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He was upset when Shinde was sidelined during crucial Rajya Sabha and council elections. He was unhappy with how the Congress and the NCP get a large share in the budget, but said the Shiv Sena gets a very small share. After voting, Shinde reached with some MLAs and discussed over dinner. Sources familiar with the matter said that he decided to express his displeasure at the meeting and left for Surat.
Another Thane army worker, who is considered close to Shinde, said resentment has increased in recent days. “There is unlikely to be an immediate reaction to the rebellion… There was already a possibility of a rebellion but it would have been postponed due to Rajya Sabha and council elections,” he said.
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At the last minute, a select few associates of Thane were informed of Shinde’s plans. He asked them to take care of the travel and accommodation arrangements as well as take good care of the disgruntled MLAs who were with them. Outside Shinde’s house in Thane, several party workers had gathered at a bungalow on the Eastern Express Highway on Wednesday evening to show solidarity with his decision.