Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde has told NDTV that more than 50 MLAs supported him in his uprising against his boss Uddhav Thackeray. “Nearly 40 of them are from Shiv Sena,” Mr Shinde, who is camping in BJP -ruled Assam, said in an exclusive interview.
“Those who believe in our role will join us. We want to continue the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray, those who like it will come,” Mr Shinde said, stressing the rebels did not leave Balasaheb Thackeray -led Shiv Sena.
Mr Shinde, 58, also said that Shiv Sena’s action of filing the disqualification notice was “invalid”. “What they did yesterday is illegal, they have no rights. We are the majority people and numbers are important in a democracy. That is illegal, in fact they cannot do such a suspension,” he said.
Mr Shinde also added that there was “no discussion” between the rebels and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the head of Shic Sena.
Thirty -seven MLAs have written letters to the Governor and Deputy Speaker, naming Eknath Shinde the party chief of the legislature. The action came shortly after Team Uddav Thackeray filed a disqualification application for 12 rebels with the Deputy Speaker.
“Who are you trying to scare? We know your make-up and the law too! According to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (Schedule) whipping is for assembly work, not for meetings. There are many Supreme Court decisions in this regard.,” Tweeted Eknath Shinde on Thursday.