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Videos show 42 MLAs with Sena rebel Eknath Shinde

Prime News, National (Guwahati), June 23:- Visuals on Thursday (June 23) showed 42 MLAs posing with Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde at a hotel in Guwahati, a show of strength that seemed to indicate that it is game over Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The videos from Guwahati showed the MLAs gathered in a hall for a photo shoot meant more like a preview of a test of strength that may come up in Maharashtra’s power tussle.

The MLAs, arranged in three rows, flanked Eknath Shinde, the former auto-rickshaw driver who is today the most powerful man in the Shiv Sena and appears to have checkmated a Thackeray for the first time in the party founded by Bal Thackeray.

The MLAs shouted slogans for Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde and Bal Thackeray but did not mention Uddhav Thackeray at all.

The visuals showed Eknath Shinde addressing the MLAs at one point.

The rebel group started their journey on Monday night when they took a flight from Mumbai to Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat. They went incommunicado and refused to speak to team Thackeray for hours.

On Tuesday night, they were flown to Guwahati in Assam, another BJP-ruled state, and they have been at the Radisson Blu hotel since.

Their numbers have been swelling over the past two days and Mr Shinde seems to have enough MLAs to split the party without disqualification under the anti-defection law. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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