The conflict between ideology and the judiciary is at the crux of the political problem in Maharashtra. The leaders of the Shiv Sena rebel group led by Eknath Shinde are convinced they have amassed enough backing to prevail in court against the Maharashtra chief minister and his supporters as they set up camp in Guwahati to plan their attack on the Uddhav Thackeray administration.
The Shinde camp, according to sources speaking to CNN-News18, is not content with its alleged success in the numbers game and is going to publish an open letter in which they declare themselves to be the heirs to Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray and his philosophy. In order to reach a wider audience, Shinde is also anticipated to host a Facebook Live event on Monday.
It is evident from a detailed examination of the events’ progression that Shinde is placing emphasis on two fronts: One is that he is reassuring the renegade MLAs that everything will be resolved in the end. “Shinde-ji has given us confidence and encouraged us not to worry,” a Shinde camp leader remarked. Families of employees will be supported. He further emphasised that we must defend Balasaheb’s philosophy at all costs.
Two: The rebel leader has made it clear that ideology, not a desire for power, is the foundation of their uprising. He is said to have sparked the mutiny at being ignored by the Uddhav Thackeray group. Shinde is doing everything in his power to keep his flock together, from honouring Chhatrapati Shivaji to celebrating the birthday of a dissident MLA.
The dissident group wants to suggest that the chief minister made a mistake by teaming up with Sharad Pawar, the leader of the NCP, who has “belittled” Balasaheb Thackeray’s philosophy. This choice is said to have hurt Uddhav Thackeray.
Eknath Shinde filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Sunday in an effort to have him and 15 other MLAs’ disqualification notifications dismissed. On Monday, the petition is anticipated to be heard by the high court.
Shiv Sena must leave the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, which also includes the NCP and Congress, according to the Shinde “faction,” which has been camped out in a Guwahati hotel since June 22. However, the Sena has also refused to back down and has adopted a firm position against the rebels by requesting that they run in the elections once more.