Shiv Sena MLAs supporting Eknath Shinde are in a “disappointing minority” and his camp has worked to “destabilize” the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Speaker Rahul Narvekar said on his plea seeking disqualification of the Shinde camp MLAs. In response to the notice, the Uddhav Thackeray faction has said.
The reply further alleged that the Speaker’s decision to recognize Shinde camp’s Bharatshet Gogavale as Shiv Sena’s chief whip was “illegal”, as was the Speaker’s decision to recognize Shinde as the party’s legislative leader. was “illegal”.
“MLAs who have joined and supported Eknath Shinde are in a dismal and insignificant minority among this undisputed party leadership. None of the nine elected leaders is supporting Eknath Shinde’s faction. Of the 21 elected deputy leaders, only one Gulabrao Patil has supported Eknath Shinde’s group. Of the four leaders appointed, only his group leader Eknath Shinde is present. Ultimately, of the 12 appointed deputy leaders, only Tanaji Sawant supported Eknath Shinde,” the 242-page reply said.
The reply filed by the Uddhav Thackeray group has also challenged the decision of the Election Commission to give the party name and symbol to the Shinde group.
“The Speaker’s decision to recognize Bharatshet Gogavale as Chief Whip of Shiv Sena is illegal. The Speaker’s decision to recognize Eknath Shinde as a leader is illegal. In cases where a petition is filed under Article 15 of the Symbol Order after the (alleged) commission of prohibitory conduct, the decision of the ECI by the Chairperson cannot be relied upon for deciding the disqualification proceedings,” it said.
The reply also includes details of the Shiv Sena’s national executive meeting held in 2018, in which Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray is mentioned as a Shiv Sena leader. Pramukh or chief. It also mentioned the operative parts of the party’s constitution and a resolution announcing the expulsion of Eknath Shinde and Ajay Chowdhary from the party.
“In this organizational structure, party leader The Party President is the supreme authority in the Party, and his decisions in all matters relating to Party policy and Party administration shall be final.
A copy of the reply has also been submitted to the Supreme Court, which had on July 14 sought the Speaker’s reply on a petition filed by pro-Thackeray MLA Sunil Prabhu for early decision on disqualification petitions.
Prabhu, as chief whip of the undivided Shiv Sena, had last year filed a disqualification petition against Shinde and 15 other MLAs after they rebelled and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in June 2022.
On May 11, the apex court ruled that Eknath Shinde will continue to be the chief minister of Maharashtra and that he cannot restore the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government as the Shiv Sena leader faces a floor test in the wake of Shinde’s rebellion. decided to resign without