Security vigil tightened around Eknath Shinde’s bungalow
Thane (Maharashtra): Following a major political development in the state, security on Tuesday was stepped up outside the bungalow of city guardian minister, Eknath Shinde.
The step comes close on the heels of the MLC results following which Urban Development Minister Shinde along with a host of MLAs rushed to Surat in the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat.
This morning, one platoon of SRP was deployed outside his bungalow, sources said. The city police are also keeping a tight vigil.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday called for an urgent meeting after Sena leader Shinde among 11 of his colleagues went “out of reach” since Monday’s legislative council elections results.
The development comes amid allegations of cross-voting by some Shiv Sena MLAs. The cross-voting favouring BJP could be reason behind the disappearance.
Shinde is likely to address media from Surat at around 2 pm, sources said.
The BJP won five seats in the MLC election with Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party bagging two each. BJP managed to win big in the MLC polls despite being short in numbers.
There are 106 BJP MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The speculation is either its remaining votes have come from Independent MLAs, or from small parties or other parties.
Maharashtra Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray called an urgent meeting of all party MLAs on Tuesday noon. (UNI)