Maharashtra Congress head Nana Patole said Tuesday there was no threat to Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) government and his party leaders would discuss current political developments in the state at a meeting in Mumbai.
Mr Patole’s comments came in the wake of Maharashtra’s minister Eknath Shinde, along with some Sena MLAs who apparently camped in the Surat city of Gujarat, a day after the Sena-led MVA, which also includes the NCP and Congress included, suffered a setback in the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls by losing one of the six seats it contested.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress each had nominated two candidates for 10 seats, but Congress Dalit leader Chandrakant Handore lost the poll. The BJP won all five seats it contested.
Speaking to reporters in Nagpur on Tuesday about the political ‘crisis’ in Maharashtra, Mr Patole claimed it was part of the BJP’s politics in the country.
“The BJP is abusing the power it has in the Center, which is now hidden from anyone. There is a money-power circle going on. They follow the path of lies, but the truth will win. This phase will pass,” it said. Congress. leader said.
Patole also said the leaders of the state congress will meet in Mumbai later in the day, where “we will take a position on what is happening”.
He also claimed that there was no threat to the MVA government and claimed that gaining the majority (in the 288-member Assembly) was a distant dream for the BJP.
When asked about Congressional MLAs voted in Monday’s MLC elections, Mr. Patole said, “It has been crossed, we will investigate and pass it on to the high command.”
Meanwhile, senior congressional leader and former chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan declined to comment on Minister of State Eknath Shinde who went incommunicado and camped in a hotel in Gujarat with some Sena MLAs. However, he said the congressional candidate’s defeat in the Legislative Council polls on Monday was a cause for concern.
“I will not speak about developments in the Shiv Sena. Congress is meeting to discuss the results of the Council poll in which a Dalit party has lost face. This is very wrong message. We need to discuss what what went wrong, how many MLAs have crossed and where have the votes gone,” Chavan told reporters in Mumbai ahead of the Congress Legislature Party meeting.
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