MUMBAI: The Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray appeared to be on the brink as the day drew to a close. Shiv Sena’s rebel faction led by urban development minister Eknath Shinde may well command the support of the bulk of the party’s MLAs.
The faction refused to relent even as Thackeray made an emotional appeal to the rebels in a Facebook live address, offering to “resign in a minute” even if one of them asked him to do so and saying he would be happy if a Shiv Sainik became CM.
While Shinde claimed the support of over 40 MLAs, the faction led by him submitted a letter signed by 34 MLAs to
Governor BS Koshyari, reinstating him as leader of Shiv Sena in the legislature, a post from which he was sacked on Tuesday. While two of the 34 MLAs —Nitin Deshmukh and Kailash Patil — returned to Thackeray’s fold, two other Sena MLAs, Yogesh Kadam and Gopal Dalvi, and two independents, Chandrakant Patil and Manjula Gavit, reached Surat on Wednesday morning and left for Guwahati in a chartered flight. State water supply minister Gulabarao Patil of Sena also joined the rebels in Guwahati.

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