Eknath Shinde on Wednesday pledged to take forward Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s legacy and claimed the support of 40 lawmakers as he arrived in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Assam from Gujarat’s Surat along with other rebel members of his party a day after plunging the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government into crisis.
According to multiple reports, the exact number of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs travelling in the flight is not known, but the flight had 89 passengers including onboard crew. The Maharashtra MLAs are being taken in special buses to a city hotel with police protection.
Shinde, who arrived at the Guwahati airport, spoke to reporters. Shinde said: “Here, 40 MLAs are with me. Additional 10 MLAs will join me soon. I do not want to criticise any one. We are keen on continuing the Sena founded by late Balasaheb Thackeray,” he said.
On late Monday night, Shinde had left Mumbai with several Sena MLAs and stayed at a hotel in Gujarat’s Surat city. However, after holding talks with BJP leaders, he decided to shift to Guwahati.