New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to prohibit the Election Commission from deciding who is the real Shiv Sena party.
The Maha Vikas Agadi coalition government in Maharashtra, which was formed by the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress parties, was toppled last month. Disgruntled Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde have split and formed a government with the BJP.
In this case, 12 Shiv Sena MPs have submitted a separate petition to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, requesting him to authorize them to act alone. Also, Eknath Shinde’s side has written a letter to the Chief Election Commission claiming the rights of the Shiv Sena party.
In response, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena party has written to the Chief Election Commission stating that they are the real Shiv Sena and that the disgruntled group led by Eknath Shinde should not be recognized as Shiv Sena.
In this case, Eknath Shinde’s team has been recognized by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
Following this, Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to restrain the Election Commission from deciding who is the real Shiv Sena.
In this petition, Uddhav has said that the Election Commission cannot decide who is the real Shiv Sena as it has not yet taken a decision on disqualification of disaffected MLAs.
The Election Commission should not be allowed to take any action until a decision is taken on the petition as the case related to disenfranchisement of disgruntled MLAs is pending in court. If allowed, it would amount to interference with court proceedings and contempt of court. This is what he said in it.
Meanwhile, Arjun Kotkar, a senior leader of the party who was with Uddhav Thackeray, yesterday joined Shiv Sena disaffected group leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s team. This has come as a shock to Uddhav Thackeray’s side.