

Additionally learn | A recap of political occasions resulting in formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi

MVA infighting

For the reason that formation of the federal government, many Congress MLAs together with veterans Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan have expressed discontent with the occasion’s diminished position. They’ve brazenly claimed that Mr. Thackeray took selections unilaterally with out consulting together with his Congress M. Furthermore, Congress State chief Nana Patole has repeatedly asserted that the Congress will battle solo in 2024 for the Maharashtra Meeting elections.

 Congress MLA Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress MP, Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut durin ga  grand photo opportunity for 162 MLAs during the crisis regarding the formation of the Maharashtra government at The Hyatt in Mumbai on November 25, 2019

Congress MLA Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress MP, Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut durin ga grand picture alternative for 162 MLAs through the disaster concerning the formation of the Maharashtra authorities at The Hyatt in Mumbai on November 25, 2019
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Rajya Sabha & MLC election cross-voting

On June 10, bother within the MVA got here out on public show after BJP snatched 4 out of six seats in Maharashtra’s Rajya Sabha polls. Whereas Congress’ Imran Pratapgarhi, NCP’s Praful Patel, Sena’s Sanjay Raut, BJP’s Piyush Goyal and Anil Bonde gained their seats in accordance with occasion expectations, the battle raged between Sena’s Sanjay Pawar and BJP’s Dhananjay Mahadik for the sixth seat. With counting being halted for over eight hours following complaints about violation of guidelines by the MVA and BJP, the State Election Fee rejected the vote forged by Shiv Sena legislator Suhas Kande and barred jailed NCP MLAs from voting, resulting in Mr. Mahadik successful 33 votes in comparison with Mr.Pawar’s 27.

On June 20, the MVA confronted one other jolt when 12 Sena MLAs cross-voted in favour of BJP’s candidate within the Legislative Councill polls permitting the saffron occasion to win virtually 21 votes greater than its precise assist of 113 MLAs. Out of 10 seats, BJP’s Pravin Darekar, Shrikant Bharatiya, Uma Khapre, Ram Shinde and Prasad Lad managed to win 5 MLC seats together with NCP’s Eknath Khadse, Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar; Shiv Sena’s Sachin Ahir and Amshya Padvi and Congress’ Bhai Jagtap. BJP’s further seat was because of Congress’ Chandrakant Handore failing to win within the second spherical regardless of Congress having 44 seats in its kitty.

Shinde’s rise up

After Monday’s cross-voting, because the MVA events started an introspection course of, senior Sena minister Eknath Shinde together with 11 MLAs flew to Gujarat’s Surat. Tenting on the Le Meridian Resort, the insurgent MLAs urged Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to resume ties with BJP – complaining in opposition to the model of functioning of the NCP and Congress. As per sources, Sena MLAs and three Unbiased MLAs have now moved to Assam’s Guwahati after talks between Shinde and Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Phatak — despatched by Mr. Thackeray — did not thwart the rise up.

Thane: Policemen stand guard outside the residence of Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, amid speculations of him joining BJP along with other Shiv Sena MLAs, in Thane, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Thane: Policemen stand guard exterior the residence of Shiv Sena chief Eknath Shinde, amid speculations of him becoming a member of BJP together with different Shiv Sena MLAs, in Thane, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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Sena has now housed its remaining MLAs in several accommodations in Mumbai to keep away from additional defection whereas its companions NCP and Congress have acknowledged that the rise up was Sena’s inside problem – asserting that every one of their MLAs are with them. Whereas BJP initially acknowledged that it had no hand in Shinde’s rise up, it’s now reportedly exploring the potential of staking a declare for presidency formation.  

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