New Supreme Court Case From Team Thackeray Against the Eknath Shinde Administration
The battle for control of the Shiv Sena is taking place on various fields of play. The Shiv Sena faction of Uddhav Thackeray has petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s choice to invite Eknath Shinde to lead the state to government.
Subhash Desai, the head of Team Thackeray, has also contested Monday’s assembly proceedings, during which the new Maharashtra Chief Minister easily passed a majority test. The Thackeray side claims that 16 renegade MLAs who were the subject of ongoing disqualification proceedings ought to have abstained from the vote.
The team of Uddhav Thackeray has initiated new disqualification proceedings against all the dissident MLAs who participated in the voting for a new Speaker of the Assembly and in the majority test. A resolution of no confidence against the new Speaker, Rahul Narvekar, from the Shinde camp has also been introduced. In his plea, Subhash Desai requests that the Supreme Court rule on whether or not MLAs should be disqualified.
With support from the BJP, Eknath Shinde launched a coup within the Shiv Sena against Uddhav Thackeray, winning over the majority of MLAs and toppling Thackeray’s government. On June 30, Mr. Shinde took the oath of office as chief minister of Maharashtra, with Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP serving as his deputy.
Four days later, Mr. Shinde easily won a vote of confidence in the 288-member parliament with 164 votes, much above the required 144 votes for a simple majority. Only 99 MLAs opposed him.
What began as the dissident section but has grown to be the larger group, claiming to be the true Sena, has driven out the majority of Uddhav Thackeray’s party’s MLAs. The Shiv Sena’s greatest hold on Maharashtra civic bodies, under Uddhav Thackeray, is waning as a result of numerous corporators defecting to Eknath Shinde’s faction.
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