Maharashtra Political Crisis : Will Raj Thackeray Be The King Maker?

The Supreme Court’s today’s hearing is seen as a relief to the rebel MLAs of Shivsena camping in Guwahati. While hearing the plea filed by rebel Shivsena leader Eknath Shinde challenging the disqualification of 16 MLAs by the deputy speaker of Maharashtra assembly, the Supreme Court has issued notices to Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu, Deputy assembly speaker Narhari Zirwal, leader of Legislature party Anil Chaudhary and the Centre. The next hearing will take place on July 11.

On the other hand, Shivsena MP Sanjay Raut and Thackeray camp continues to slam the rebel MLAs. Amidst this ongoing tussle, Eknath Shinde has spoken to MNS chief Raj Thackeray on phone, which has raised the political temperature across Maharashtra. There is even speculation that these rebel MLAs may join Raj Thackeray’s party – Maharashtra Navnirmana Sena (MNS) if it comes to the merger. 

It’s been said that on technical grounds, these MLAs have to merge in a party, but there is a difference of opinion amongst the rebel MLAs on joining the BJP. On the other hand, there is also an ongoing battle between the rebel camp and Uddhav Thackeray camp over using the name of late Balasaheb Thackeray. 

With this, Raj Thackeray may be a choice for the rebel MLAs. Raj Thackeray’s roots come from Shivsena, he was close to late Balasaheb Thackeray and is a well known Hindutva icon in Maharashtra. Though nothing has been confirmed yet, but as per the speculations, if these rebel MLAs merge with the MNS, it may benefit both – Raj Thackeray and Eknath Shinde camp as well. 

Now all eyes are set on Raj Thackeray. As per the media reports, he has called a meeting of senior MNS leaders to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra. The battle to save the government has turned into a fight to save the party for CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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