Maharashtra political crisis: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh claims he was kidnapped and beaten up

Maharashtra Political Crisis: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh has made a shocking claim amid the growing political crisis in Maharashtra. Nitin Deshmukh has claimed that veteran Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde – who has rebelled against Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray – kidnapped him and took him to Surat.

Nitin Deshmukh has alleged that he was thrashed in Surat before reaching Nagpur.

“I ran and stood on the street at about 3 in the morning trying to stop a ride from Pssersby, when over a hundred cops came and took me to the hospital. They pretended I had a heart attack and something Tried to do medical procedures on my body,” he told the media.

“I am with Uddhav Thackeray,” he said.

On Tuesday, Nitin Deshmukh’s wife Pranjali had filed a complaint with the Akola police station and said that there was a threat to her life.

On Wednesday morning, a team of about 40 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs along with their leader Eknath Shinde left their hotel in Surat in Gujarat on Wednesday and reached Guwahati in Assam at around 7 am. Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders received the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at the Guwahati airport.

Eknath Shinde has claimed that he has the support of 46 MLAs, including 37 from Shiv Sena.

Speaking to the media at the Guwahati airport, 58-year-old Shinde, an MLA from Thane district, said, “A total of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs are present here. We will take forward Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva.”

“We have not and will not leave Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena.”

Maharashtra’s ruling alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) held a meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday under the leadership of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray amid the escalating political crisis in the state.

According to reports, only one Shiv Sena MLA attended the meeting.

Despite being pushed to a corner by revolt by dozens of Shiv Sena MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray made a derogatory remark after the meeting.

After the meeting, Uddhav Thackeray told the media, “We will see what happens in the future.”

First Published:22 June 2022, 3:57 pm

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