The epicentre of the MVA crisis shifted to Guwahati early on Wednesday with 34 rebel Shiv Sena legislators, flown in from Surat, passing a resolution backing Eknath Shinde’s leadership and saying severing ties with BJP after the 2019 polls “had a tremendous negative impact upon voters and the party cadre at large”.
Shinde and his band were received by two Assam BJP ministers at their hotel. A few hours later, five more Maharashtra MLAs joined Shinde. “Right now, we have 46 MLAs with us here, including seven Independent MLAs. The rest 39 are from Shiv Sena,” Shinde said.
“Shiv Sena and BJP had forged a pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Maharashtra polls … After the results, Sena severed ties with BJP and formed an alliance with the opposing parties,” the resolution says.
They MLAs also resolved that “there has been great dissatisfaction prevalent amongst the members of our party and party cadre at large, on account of corruption in the government, administration regarding police posting, corruption by then home minister Anil Deshmukh and sitting minority minister Nawab Malik… Our party cadre faced tremendous harassment and distress on political as well as personal grounds from the Opposition ideological parties, who are now part of the government”.
Shinde and his team were received at the Guwahati airport by a BJP MP and an MLA. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the hotel, which has been turned into a heavily fortified area, and left before the rebels arrived.

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