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Big jolt for Uddhav as Speaker proclaims Shinde faction as ‘real Shiv Sena’

Eknath Shinde with Uddhav Thackeray. Fb

Maharashtra legislative Meeting speaker Rahul Narwekar on Wednesday dominated in favour of the Eknath Shinde faction whereas asserting his verdict on the dispute between the 2 warring Shiv Sena teams.

In an enormous jolt to the UBT faction led by Uddhav Thackeray, the speaker proclaimed the Eknath Shinde group because the “real Shiv Sena political party”.

“Shinde faction was the real Shiv Sena political party when rival factions emerged on 21st June 2022. I find that the leadership structure of the Shiv Sena reflected in letter dated February 27, 2018, available on the website of the ECI, is a relevant leadership structure which has to be taken into account for the purpose of determining which faction is the real political party,” he mentioned throughout his handle to the meeting members.

“Also in my view, the 2018 leadership structure (submitted with ECI) was not as per the Shiv Sena Constitution. Shiv Sena party chief as per the party Constitution can not remove anyone from the party. So Uddhav Thackeray removed Eknath Shinde or any party leader from the party as per the party Constitution. So the removal of Eknath Shinde by Uddhav Thackeray in June 2022 is not accepted based on the Shiv Sena Constitution,” he added.

“UBT faction has not placed any material on record or even suggest that any meeting of the Rashtriya Karyakarini was called for where any decision about the real political party was resolved.”

The decision was introduced greater than 18 months after the Shiv Sena suffered a vertical cut up, a political improvement that resulted in a change of guard within the state.

In June 2022, Shinde and a number of other MLAs rebelled in opposition to the then-chief minister Thackeray, resulting in a cut up within the Shiv Sena and fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which additionally comprised the NCP and the Congress.

Cross-petitions had been filed by the Shinde and Thackeray factions, in opposition to one another’s legislators, earlier than the speaker looking for motion in opposition to one another underneath anti-defection legal guidelines. Of 56 MLAs of the undivided Shiv Sena, 40 are with Shinde.

The Supreme Courtroom, in Might final yr, directed Maharashtra Speaker Narwekar to adjudicate on the pleas expeditiously. On 15 December, 2023, the Supreme Courtroom had prolonged the deadline for Maharashtra speaker Narwekar to resolve the disqualification petitions from 31 December to 10 January.

Whereas extending the deadline, the Courtroom had mentioned the sanctity of the tenth Schedule of the Structure ought to be maintained.

The tenth Schedule of the Structure is designed to stop defection of elected and nominated members of Parliament and state legislatures from political events on whose ticket they win, and incorporates stringent provisions in opposition to it underneath which they are often disqualified.

The apex court docket had additionally requested the Maharashtra speaker to resolve the NCP’s petition looking for disqualification of 9 MLAs of the Ajit Pawar group by 31 January, 2024. In July final yr, the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP additionally joined the Shinde-led authorities.

The Election Fee had given the ‘Shiv Sena’ identify and ‘bow and arrow’ image to the Shinde-led faction, whereas the one headed by Thackeray was referred to as the Shiv Sena (UBT) with a flaming torch as its image.

Maharashtra Meeting polls are due within the second half of 2024.

With inputs from PTI

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