No info on arrival of rebel MPs Shiv Sena in Mumbai, cops say – Reuters

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By PTI

MUMBAI: Mumbai police have no information on when rebel MPs Shiv Sena will arrive in the metropolis from Guwahati in Assam, but preparations including alerting airports are underway, it said on Sunday a manager.

A significant number of MPs, led by Thane party strongman Eknath Shinde, had rebelled against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 21 and moved first to Surat in neighboring Gujarat, then to Assam, the two states ruled by the BJP.

“We have alerted the airports and deployed (bandobast) staff. However, we have no idea when these deputies will arrive here. The deputies have asked the hotel management (Guwahati) to extend their stay until ‘to June 28,’ the official said. said.

Meanwhile, Sena workers loyal to Thackeray have held rallies and demonstrations in several parts of the state.

They organized a motorbike rally from the office of the spokesman of the “Saamana” party to Prabhadevi in ​​Dadar, while the effigy of Yavatmal MP Sanjay Rathod was burned.

Officials said some Sena workers tried to attack the house of Osmanabad MP Balaji Kalyankar.

Meanwhile, rallies in support of Shinde also took place, mainly in Thane and the neighboring areas of Palghar and Raigad.

Officials said that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) protection had been granted to the homes of 16 rebel MPs who had received notices from Assembly Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal asking them for an explanation of the request for disqualification from Sena.

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