Sena rebels to hold meeting to decide way ahead as govt falls

A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on Wednesday night from Guwahati. They are staying in a luxury hotel at Dona Paula.
Rebel Sena leaders in Guwahati
Rebel Sena leaders in Guwahati

PANAJI: Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by senior leader Eknath Shinde, who are currently camping in Goa, will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide the way forward as they are likely to support the BJP to form the next government in Maharashtra following the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister. A chartered flight carrying the breakaway MLAs landed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on Wednesday night from Guwahati. They are staying in a luxury hotel at Dona Paula.

''We will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide our future course of action,'' Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson of the rebel group, told a television channel.

He said the decision will be taken by Shinde after the talks. Kesarkar said a decision on when to leave Goa for Mumbai is yet to be taken. ''Whether to leave on Thursday or Friday is yet to be decided,'' he said.

When asked about the Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday in which it refused to stay Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari's direction to the Uddhav Thackeray-led government to take a floor test in the Assembly, Kesarkar said there was nothing to feel happy about it as the NCP and Congress made Sena people fight among themselves.

''We had tried to avoid it (rebellion)… But it could not be avoided,'' he said.

Reacting to Thackeray's resignation, Kesarkar said that Sena MLAs had urged him to pull out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) even yesterday, but he preferred to approach the Supreme Court.

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