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Shiv Sena Crisis News LIVE Updates: In SC, Shinde Camp Snubs 'Man Who Can't Find 20 MLAs' Support; Legal Battle Likely to go to Larger Bench

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Last Updated: July 20, 2022, 14:48 IST

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L: Ex-Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray | R: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. (PTI photos)

L: Ex-Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray | R: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde. (PTI photos)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday hear pleas relating to the Uddhav Thackeray vs Eknath Shinde Shiv Sena legal battle and said some issues may go to a larger bench if required

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard the pleas relating to the rebellion in Shiv Sena and said that some matters in the Uddhav-Shinde legal battle, if necessary, may go to a larger bench.

The Apex Court posted the matter for hearing on August 1 as the Uddhav Thackeray camp sought a status quo to be maintained while the Shinde side snubbed ex-Maharashtra chief minister for not being able to gather the support of even 20 MLAs.

The bench, led by CJI NV Ramana, asked both Thackeray and Shinde factions to frame issues they wanted to argue, make one compilation and submit it preferably by next Wednesday. The Supreme Court bench also asked the respondents to file a common affidavit if they want to deny any allegations.

Disqualification proceedings, the election of Speaker, recognition of the whip and floor test among other issues are the subject matters of the dispute.

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Shiv Sena’s parliamentary party split on Tuesday, days after the split in Maharashtra assembly, with 12 of its 19 Lok Sabha members shifting allegiance to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and declaring two-term member Rahul Shewale as their leader in the Lower House.

Rahul Shewale, the leader of the rebel faction of the Shiv Sena, claimed that they have aligned with the BJP as per the wishes of Thackeray, who was himself making similar efforts in June last year but backtracked later. The claim was, however, rubbished by the Thackeray faction.

Latest Updates in Sena Vs Sena Crisis:

-Eknath Shinde Vs Uddhav Thackeray: All That Happened in Supreme Court Today

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard pleas relating to the rebellion in Shiv Sena and said that some issues in the Uddhav Thackeray vs Eknath Shinde legal battle, if necessary,  may go to a larger bench.

The matter will now be heard on August 1. The court has asked Speaker to not take action against any of the groups.

The Supreme Court bench, led by CJI NV Ramana, asked both Thackeray and Shinde factions to frame issues they wanted to argue, make one compilation and submit them by next Wednesday. The top court also directed the respondents to file a common affidavit if they want to deny any allegations.

Disqualification proceedings, the election of Speaker, recognition of the whip and floor test among other issues are the subject matters of the dispute.

During the court hearing, Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for the Uddhav Thackeray side, sough that a status quo be maintained, saying that “no faction should be hurt".

The Shinde side, meanwhile, snubbed ex-Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray as a “man who can’t gather the support of 20 MLAs".

-KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S HEARING

a. Several issues likely to be taken up by larger bench

b. Whether minority party leader has the right to disqualify other members of the party

c. Court has asked Shinde camp to file its response

d. Court has asked both sides to frame issues to be decided

e. Court has asked the Maharashtra legislative secretary to secure all records of the assembly

f. Court has asked Speaker to not take action against any of the groups

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SC HEARING:

-Shiv Sena Crisis LIVE Updates: Next Hearing in Sena vs Sena Legal Battle on Aug 1

The next hearing in the Sena vs Sena legal battle will take place on August 1.

-Some Issues to Be Referred to Larger Bench if Need Be: SC

ORDER | After hearing the counsels, it has been agreed that some issues in the Uddhav-Shinde legal battle may, if necessary, be referred to a larger bench also.

The Supreme Court has given all parties time till next Wednesday to file replies.

-Maharashtra Political Crisis LIVE: Let Status Quo be Maintained, Says Sibal

“Let status quo be maintained," Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav side, said in SC. No faction should be hurt, status quo should be understood, Sibal said.

-Political Party Has to Take A Call, Uddhav Didn’t Become a Leader ‘Just Like That’: Sibal 

When CJI said what if a CM does not enjoy confidence of his party despite being leader in legislative assembly, Kapil Sibal, appearing for Uddhav Thackeray, said: “Political party has to take a call. They have to say he does not enjoy our confidence. He [Uddhav Thackeray] happens to be the leader, hasn’t become so just like that".

-Shiv Sena Crisis LIVE Update: Shinde Camp Seeks A Week’s Time to File Replies on Petitions

Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde camp, has requested a week’s time to file reply to the petitions and post it next week.

To this, CJI said, “Time is not an issue. But some of the issues are important constitutional issues which should be settled".

‘Certain issues including split or no split are aspects which actually require hearing…we have to think how to go ahead with this matter," CJI said.

