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Maharashtra Govt Formation: CM Shinde, Rebels Land in Mumbai; Situation Tense Around Hotel, Shops Shut

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray removed Shinde from the post of 'Shiv Sena leader', accusing him of indulging in "anti-party activities"

News18.com | July 02, 2022, 22:29 IST
Eknath Shinde

If Uddhav Thackeray does not withdraw his decision of removing Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde from the position of ‘Shiv Sena leader’, then he will challenge the move legally, a rebel Sena MLA said on Saturday. Shiv Sena president and former chief minister Thackeray on Friday removed Shinde from the post of ‘Shiv Sena leader’, accusing him of indulging in “anti-party activities. Read More

Jul 02, 2022 18:32 IST

Sena Chief Whip Asks All Members to Vote in Favour of Party Candidate in Speaker Polls

Shiv Sena chief whip on Saturday Sunil Prabhu issued a whip and asked all its members to remain present in the house and vote in favour of Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi for the Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker’s election.

Jul 02, 2022 17:50 IST

WATCH | CM Shinde, Rebel MLAs Leave from Goa Resort for Mumbai

Jul 02, 2022 16:32 IST

CM Shinde to Legally Challenge Removal as Sena Leader, Says Rebel MLA

If Uddhav Thackeray does not withdraw his decision of removing Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde from the position of “Shiv Sena leader”, then the latter will challenge the move legally, a rebel Sena MLA said on Saturday. Shiv Sena president and former chief minister Thackeray on Friday removed Shinde from the post of ‘Shiv Sena leader’, accusing him of indulging in “anti-party activities”. In a letter, Thackeray said Shinde had “voluntarily” given up the membership of the party, therefore “in exercise of powers vested in me as Shiv Sena party president, I remove you from the post of Shiv Sena leader in the party organisation”. Deepak Kesarkar, who is the spokesperson of the Shinde faction, told reporters in Goa, where they are currently camping, that if Thackeray does not reverse the decision, then legal action will be taken. PTI

Jul 02, 2022 14:55 IST

Bus Arrives to Take Back Rebel MLAs from Goa, Leaders Expected to Leave by 4 PM

A bus has arrived at the Goa centre where Shiv Sena’s rebel MLAs are lodged. The Shinde camp will leave the premises by 4 PM.

Jul 02, 2022 14:30 IST

Rahul Narvekar is BJP's Pick for Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Post. Know All About the First-Time MLA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday picked first-time MLA Rahul Narvekar as the candidate for the post of Maharashtra Assembly speaker, election for which, if required, will be held on July 3. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 13:35 IST

As Eknath Shinde's Rebellion Defangs Thackerays, NCP Steps in to Fill Void, Teetering Congress Veers Off Target

While not many expected the marriage of convenience of the ideologically opposed parties to last long, what caught the partners by surprise was the fact that it was internal rumblings within the Sena and not the allies that brought down the barely 31-month-old government. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 12:41 IST

MVA Fields Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi for Speaker Post

Jul 02, 2022 12:18 IST

MVA Meet at Vidhan Bhavan to Finalise Speaker Candidate

The MVA is meeting at Vidhan Bhawan to finalise a candidate for the post of Speaker, sources said.

Jul 02, 2022 10:55 IST

Even I Got Offer to Go to Guwahati, Claims Sanjay Raut

As a responsible citizen & MP, it’s my duty to appear if an investigative agency (ED) summons me. Problem is with timing- amid Maharashtra Political Crisis but they had doubts. Their officials behaved well with me; told them that I can come again if need be. Even I got offer to Guhawati, but I did not go because I believe in Balasaheb’s ideals: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.

Jul 02, 2022 09:44 IST

Decision on Maha cabinet expansion after floor test, says Kesarkar

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will take decision on cabinet expansion after the floor test, rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar said on Friday. The floor test of the new government is scheduled to take place on July 4. Kesarkar was speaking to reporters at a starred resort in Goa where Shiv Sena MLAs belonging to the Shinde faction are staying. After the floor test, the chief minister and deputy chief minister will decide on cabinet expansion, he said. There has been no discussion yet on cabinet berths or distribution of portfolios to rebel MLAs, Kesakar claimed. On a viral joke that the Shinde-led government is an `ED’ government, he said, `ED’ means Eknath and Devendra, who will work for the betterment of Maharashtra. The other ED (Enforcement Directorate) will summon you for investigation you should appear before it, submit your clarification and get the clean chit, he said.

