Mumbai, Nov 26: Legislators of the three-party combine- Shiv Sena, Congress and Samajwadi Party- on Monday reached a five-star hotel in the city, to showcase their strength.
Nearly 162 MLAs, along with their top leaders, gathered at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, after senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut some time back invited Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the hotel, to witness their show of strength.
On the occasion, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad read out a pledge on behalf of all MLAs of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress, who have gathered at the hotel. The pledge read, "I will be honest to my party…will not get lured by anything. I will not do anything that will benefit the BJP. I will not get involved into any anti-party activities."
Speaking on the occasion, NCP chief Sharad Pawar asserted that there would not be any problem in proving their majority. The one, who has been suspended from the party cannot give any orders, he said.
'On the day of Floor Test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra," the NCP supremo added. 'Will take personal responsibility to ensure no MLA loses Assembly membership for voting against BJP,' Mr Pawar emphasised.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing the MLAs, said "The strength of our alliance cannot be captured in any camera lens. We have arrived, clear our way.
'If you do not know what Shiv Sena is, try crossing our way, we will show you what Shiv Sena is. We are not here for just five years. We are starting from Maharashtra, and then we will move ahead,' he added.
Congress state president Balasaheb Thorat said, "The first meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi is happening here. This meeting is being held to tell those in minority to resign. We have given a letter of 162 signatures to the Governor's office. After seeing our strength, the Chief Minister should resign."
Former state chief minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan said, "We are more than 162. We have taken this decision to keep BJP away from power. We have submitted a letter with 162 signatures to the Raj Bhavan. We are in majority, we should get the chance." (UNI)