The all-important question of the number of MLAs backing each faction continues to hang fire over an hour after Ajit Pawar’s show of strength began in Mumbai today.
While 27 MLAs and four MLCs have arrived at the meeting organised by the Ajit Pawar camp in Bandra so far, 13 MLAs, two MLCs and four MPs have reached the venue of the Sharad Pawar meeting at Nariman Point.
The MLAs at the meeting organised by the Ajit Pawar camp are Chhagan Bhujbal, Hasan Mushrif, Dhananjay Munde, Narhari Zirwal, Dilip Mohite, Anil Patil, Dharmarao Atram, Sanjay Bansode, Anna Bansode, Manikrao Kokate, Sunil Shelke, Nilesh Lanke, Dilip Walse Patil, Dattatray Bharne, Aditi Tatkare, Prakash Solanke, Rajesh Patil, Balasaheb Ajabe, Sangram Jagtap, Atul Benke, Raju Karemore, Indranil Naik, Sunil Tingre, Dipak Chavan, Yashwant Mane, Nitin Pawar and Shekhar Nikam.
The MLCs at the meeting are Aniket Tatkare, Vikram Kale, Ramraje Nimbalkar and Amol Mitkari.
The Ajit Pawar camp said more MLAs are expected and some of them are stuck in traffic.
Some of the MLAs who have reached the meeting organised by the Sharad Pawar faction are Jitendra Awhad, Kiran Lahamate, Ashok Pawar, Rohit Pawar, Rajendra Shingne and Anil Deshmukh.
Some of these MLAs, including Mr Lahamate had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Ajit Pawar on Sunday. MPs Supriya Sule and Shriniwas Patil have also arrived at the venue, along with Independent MLA Devendra Bhuyar.