The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena experienced another surprise on Sunday when Ratnagiri-born higher and technical education minister Uday Samant joined the Eknath Shinde-led rebel group. He is the ninth minister to defect to the insurgents. Samant, who had been in Mumbai for a few days and had participated in all of the Sena brainstormers, abruptly left for Surat and then caught a flight to Guwahati.
Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, elected from the Worli assembly constituency, is now the lone Shiv Sena cabinet minister remaining, along with CM Uddhav Thackeray from the state parliament. Thackeray was elected to the state legislature. Shankarrao Gandakh, another cabinet minister, was elected from Krantikari Shetkari. Subhash Desai and Anil Parab, both from the state council, are Shiv Sena cabinet ministers.
Furthermore, the Shinde camp claims the backing of 39 Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, two Prahar JanShakti MLAs, and seven independents. On the other side, the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena
controls only 16 of the state assembly's 55 seats.
On Sunday, Sanjay Raut referred to the 40 MLAs camping in Guwahati as "living corpses," whose "bodies will be submitted for post-mortem to the assembly." "40 MLAs in Guwahati are living corpses, their souls are dead," Raut stated, referring to them and rebel leader Eknath Shinde.
When they return, their remains will be taken directly to the assembly for a post-mortem. They are aware of the dangers that can arise from the fire that has been ignited here." "Sunil Raut is having a rally in Vikhrohli, go and see," he stated of his brother Sunit Raut's contact with the rebel camp. Anyone from our family would never quit the Sena, it's in our blood," he said, adding that dissident ministers would be dismissed shortly and that the public should "be patient."