Sena's Assembly Count Has Dropped, But Sanjay Raut Is Confident Rebels Will Support MVA in Floor Tes
Following Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde's defection, MP Sanjay Raut acknowledged on Friday that the party's representation in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has decreased. However, he expressed confidence that the defections will support the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition during the floor test, noting that "figures can change at any time."
When they return to Mumbai, the rogue MLAs, according to him, would be put to the real test of their party devotion.
Without identifying him, Raut also criticized BJP leader Narayan Rane for "threatening [ing]" NCP leader Sharad Pawar.
Shinde is currently camped out in a Guwahati hotel with 37 dissident Sena MLAs and 9 independents.
The chief spokesperson for Sena, Raut, acknowledged to reporters that the uprising has decreased his party's support in the Assembly.
"The rebel organization asserts to have the necessary data, and democracy depends on data. However, data can change at any time. It will be a test of the rebels' devotion to Balasaheb Thackeray and the Shiv Sena when they return, he said.
"This is a court case. The Sena MP stated, "MVA (comprising Sena, NCP, and Congress) is together...We are optimistic that the rebels will support the MVA during the floor test. There are some norms and Supreme Court directions.
In an earlier interview with PTI, Raut stated that the party was awaiting the return of the rebels to Mumbai.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray believes that the majority of the rebels will join the party. Following a head count and the trust vote, the rebels will need to return to Mumbai to meet the governor, he said.
Raut criticized Union minister Narayan Rane on Twitter for "threatening [ing]" Sharad Pawar.
Does the BJP endorse this language? Governments will change throughout time. But such venom directed towards Sharad Pawar will not be tolerated in Maharashtra, he declared.
Rane confronted Pawar on Thursday, stating that he was threatening breakaway Shiv Sena MLAs and warning that if anything happened to them in the Maharashtra Assembly, consequences would have to be accepted.
In a string of Marathi tweets sent out that evening, Rane said that Sharad Pawar was pressuring the (rebel) MLAs to appear before the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They will undoubtedly show up and cast their votes. It will be challenging to return home if anything bad happens to them.