Maharashtra Rebel MLAs Take Battle For Sena's Control To Supreme Court

The Shinde camp has also challenged appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader and the rejection of no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal.

New Delhi: The political battle Maharashtra's alliance government's future went into the legal zone today with rebel MLA Eknath Shinde challenging the Shiv Sena's move to disqualify him and 15 other MLAs in the Supreme Court. The matter will be heard today

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  1. The Eknath Shinde camp has also challenged the the appointment of Ajay Choudhari as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader by the Thackeray camp and also the rejection of no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal.

  2. The rebels have asked the top court to order the Deputy Speaker not to take any action on the disqualification plea till the matter of his removal is decided. They have also asked the court to direct the Maharashtra government to provide security to their families.

  3. The Shiv Sena has filed appeals for disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs earlier this week with the Deputy Speaker. The Shinde camp claimed the move was illegal since disqualification can happen only for matters in the assembly and not for skipping a party meeting.

  4. Earlier, Supreme Court lawyer Devadatt Kamat told reporters that there are many precedents of disqualification of MLAs for anti-party activities from outside the state.

  5. Also, the law says that rebel MLAs have to merge in some other party or they will be disqualified. In this matter, the Deputy Speaker has "all kinds of rights" in the absence of a Speaker, he added.

  6. The Sena is also planning other action against the rebel ministers. Sources said Eknath Shinde, Gulabrao Patil and Dada Bhuse are likely to lose their portfolios. Abdul Sattar and Shamburaje Desai are also likely to face action.

  7. Uday Sawant became the ninth Maharashtra minister to join the rebel camp. The rebels claim they have a two-thirds majority, which would enable them to split the party in the assembly without invoking the disqualification laws.

  8. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, a close aide of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, lashed out at the rebels today, saying, "The one who betrays Balasaheb is finished… From now on, we have to decide who to trust".

  9. Sena sources claimed that at least 20 MLAs camping with Mr Shinde are in touch with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Some of them are against a merger with the BJP.

  10. Despite being reduced to a minority, the Team Thackeray has also written to the Election Commission against the Shinde faction's move to call themselves "Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray" and stake claim for the party symbol.



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