“Two of our people went there (Surat). Talks happened with Eknath Shinde. He is our old friend. Everyone knows why we left BJP and Eknath Shinde is also a witness to that,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on the political situation in Maharashtra.
At the centre of a political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde, who is camping in Surat with 29 MLAs of his party, said he will never “cheat for power” and abandon the teachings of Bal Thackeray. “We are staunch Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb who gave us lessons on Hindutva. We will never cheat for power and will never abandon the teachings of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe for power,” Eknath Shinde tweeted in Marathi, his first reaction on the ongoing political crisis triggered by him in the state. The late Dighe, a Shiv Sena stalwart from Thane, was the political mentor of Shinde. Shinde and 29 MLAs of the ruling Shiv Sena have gone incommunicado and are camping in Surat, a move putting a question mark on the stability of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation also comprising NCP and Congress.
According to the sources as many as 29 sitting Shivsena MLAs are accompanying Mr. Shinde who is staying put at the Le Meridien Hotel in Surat, Gujarat.