Shiv Sena demands disqualification of 12 MLAs including Shinde
With rebel leader Eknath Shinde having the support of 37 MLAs – the number required to circumvent the anti-defection law – the Shiv Sena on Thursday sought the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs, including him. Sources said that the Shiv Sena has filed a petition with the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, seeking to cancel the membership of these MLAs.
Besides Shinde, the other MLAs are – Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandipanrao Bhumre, Bharatshet Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Jadhav, Lata Chandrakant, Anil Babar, Prakash Surve and Balaji Kinnikar.
Shinde enjoys significant support of more than two-thirds of Shiv Sena MLAs (37 out of 55), as well as nine independents who have taken oath of allegiance to him.
Some of the key points of the Maharashtra political crisis that emerged are as follows:
- After Shiv Sena’s appeal for disqualification, a militant Shinde tweeted that which party is “trying to scare”? “Who are you trying to scare? We know your make-up and the law too! According to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, the whip is for assembly business, not for meeting. There are several Supreme Court judgments in this regard,” he said in Marathi. I tweeted.
- Speaking to News18, Shinde claimed that he has the support of 40 MLAs and there was no question of him withdrawing his decision. He also claimed that more MLAs would join his camp. Meanwhile, in a video released by Shinde’s office today, he was heard saying that a “national party” has termed his rebellion as “historic” and assured him of all possible help.
- Earlier today, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that he is ready to quit the Maha Vikas Aghadi government if the rebel MLAs return to Mumbai. “The rebels who came out of Mumbai have raised the issue of Hindutva. If all these MLAs feel that Shiv Sena should walk out of MVA, then show courage to come back to Mumbai…Your demand will be considered. But come and talk to Uddhav Thackeray.”
- On Thursday afternoon, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called a meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs, but reportedly only 13 MLAs attended it.
- Amid the crisis, MVA allies NCP and Congress promised full support to Uddhav Thackeray. NCP president Sharad Pawar said the fate of the MVA government would be decided in the floor test. Pawar also said that the BJP played a role in the crisis.
- Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, however, denied that the BJP had a role in the unfolding crisis. “So far no top BJP leader has been seen at the forefront.
- State NCP chief Jayant Patil said the MVA enjoys a majority. “The rebels have not left the Shiv Sena. They are angry now and will return,” he said.
- On Wednesday, Uddhav appealed to the rebel MLAs to come and talk to them. He also offered to step down as CM and Shiv Sena president. Later on Wednesday night, Uddhav vacated his official residence, Varsha, and moved to his family home, Matoshree.
- Shinde had earlier said that he raised the flag of rebellion because the Shiv Sena had “left Hindutva”. He demanded that the Shiv Sena break ties with the NCP and Congress and resume its alliance with the BJP.
(with PTI inputs)
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