Union minister Narayan Rane has accused Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar of threatening rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and warned that if anything happened to the legislators in the Maharashtra Assembly, there would be consequences.
Rana’s sharp rhetoric came after Pawar expressed confidence in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government to win a trust vote, saying Eknath Shinde along with other rebel MLAs will have to come to the Maharashtra Assembly eventually.
“Sharad Pawar is threatening the (rebel) MLAs that they should come to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They will definitely come and vote as per their will. If any harm comes to them, it will be difficult to go home. The MVA was formed to serve personal interests. Nobody should boast about its work,” said Rane.
In a veiled attack on the NCP supremo, Rane, who quit and joined the Congress in 2005 and later got associated with the BJP, said that “there are some people who have a long history of rebelling from time to time. It is unbecoming (for such people) to issue unwarranted threats at an unsuitable age.”
Addressing a press conference, Pawar accused BJP of playing a role in the turmoil caused by Eknath Shinde and several Sena MLAs.
The NCP chief dismissed the allegations of rebel Sena MLAs that they faced difficulties in getting funds for their constituencies and the Sena has given up its Hindutva ideology.
“The fate of the MVA government will be decided in the Assembly, not in Guwahati (where the rebels are camping). The MVA will prove its majority on the floor of the House,” Pawar said.
Meanwhile, Shinde said a “national party” has assured to provide all help to his camp which has revolted against the Thackery leadership. Shinde and 37 rebel MLAs of the Shiv Sena and nine Independents are camping in Guwahati.