Shiv Sena’s Chief Whip, Sunil Prabhu, has issued a letter to all party MLAs, asking them to be present in an important meeting that will be held on today evening.
“The Shiv Sena has called for an urgent meeting today evening at ‘Varsha’ bungalow as there have been attempts to make the MVA government unstable. The details regarding the meeting have been shared with all the members (MLAs) on their registered e-mail address, Whatsapp and by way of SMS.
“You cannot remain absent to the meeting without providing a valid and sufficient reason. If you do not attend the meeting, it would be presumed that you have a clear intention of leaving the party. Hence, there will be action taken against you based on the provisions for preventing anti-defection,” the letter said.
‘Varsha’ is the official residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The letter came after Eknath Shinde has claimed the support of 46 MLAs yesterday and has declared that he will remain a Shiv Sainik.
The letter sent via WhatsApp, email and SMS, also warns that if an MLA remains absent from the meeting without proper reason and prior information, action will be taken against them as per constitutional provisions.
A day earlier, the Sena had removed Shinde as its group leader in the Legislative Assembly.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra is in crisis as a result of a revolt by a number of Shiv Sena MLAs, led by Eknath Shinde. According to rumors, Shinde is angry with the party’s leadership because of an agreement with the Congress and NCP.
Shinde is believed to be upset with the party leadership over an alliance with the Congress and NCP.
(With inputs from agencies)