Sanjay Raut, a Shiv Sena MP, stated on June 23 that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party is open to considering abandoning Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Maharashtra's ruling coalition, if the rebel MLAs return from Assam and present their grievances to the Chief Minister. Speaking to reporters, Raut stated that the party would take into consideration the dissident MLAs' demand to end the alliance with the Congress and NCP if they returned to Mumbai within 24 hours. The rebel MLAs are being led by Eknath Shinde. "You claim to be true Shiv Sainiks and that you won't leave the party. If you return to Mumbai within 24 hours and raise the matter with the city's chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, we would take into consideration your request. Your demand will be considered positively. Don't write letters on Twitter and WhatsApp," PTI quoted Raut as saying.
Shiv Sena's main spokesperson continued, "Hindu nationalism has been brought up by the insurgents who have fled Mumbai. Show guts to return to Mumbai if all of these MLAs believe Shiv Sena should leave the MVA. You claim to just have problems with the government and to be a true Shiv Sainik. We'll take into account your request. But visit Uddhav Thackeray and speak with him.
Later, Raut attempted to appease the critics by posting on Twitter in Marathi the following: "Why wander without purpose. The doors are open, and discussions can help to amicably address problems. Instead of accepting slavery, let's make a decision with dignity.
A crucial Shiv Sena meeting will take place on Friday at 1 PM at Sena Bhavan in Mumbai, according to a report on india.com.