Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray should also come to Assam for a vacation.
“I invite all the MLAs of the country to come to Assam,” he said.
He further said, “If the rebel MLAs stay in Assam for more days, then it is a good thing for me. I invite everyone. I also invite CM Uddhav Thackeray to come to Assam for vacation.” (sic)
#WATCH “…He (Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray) should also come to Assam for vacation,” says Assam CM & BJP leader Himanata Biswa Sarma, in Delhi pic.twitter.com/vqtS5F6Jcr
— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2022
When asked about the opposition’s jibe related to violation of federal structure, he told ANI, “How is this a federal structure if I close the hotels when people come here?
“If people come to Assam and I shut down all the hotels, how is this a federal structure?”, he asked.
Assam CM stepped into the ongoing Maharashtra crisis on Wednesday when he visited the hotel hosting the rebel Shiv Sena on Wednesday, June 22. The opposition leaders launched an attack on the CM for ignoring the flood situation in the state and indulging in politics.
After rebel MLAs camped up at a hotel in Guwahati, Sarma said there are many good hotels in the state and anyone can come and stay there.
MAHARASHTRA POLITICAL CRISIS
A high political drama started in Maharashtra when Eknath Shinde, along with 26 MLAs, went missing after the results of the MLC polls were declared, a development believed to be a result of cross-voting by certain MLAs of the ruling government.
Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, led by Eknath Shinde, are camped up at a hotel in Guwahati, a move which has plunged the ruling MVA government into crisis and CM Uddhav Thackeray now has the support of only 13-17 MLAs. Shinde has claimed that he has the support of 38 Shiv Sena MLAs.
The political turmoil in Maharashtra has also sent NCP and Congress, constituents of the MVA government, into a huddle, prompting them to organise series of meetings to assess the situation.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena leaders organised a meeting of the district presidents of the state and other functionaries. Aditya Thackeray, Vinayak Raut, Sachin Ahir among others attended the meeting at the Shiv Sena Bhawan. Uddhav Thackeray attended the meeting via video conferencing.
Shiv Sena leader Sachin Ahir, who recently won the state council elections, said that they were waiting for the orders from Uddhav Thackeray for the next plan of action.
Sanjay Raut expressed confidence that his party would win the floor test and challenged the rebel MLAs to come to Mumbai. Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde postponed his visit to Mumbai and is expected to stay in Guwahati for some more time.
Meanwhile, the Deputy speaker of Maharashtra Assembly has approved Shiv Sena’s proposal to appoint MLA Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena legislative party leader in the state Assembly.