Jul 02, 2022 08:33 IST

Mumbai Ka King Kaun? BMC Polls Moment of Truth for Rebel Shinde, Snubbed Thackeray

With Eknath Shinde in Maharashtra’s driver’s seat, the much-delayed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections will now prove to be the real litmus test for the rebellion-hit Shiv Sena.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a calculated move by putting Shinde at the helm, as not only is the BMC a Shiv Sena’s fortress, but the party has also controlled it for decades, having 21 mayors since 1971. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 08:20 IST

Mumbai Ka King Kaun? BMC Polls Moment of Truth for Rebel Shinde, Snubbed Thackeray

With Eknath Shinde in Maharashtra’s driver’s seat, the much-delayed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections will now prove to be the real litmus test for the rebellion-hit Shiv Sena.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a calculated move by putting Shinde at the helm, as not only is the BMC a Shiv Sena’s fortress, but the party has also controlled it for decades, having 21 mayors since 1971. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 08:14 IST

Uddhav Thackeray Wonders Why Did BJP Refuse to Give CM Post to Shiv Sena in 2019

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday questioned BJP’s decision to install a “so-called Shiv Sainik” as Maharashtra chief minister when it did not keep its 2019 promise of rotating the CM’s post.

Addressing a press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Thackeray also asked the BJP not to betray Mumbai like it betrayed him. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 08:03 IST

New Maharashtra Govt to Put Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-speed Rail Project on Fast Track, But Hurdles Remain

The new government in Maharashtra in which the Bharatiya Janata Party is a partner is expected to finally fast-track Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature high-speed rail corridor project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The focus is on acquiring about 150 hectares of pending land in Maharashtra. READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 07:42 IST

Raj lauds Dy CM Fadnavis; says he has set an example of party loyalty and commitment

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Friday said Devendra Fadnavis has set an example of party loyalty and commitment by taking over as deputy chief minister of the state despite being the frontrunner for the top post. In an open letter to Fadnavis, Thackeray said the senior BJP leader was expected to return as the chief minister of Maharashtra, but that did not happen. “You were the chief minister for five years. To form this government you took enormous efforts and despite that you accepted the post of deputy chief minister as directed by your party, casting aside your own aspersions,” Thackeray said. “Your act has shown that the party is above any individual. This is a textbook example of loyalty to one’s party. This is something every office bearer of other parties must note,” Thackeray said, adding that he didn’t want to get into the discussion on whether the post deputy CM was a promotion or demotion.

Jul 02, 2022 07:23 IST

Uddhav Thackeray Sacks Eknath Shinde as 'Shiv Sena Leader', Accuses Him of 'Indulging in Anti-party Activities'

Amid the ongoing battle over the control of Shiv Sena, party president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday removed Eknath Shinde from the post of ‘Shiv Sena leader’ for “indulging in anti-party activities”.

In a letter to Shinde, who was sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister a day earlier, Thackeray said that Shinde has also “voluntarily” given up the membership of the party, therefore “in the exercise of powers vested in me as Shiv Sena party president, I remove you from the post of Shiv Sena leader in the party organization.” READ MORE

Jul 02, 2022 07:18 IST

Shinde govt a 'two-wheeler', says NCP, asks Sena rebels to apologise to Thackeray

The NCP on Friday dubbed the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra as a “two-wheel scooter” whose handle is in the hands of the pillion rider and demanded the Shiv Sena rebels apologise to party president Uddhav Thackeray. State NCP spokesman Mahesh Tapase said the BJP had termed the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government as a “three-wheel auto-rickshaw” pulling in different directions when the new dispensation headed by Sena rebel Shinde itself resembled a two-wheeler. Shinde took over as the chief minister on June 30. “The new government is a two-wheel scooter whose handle is with the pillion rider,” he said, apparently referring to BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who has been appointed the deputy chief minister. Tapase said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party is the “real Shiv Sena” and the rebel MLAs should go to ‘Matoshree’ (private residence of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra) and seek forgiveness for raising a banner of revolt, which brought down the MVA government.

Jul 02, 2022 07:17 IST

Nominations for Speaker Post Today, Rebel MLA Narvekar 'Top Choice', Say Reports

First-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rahul Narvekar on Friday filed his nomination as the party candidate for the post of Maharashtra Assembly speaker, election for which, if required, will be held on July 3. The Congress, which was part of the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, sought to know how Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari can allow the Speaker’s election now when he did not give consent for the process when the Shiv Sena-led alliance was in power.

A communique issued by the state legislature secretariat to the Assembly members said the election to the post of the Speaker of the House will be held on July 3. Nominations for the post will be accepted till 12 noon on July 2.Narvekar, the MLA from Colaba Assembly constituency in Mumbai, filed the nomination for the post of Assembly Speaker, an official said.

Election for the post, if needed, will be held on July 3, when a special two-day session of the Assembly, called to allow the new Eknath Shinde-led government to prove its majority, begins.The opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance is yet to announce its candidate for the position, which has been lying vacant since Congress MLA Nana Patole resigned from the post in February last year.

