Efforts are being made to overthrow the MVA government, our MLAs will return, says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut

Maharashtra News Live Updates: Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde led at least 12 MLAs into BJP-ruled Gujarat on Tuesday morning. Party leader Sanjay Raut called him a “true Shiv Sainik” and expressed confidence that he would return without strings attached. Raut confirmed that some MLAs are out of reach, adding that the party MLAs “will come back and everything will be fine.” “Efforts are being made to overthrow the Maha Vikas Aghadi Alliance (MVA) government, but the BJP must remember that Maharashtra is very different from Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh,” he said.

Congress is also evaluating the situation, said PWD Minister Ashok Chavan. “A lot of MLAs have left Mumbai and we are checking who is all in town and calling a meeting,” he said, adding that Congress leaders and ministers were meeting at the home of the CLP (Congress Legislature Party ), Balasaheb Thorat, had gathered.

Sources say Shinde is with the MLAs at the Le Meridien hotel in Surat, where security has been reinforced with cops checking every car at the entrance since arriving early Tuesday morning. A Shiv Sena leader told The Indian Express that Shinde had “misguided” the MLAs and some of them were in touch with the party and wanted to return. Sources have also said that Maharashtra’s opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis has flown to Delhi.

Another party leader told The Indian Express that around 20 Sena MLAs, including four ministers of state, are “unreachable” at this time. CM Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of all party leaders and MLAs for noon. This comes after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dealt a major blow to the MVA on Monday by winning the state Legislative Council polls by 133 votes, including 27 votes from other parties and independents.

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