Maharashtra, is witnessing high political drama that has put the fate of its government in jeopardy.
Around 35 MLAs – led by an influential state minister, Eknath Shinde – are holed up in a hotel in Guwahati city in the north-eastern state of Assam, thousands of kilometres away from Maharashtra.
They belong to the Shiv Sena party, which is currently governing Maharashtra as part of a coalition with the Congress party and the regional Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Ekanath Shinde – who has been part of the Shiv Sena for decades – claims that he is acting in the interests of his party. But his rebellion has brought the state’s government to the brink of collapse.
On Wednesday night, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray – who also heads the Shiv Sena – left his official residence after delivering an emotional speech urging the rebel lawmakers to return and speak to him.
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde release video in a show of strength.42 rebel MLAs from Maharashtra – 35 from Shiv Sena and 7.
In a fresh video from Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati, rebel Maharashtra MLAs – including Eknath Shinde – sit together.