Narvekar is the son-in-law of NCP leader Ramraje Nimbalkar, who is chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, and had been earlier associated with the Sharad Pawar-led party and also the Shiv Sena. “Rahul Narvekar will be our candidate for the post of Assembly speaker,” a state BJP spokesperson said earlier.

If Uddhav Thackeray does not withdraw his decision of removing Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde from the position of ‘Shiv Sena leader’, then he will challenge the move legally, a rebel Sena MLA said on Saturday. Shiv Sena president and former chief minister Thackeray on Friday removed Shinde from the post of ‘Shiv Sena leader’, accusing him of indulging in “anti-party activities”.

In a letter, Thackeray said Shinde had “voluntarily” given up the membership of the party, therefore “in exercise of powers vested in me as Shiv Sena party president, I remove you from the post of Shiv Sena leader in the party organisation”.

Deepak Kesarkar, who is the spokesperson of the Shinde faction, told reporters in Goa, where they are currently camping, that if Thackeray did not reverse the decision, then legal action will be taken.

“All elected MLAs have appointed Shinde as the group leader. His removal as the legislative assembly group leader has also been challenged in the Supreme Court. We will respond to Thackeray legally,” Kesarkar said, adding that Shinde, as chief minister, was now the leader of the legislative assembly. “We have decided that we will not respond to any statements from Uddhav Thackeray. He is our leader and we respect him,” the Sawantwadi MLA said.

The Shinde faction is expected to be back in Mumbai tonight to attend the special session of the assembly beginning on Sunday. First-time BJP MLA Rahul Narvekar on Friday filed his nomination as the party candidate for the post of Maharashtra assembly speaker, election for which, if required, will be held on July 3. The Congress, which was part of the former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, sought to know how governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari could allow the speaker’s election now when he did not give consent for the process when the Shiv Sena-led alliance was in power.

A communique issued by the state legislature secretariat to the assembly members said the election to the post of the speaker of the house will be held on July 3. Nominations for the post will be accepted till noon on July 2. Narvekar, the MLA from Colaba assembly constituency in Mumbai, filed the nomination for the post of assembly speaker, an official said.

The opposition MVA alliance is yet to announce its candidate for the position, which has been lying vacant since Congress MLA Nana Patole resigned from the post in February last year.

Narvekar is the son-in-law of NCP leader Ramraje Nimbalkar, who is chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, and had been earlier associated with the Sharad Pawar-led party and also the Sena. “Rahul Narvekar will be our candidate for the post of assembly speaker,” a state BJP spokesperson said earlier.

Generally, a senior legislator, who is well-versed with house proceedings, conventions, previous rulings and precedents, is appointed the speaker. Newly sworn-in CM Eknath Shinde, in whose cabinet BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is the deputy, will face the floor test on Monday (July 4).

Senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat, meanwhile, sought to know how Koshyari could allow election of the assembly speaker now when he had refused to give consent for the process earlier this year.Talking to the media, Thorat, who was a minister in the MVA government, said a delegation of the then-ruling alliance had called on the governor and requested him to allow holding of the speaker’s election.

“We got a reply (from the Governor) that the matter was sub-judice. The (Bombay) HC had already rejected a petition challenging our decision to amend rules regarding speaker’s election making it through voice vote and it was pending before the Supreme Court,” Thorat said. He sought to know what has changed now. “Will the governor allow the election through voice vote or secret ballot?” the Congress leader asked.

Thorat showed a Raj Bhavan letter dated March 15 rejecting the MVA government “a request to allow the speaker election”. The MVA government amended relevant rules in December 2021 and opted for open voting method (voice vote and show of hands instead of secret ballot) to elect speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly.

The new rules were challenged by BJP MLA Girish Mahajan in the Bombay High Court, which dismissed his petition on March 9. Mahajan later approached the top court, where the issue is pending.

Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said the rebel Sena MLAs will invite disqualification if they did not vote in favour of the MVA candidate in the speaker’s election. Patil said the three-party alliance, consisting of the Sena, NCP and Congress, will put up a joint candidate for the post.

He said the opposition alliance will push for disqualification of rebel Shiv Sena members if they fail to vote in favour of the MVA candidate. “The three parties haven’t sat down together to discuss the future course of action after the collapse of the government (on June 29). We will meet to discuss how we can contest the upcoming local body elections together wherever possible. We will have a common candidate for the Speaker ‘s election,” Patil said. “Our government has been dislodged and now we are in the opposition. We will be a responsible opposition and win the faith of people,” the former minister said.

Referring to the Income Tax notice to NCP president Sharad Pawar, Patil said, “We came to know about the issue when Pawar spoke about it during a press conference in Pune. If the I-T had sought the details from the Election Commission regarding last four elections he contested, the department would have got their replies.” He said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who is facing ED questioning in a money laundering case, was innocent. .

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