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  • Families of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs will also be protected
  • Security cover extended after central agencies cited threat to MLAs, families
  • CRPF commandos to shadow 15 Shiv Sena dissident MLAs

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Rebel camp leader Eknath Shinde's name has not been included for Y-plus security cover 

The Centre on Sunday extended Y-plus security cover to 15-rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are presently camping in Guwahati. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos will shadow the MLAs when they're on the move as well as when they are home. Once they are back in Maharashtra, about 4-5 officers will secure the MLAs in shifts.

MLAs who were given the cover include Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane among others. The rebel camp's leader Eknath Shinde, however, was not provided the higher security cover.

The MLAs' families in Maharashtra will also avail the security benefits as it also entails house protection teams, according to officials.

The Centre's move comes after central security agencies recommended it to the Ministry of Home Affairs stating that the rebel MLAs and their families face threats given Maharashtra's current political scenario.

A rebellion led by minister Eknath Shinde has gained traction over the past few days after majority of Shiv Sena MLAs shifted their loyalties to him. This has plunged the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, led by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, into a crisis.

On Saturday, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly's Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal had issued disqualification notices to 16 rebel MLAs, including Shinde asking them to respond by Monday.

Shiv Sena's national executive has authorised Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebel MLAs.

(With PTI inputs)

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