Maharastra Political Crisis: Amid the ever-deepening political crisis in the state, Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal may send disqualification notices to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs today.
Sources said the disqualification hearing is likely to take place on Monday and the rebels will have to be present in Mumbai.
The deputy speaker preparing to send the notice means that the application filed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s team to disqualify the rebel MLAs led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has been accepted.
Sources said the MLAs will have to appear in person for the hearing and present their case.
The deputy speaker has already accepted Ajay Choudhary as the leader of the Sena’s legislature party in place of Eknath Shinde. He also rejected the suggestion of the Shinde camp to appoint Bharat Gogawala as whip.
In a last-ditch effort to save the ruling alliance, the Shiv Sena filed for disqualification of the rebel MLAs.
The team led by Eknath Shinde is unlikely to look for more rebel MLAs for Thackeray’s disqualification, as it will benefit the BJP.
It appears that the Shiv Sena’s game is to disqualify some rebels, to discourage the rest from facing elections, hence forcing them to return from Assam.
However, Shinde’s camp has made it clear that they will not back down.
After the Deputy Speaker issued notices to the rebel MLAs on the disqualification petition, two independent MLAs went straight to the Deputy Speaker to defend the Eknath Shinde camp, moving a no-confidence motion against Jirwal to stop the disqualification of the MLAs .
Shinde, backed by the rebel MLAs, has said that he will go to the Election Commission and claim the Shiv Sena as his own, as he has the numbers.