The Shiv Sena on Sunday said the ongoing crisis in Maharashtra was not political but legal. A total of 16 rebel MLAs are facing disqualification notices on grounds of “anti-party activities”, said Sena MP Arvind Sawant.
“So far, we have been talking, but you were not getting authentic information. So, now we have an advocate from the Supreme Court to tell you what happened and how we (Shiv Sena) are right,” Sawant told Read More
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The Maharashtra home office said prohibitory orders had been put in place in different parts of the state in anticipation of a law and order situation due to the ongoing political crisis in the MVA-led government. “There’s no major incident of disruption of law and order situation in the state today. Adequate security has been provided at the office, residence of all MLAs who’ve gone to Guwahati. At no point was the security withdrawn of MLAs who’ve gone to Guwahati,” said the home office. It also said the state police was on alert and geared up to deal with any law and order issue. “Prohibitory orders are in force in different parts of the state. Anybody trying to disrupt peace will be dealt with as per the law,” said the home office. ANI
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar said the Eknath Shinde camp was ready to face the floor test in the Maharashtra legislative assembly but only after they were recognised as a Sena faction. He said once their strength increased to 51, they will be making the decision to return to Mumbai. “One to two more MLAs will come and join us. With their support and other independents, our strength will be increased to 51. We will arrive at a decision in three to four days and, thereafter, we will directly go back to Maharashtra,” said Kesarkar, adding, “MLAs of the Shinde camp are ready to face the floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly at any time, but first recognition should be given to Eknath Shinde faction. We will not go with the MVA government.” ANI
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday wrote to union home secretary Ajay Bhalla regarding the security of MLAs who are camping with rebel leader Eknath Shinde in Guwahati, and requested that adequate provision of central security forces be made and kept ready for them and their families in case the situation demands it.
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has approached the Supreme Court against the disqualification notices issued by the Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker against rebel MLAs. The plea also challenges the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary as the Shiv Sena’s legislative leader in the House in place of him. Senior advocate Harish Salve will be appearing for the Shinde camp.
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Sunday said rebel leader Eknath Shinde had taken advantage of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s ill health to launch a rebellion against the Shiv Sena. “But they (Shinde faction) aren’t capable of doing so, this isn’t rebellion, this is separatism. They took undue advantage of CM Uddhav Thackeray’s ill-health to do all of this,” he added.
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Sunday said Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had called rebel leader Eknath Shinde last month to ask him to become chief minister. But, back then, the Sena strongman started weeping, Aaditya said. “On May 20, CM Uddhav Thackeray called Eknath Shinde and asked him to become CM, if he wanted to become so, but at that time, he did drama and started weeping. Just a month after, he broke into rebellion,” he added.
Stung by a rebellion that threatens his government, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his team are now preparing to take on Eknath Shinde and his camp legally, with Shiv Sena counsel Devdutt Kamat saying that the two-thirds majority – required to dodge the anti-defection law – in the rebel group will apply only if there is a merger. “The concept of 2-3rd (to surpass anti-defection law) applies only if there is a merger. Until the MLAs don’t merge with another party, disqualification applies. Till today, there’s no merger, they have voluntarily given up membership,” said the legal advisor-cum-counsel for Shiv Sena. READ MORE
As the Shiv Sena on Sunday said the ongoing crisis in Maharashtra was “not political, but legal”, the Eknath Shinde-led rebel MLA camp moved the Supreme Court. According to sources, two members of the camp have filed the petition. The plea is currently in defect, hence, it would be cured by Monday and the matter would be mentioned before the vacation bench, sources added. The Shinde camp has made three main prayers in their petition. READ MORE
The Supreme Court will take up Eknath Shinde camp’s plea on Monday as the matter has been listed for urgent hearing. The rebel camp has also sent a copy of their SC petition to the Maharashtra government.
Eknath Shinde has now taken Maharashtra’s political crisis to the Supreme Court. The Shinde camp has challenged the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and also the rejection of a no-confidence motion against the Deputy Speaker.
