On July 11, the Supreme Court will hear, among other petitions, a new appeal filed by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray camp MLA Sunil Prabhu seeking suspension of dissident party MLAs from the Maharashtra Assembly House.
The petition further requests that the MLA be barred from visiting the House or participating in proceedings until their disqualification is resolved. Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu petitioned the Supreme Court for the suspension from the House of Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and 15 other MLAs who are facing disqualification petitions.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal has petitioned the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing on the subject. The Shiv Sena’s petition claimed, “To ensure that the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution is not rendered toothless and the defectors enjoy the fruits of their defection while the Deputy Speaker’s hands are tied.”
Shiv Sena has stated that it will approach the Supreme Court against the “brazen act” of appointing Eknath Shinde as Chief Minister “for defecting from the party.”
“The fact that Eknath Shinde became the CM and Devendra Fadnavis became the deputy CM clearly shows that Shinde along with his coterie of delinquent MLAs had all along been hand in gloves with the BJP to bring down the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.”
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal has petitioned the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing on the subject. The Supreme Court has stated that it will hear Shiv Sena’s new petition on July 11, along with other petitions filed by them.
Previously, the Supreme Court refused to stay the Maharashtra Governor’s directive to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to hold a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to prove its majority, after which the downtrodden chief minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned, paving the way for Eknath Shinde to take over.
The Shiv Sena sought a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala to defer the floor test on different grounds, arguing that it is the only way to settle such “problems of democracy.”
The Supreme Court has denied to hear an urgent petition filed by Shivsena’s Uddhav Thackeray’s camp against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs who revolted against the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister on Thursday, backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and a rebel group of Shiv Sena MLAs and Independents.
Shinde has been camping at a Guwahati hotel with dissident MLAs for more than a week after rejecting Sena leadership led by Uddhav Thackeray. In a House of 288 MLAs, the BJP claims the backing of 170 MLAs, including those from the Shinde faction.