Factions target each other at Maharashtra Assembly premises

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Aaditya Thackeray was also seen shouting the slogan “50 khoke…chidle boke” (50 boxes…angry cats).

Mumbai:

Lawmakers from the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde targeted former minister Aaditya Thackeray by displaying a banner against him on the steps of Vidhan Bhavan here on Thursday.

Mr Thackeray countered them by shouting a slogan implying that MPs from the Shinde faction got money to switch loyalties which led to the collapse of the government led by Uddhav Thackeray comprising the Sena, NCP and the Congress.

Lawmakers from the Shinde faction carried banners with the message: “Yuvrajanchi disha chukli” (the prince has missed his way) on the steps of the Vidhan Bhavan where the state legislative session is currently taking place.

MP Bharat Gogawale told reporters that if lawmakers from the Shinde group were repeatedly targeted, they would not stand clasped.

“We will respond,” he said.

On the other side, Aaditya Thackeray and some Congress and NCP lawmakers shouted slogans demanding that a “wet drought” be declared in Maharashtra to come to the aid of farmers who lost their standing crops during the recent heavy rains and floods.

Aaditya Thackeray was also seen shouting the slogan “50 khoke…chidle boke” (50 boxes…angry cats), implying that 50 MPs got money to revolt against the ruled party by his father Uddhav Thackeray.

He was also apparently referring to the fight that took place on Wednesday between ruling and opposition lawmakers at the Vidhan Bhavan premises.

Aaditya Thackeray has toured the state to enlist the support of party cadres following a rebellion by a group of MPs.

He had targeted lawmakers from the Shinde faction as “traitors”.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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