The Shinde camp has also urged the SC to direct Dy Speaker not to take any action on the disqualification plea — filed by Shiv Sena — against them till the motion of removal of Dy Speaker is decided. They have also asked for a direction to Maharashtra government to provide security to the family of the rebel MLAs.
Maharashtra higher and technical education minister Uday Samant reached Guwahati on Sunday and greeted rebel camp leader Eknath Shinde on his arrival. There was much speculation over Samant’s arrival at the hotel from Surat and his movement was being closely tracked.
(Maharashtra higher and techincal education minister Uday Samant greets rebel leader Eknath Shinde on arrival at the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati. Image: News18)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday called the 40 MLAs camping in Guwahati “living corpses”, whose “bodies will be sent for a post-mortem to the assembly”. Referring to them and rebel leader Eknath Shinde, Raut said, “40 MLAs in Guwahati are living corpses, their souls are dead. Their bodies will be sent directly to the assembly for post-mortem when they come back. They know what can happen in the fire that has been lit here.” On his brother Sunit Raut being in touch with the rebel camp, he said, “Sunil Raut is holding a rally in Vikhrohli, go and see. Anyone from our family will never leave the Sena, it’s in our blood,” adding that rebel ministers will soon be expelled and the public needed to “have patience”.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his party will support chief minister Uddhav Thackeray till the last minute. He asked as to why rebel leader Eknath Shinde and the other MLAs were having issues when they did not express any in the last two-and-a-half years of MVA rule. “Eknath Shinde and other MLAs were there with the NCP in the government. They didn’t have any problems in the last 2.5 years. Why does it happen today only? It’s just an excuse… We will support CM Uddhav Thackeray till last minute,” Pawar added. ANI
As the Maharashtra political drama plays out, it has now emerged that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s brother, Sunil Raut, is in touch with the rebel Eknath Shinde camp. Sources close to Shiv Sena minister Eknath Sindhe – whose rebellion has plunged the Uddhav Thackeray government into a survival crisis – told CNN-News18 that Sunil Raut wants to join the rebel MLAs. Sources said Sunil felt that he was snubbed after he wasn’t assigned any ministerial position following the formation of the MVA alliance in 2019. Sources also said Sunil has been reaching out to the rebel group over the past two days. A section of the rebel MLAs, however, is not really keen to have him on board, sources said, adding, that is why no decision has been made on this yet. READ MORE
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday told the media that his party wanted to continue supporting the MVA government in Maharashtra. He said the policy of the NCP and Congress was clear on this. “Eknath Shinde and other MLAs who’ve gone with him (to Guwahati) have said to form a new alliance but NCP and Congress policy is clear to support the coalition government that we had formed. The MVA government is there (in Maharashtra) and we want to continue supporting it,” Pawar added.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his party’s full support was with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. Pawar spoke to the media in Delhi as he is in the capital to join the opposition’s presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha for filing nominations on Monday. “Our party’s full support is with CM Uddhav Thackeray… I have come to Delhi to join Yashwant Sinha for his nomination tomorrow for the presidential election,” Pawar said. The NCP supremo also held closed-door meetings with MVA leaders from the NCP, Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan, and Shiv Sena’s Anil Parab and Anil Desai to discuss the political fallout of the six-day-old rebellion. PTI
Mumbai Police has no information on when the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs will arrive in the metropolis from Guwahati in Assam, but preparations, including alerting airports, are underway, an official said on Sunday. “We have alerted airports and have deployed personnel (bandobast). We have no idea, however, on when these MLAs will arrive here. The MLAs have asked the hotel management there (Guwahati) to extend their stay till June 28,” the official said. PTI
Maharashtra’s Bhandara MLA Narendra Bhondekar’s birthday was celebrated at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati on Sunday in the presence of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other MLAs. Shinde also tweeted about the same and uploaded a video of the celebrations.
