Amid Maharashtra crisis, TMC protest surrounds Eknath Shinde in Assam
- Assam’s Trinamool supporters demonstrated outside Eknath Shinde’s hotel
- The Maharashtra government is at risk of falling soon
- Eknath Shinde, rebel Shiv Sena MLA, has reportedly gained support of 40 MLAs
Eknath Shinde has moved to a hotel in Assam capital Guwahati with fellow rebel MLAs while a plans to stage a coup in Maharashtra. Shinde’s decision to move to Assam came after he had a word with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray over the phone. At the time, he was stationed at a hotel in Surat.
Having moved to a hotel in Guwahati, Shinde thought he could make his political moves unperturbed by the movements in Maharashtra politics and protected by the BJP government in Assam. But that was not to be. On Thursday morning, swarms of Trinamool Congress supporters surrounded the hotel where Shinde is stationed and raised slogans against the BJP government.
The protesters, led my Assam Trinamool chief Ripun Bora, claimed that the BJP-run state government was pouring all its resources in protecting MLAs from Maharashtra while doing hardly anything for the flood-hit regions of Assam. The north-eastern state has been hit by massive floods killing at least 89 people. Nearly 55 lakh people have been displaced by the deluge.
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, a close friend and ally of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, seems to have exerted her influence on the crisis through the protests. There hasn’t been any official response on her behalf on the crisis.
Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde is said to have garnered the support of 40 out of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs. Shinde needed only 37 for lending support to the BJP to form the government. The rebel MLA, however, doesn’t seem keen on ditching the Shiv Sena. Calling the Maha Vikas Aghadi government an “unnatural alliance,” Shinde has sought for Shiv Sena to lend support to BJP to form a new government. The BJP, which has stayed largely mum on the crisis, is reportedly waiting for the government to fall.