The MLAs and MPs associated with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will hold a meeting at a 5pm under the aegis of chief Sharad Pawar. The meeting will discuss the political instability in the state, and the way forward for the NCP. The party had made it clear that they would support Shiv Sena in whatever decision they took.
"The chief ministerial post has been given to Shiv Sena. It is their internal decision whom they want to give it to," NCP's Jayant Patil said. "At 5pm today, I have invited all our MLAs for a meeting to brief them on the ongoing developments. Our MPs, organisation chief [Sharad Pawar] will be there too," Patil said.
"We had a meeting at the residence of Sharad Pawar. Assessment of incidents in last 3-4 days was done. Pawar sahib told us that we should do everything that needs to be done to ensure that the government remains. We will stand with Uddhav Thackeray, with this government," he said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday night vacated his official residence, hours after reaching out to Shiv Sena dissidents with an emotional appeal and offering to quit, even as rebel leader Eknath Shinde remained defiant and insisted the party should walk out of the "unnatural" ruling alliance MVA, and claimed the support of "enough number" of MLAs.
The CM had moved out of 'Varsha', his official residence in south Mumbai, and shifted to Matoshree, the Thackeray family's private bungalow in suburban Bandra, amid high drama as the Shiv Sena asserted he will not resign in the wake of rebellion by Shinde, who is camping with rebel MLAs in Guwahati.