भंडारा विधानसभा मतदारसंघाचे आमदार श्री.नरेंद्र भोंडेकर यांचा वाढदिवस आज गुवाहाटीमध्ये सर्व सहकारी आमदारांच्या उपस्थितीत मोठ्या उत्साहात साजरा करण्यात आला.#WeSupportEknathShinde pic.twitter.com/TxaLOZ4kat
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) June 26, 2022
Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Sunday said the ruling MVA in Maharashtra will last “two to three days”. Speaking at the inaugural function of an agriculture department building at Maharashtra’s Jalna in the presence of state NCP minister Rajesh Tope, the BJP leader said the MVA should complete remaining development works at the earliest as “we (BJP) will be in opposition only for two to three days”. “Time is running out. This government will last for two to three days. The BJP has nothing to do with this rebellion. Shiv Sena rebels have resentment towards chief minister Uddhav Thackeray as development funds were diverted by NCP and Congress,” the union minister of state for railway, coal and mines said. Queried on the possibility of the Eknath Shinde-led group merging with the BJP, Danve, himself a former state unit chief, said there was no such proposal and if one comes then the senior leadership would take a call. PTI
Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Sunday said so far, 16 rebel MLAs had been served disqualification notices over their action against the party. “Political turbulence is going on in Maharashtra, many MLAs defected and have gone to Assam. We have initiated the legal action against them and notice has been served to 16 MLAs till now,” Sawant said, adding that the notices had been served on grounds that they were all engaged in “anti-party activities”.
The MP further said the party was here to clarify its legal position and the status of proceedings against the 16 rebels. The SC lawyer present alongside Sawant said there were many judgments under which a legislator could be disqualified.
The Centre, meanwhile, extended Y-plus security cover of CRPF commandos to at least 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, officials said. Those who were provided the security cover include Ramesh Bornare, Mangesh Kudalkar, Sanjay Shirsat, Latabai Sonawane, Prakas Surve and 10 others. Meanwhile, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday. Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged ‘jode maro’ (hit with footwear) protests at two places – outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud – and raised slogans against the rebels.
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on late Saturday evening said Shiv Sena workers should understand that he was fighting to save the party from the clutches of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). Shinde’s appeal came after Sena workers loyal to party president and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray staged protests against the rebel MLAs led by him by defacing their banners, hurling stones in some places and vandalising the office of an MLA in Pune.
In a tweet in Marathi, Shinde, who is camping in Guwahati with his group of MLAs, said, “My dear Shiv Sena workers, try to understand the machinations of the MVA. I am fighting for rescuing the Shiv Sena and Sena workers from the clutches of the python of the MVA.”
“I dedicate this fight to the interest of Shiv Sena workers,” he added. Shinde and his supporters have said earlier that they want the Sena to pull out of the “unnatural” Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition with the Congress and NCP, and revive the alliance with BJP.
With tempers running high among Shiv Sena workers following the rebellion by party leader Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai police have deployed its personnel at the city-based offices of various political parties and leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, and their residences as a security measure, an official said on Saturday.
The instructions to remain alert and to provide security was taken at a meeting chaired by Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey, where senior officials including the joint police commissioner (law and order), additional commissioners and zonal DCPs were present, he said.
The prohibitory orders issued by the city police under section 37 of the Mumbai Police (MP) Act in the first week of June, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, will continue to remain in place till July 10. It bans the assembly of five or more persons at one place.
A police official clarified that he had referred to the section 144 of the CrPc earlier in the day by mistake, but later clarified that the prohibitory orders are in place as per the section 37 of the Act. On Saturday, cadres loyal to the Thackerays staged protests against the rebels by defacing their banners, hurling stones, and vandalising the office of an MLA in various parts of the state.
Majority of Shiv Sena MLAs have shifted their loyalty to minister Eknath Shinde and are camping in Guwahati, plunging the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Sena, into a crisis. A few incidents of attack on the offices of rebel MLAs have taken place in parts of the state.