-‘Are We in Fantasy Land?’ Shinde Camp in SC 

Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde camp, said during SC hearing, “Are we in fantasy land that a man who cannot find the support of 20 MLAs should be restored as the Chief Minister?"

Salve also said that inner part of democracy provides the right to raise voice against the leader. “Raising the voice is not disqualification," he said.

-What’s Wrong if Large Part of Party Feels Another Man Should Lead? Shinde Camp Argues in SC

“Inner party democracy has been throttled by disqualification proceedings. If a large number of people in a party feels that another man should lead, what is wrong in that," Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde camp, argued in the Supreme Court during the hearing of pleas.

-Not Defection if You Gather Enough Strength Within the Party, Says Shinde Camp in SC

“The moment you gather enough strength within the party and stay within the party to question the leader without leaving the party, and say we will defeat you in the house, that is not defection," Harish Salve, appearing for the Shinde camp, said in the Supreme Court.

-On Disqualification of Shinde Camp, Team Uddhav Tells SC Democracy in Danger, Cites Clause for Merger of Factions

The Uddhav Thackeray side told in the Supreme Court that democracy is in danger. “You pre-empt the Speaker from deciding, you allow the new government to be formed. It’s a mockery of the system, of democracy, its unconditional," Kapil Sibal appearing for Uddhav Thackeray said in the Supreme Court.

-SC Begins Hearing Pleas On Rebellion in Party Filed By Shinde & Uddhav Factions

The Supreme Court is hearing today the petitions relating to rebellion in Shiv Sena. A bench led by CJI is hearing the pleas by Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackarey factions. Disqualification proceedings, election of Speaker, recognition of whip, floor test etc are among the matters to be heard.

OTHER TOP DEVELOPMENTS IN SENA VS SENA CRISIS:

-‘There Should Be Limit to One’s Greed’: Sena MP Slams Shinde Faction

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Jadhav expressed confidence that the party will tide over the existing crisis and slammed the rebel faction led by CM Eknath Shinde, saying there should be a limit to one’s greed.

The Parbhani MP said it was Shiv Sena that shaped the political career of many leaders and they should never forget it. In a video, Jadhav said he stands firmly with party president Uddhav Thackeray and feels indebted to the party for fulfilling his expectations “beyond imagination".

“Whatever Shiv Sena has given me until now is beyond my expectations. I stand firmly with Uddhav Thackeray. No one should ever think that Sena will wither away so easily," Jadhav said.

-Former  Sena MP Adhalrao Patil Declares Support for Shinde Faction

Shiv Sena leader and former MP from Pune district Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil and his followers on Tuesday declared support for the Shinde faction. Addressing a press conference here after holding a meeting with Sena leaders from the district, Adhalrao Patil announced the decision. On July 3, he was removed from the party which pained him, he said.

“Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray called me to say that my expulsion from the party has been revoked by issuing a corrigendum. Two days later, I and the party’s Pune district chief Sharad Sonawane met the party leadership at the Sena Bhavan (Sena HQ) and told them that it was unpalatable that I was removed only for posting a congratulatory message on social media for Eknath Shinde when he became CM," said the three-term Lok Sabha MP.In this meeting, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked him to contest the next Lok Sabha election from Pune city instead of his traditional constituency Shirur, and Thackeray endorsed the offer, Patil said.

-Uddhav Wanted Alliance with BJP Last Year, Says Rahul Shewale

Rahul Shewale, who was appointed the Shiv Sena leader in the Lok Sabha by the Shinde faction, claimed on Tuesday that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was himself keen on patching up with the BJP soon after the MVA government was formed in Maharashtra but backtracked later.

Shewale, a two-term member from Mumbai South Central, said Shiv Sena MPs had asked Thackeray in June last year to realign with the BJP as it would be difficult for them to win the 2024 parliamentary elections if the alliance with Congress and NCP continued.

He said Thackeray had even discussed the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, only to backtrack later.

-12 MPs Shift Allegiance to Shinde Faction

After the Maharashtra assembly, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena on Tuesday suffered a fresh jolt with 12 of its 19 Lok Sabha members shifting allegiance to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and declaring two-term member Rahul Shewale as their leader in the Lower House. Shewale, the leader of the rebel faction of the Shiv Sena, claimed that they have aligned with the BJP as per the wishes of Thackeray, who was himself making similar efforts in June last year but backtracked later.

“I welcome the stand taken by 12 Lok Sabha members of the Shiv Sena in supporting us. Our stand (of aligning with the BJP) was supported by 50 MLAs. We also received support from the party workers as well as people of the state," CM Shinde said on Tuesday.

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