Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2022

Shiv Sena crisis: 9 rebel ministers stripped of portfolios but not sacked | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: A week after the revolt began for control of the Shiv Sena, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday stripped all nine ministers from rebel leader Eknath Shinde’s camp of their portfolios. They will remain ministers but without portfolios.
By now, of the 14 ministers in the Thackeray-led government, only four including the CM, are from Shiv Sena. The others are industries minister Subhash Desai, transport minister Anil Parab and environment minister Aaditya Thackeray. They have all got additional portfolios (see graphic).
The SC verdict led to speculation about whether a floor test is imminent. “The government is in a minority. The CM should leave the MVA government and join BJP. Then there will be no need for a floor test,” rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar said. Aaditya Thackeray said, “The rebels should come here, look into our eyes and tell us what we did wrong. That is our floor test.”
Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said, “No one has asked for a floor test. The CM has said 20 MLAs who are in Guwahati will back the government in the event of a trust vote.” BJP’s Sudhir Mungantiwar said the party would “wait and watch” and would consider such a proposal when it came.
Meanwhile, the ED summoned Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a money laundering case. “Even if you behead me, I will not choose the path of Guwahati. Come and arrest me,” he tweeted, tagging BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar wrote an open letter blaming Raut for the rift within the party. He said Raut was the blue-eyed boy of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and out to finish the Shiv Sena.
The cabinet reshuffle was prompted by concerns about work being held up. Also, by the onset of monsoon and the possibility of flooding or accidents, a press statement from Thackeray’s office said.
Under rule 6 of the rules of business, the CM has powers to re-allocate portfolio of a cabinet minister if he is not attending office since he is unwell or is not able to discharge duties. This is done to ensure works of public interest as well as routine work are not affected.
After the announcement by Raut, it was initially decided to sack all nine rebel members, a bureaucrat said. But the Sena leadership dropped the proposal and decided to strip them of portfolios.
A day after Raut taunted rebel MLAs saying they were corpses whose souls had died, Kesarkar wrote a hard-hitting letter. He said Raut had driven a wedge between BJP and Sena by “viciously criticizing” the Union government and created a rift between Thackeray and Sena MLAs. It said their battle was “not a revolt but a fight for the Shiv Sena’s self-esteem”. “If on the advice of Raut, the party is going to bow before NCP’s feet, what will be left of Shiv Sena?” the letter asked.
Rebel MLA Shamburaje Desai, who lost his MoS portfolio, said, “We had no rights as ministers of state. The position was only in name. We were not able to get funds for our constituencies.”


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