Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena faction has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Election Commission from deciding who has control of the party – whether Mr Thackeray or Minister Eknath Shinde – until a decision is made on the removal of the candidates. The MLA rebelled against Mr Thackeray, the former Maharashtra Minister.
Team Shinde, after forming a government with the support of the BJP, declared it the “real Shiv Sena”.
The Election Commission has asked both Sena groups to provide documentary evidence and written statements by August 8 to prove who represents the Maharashtra party. Only then did the Election Commission hear the matter.
Team Thackeray in a petition told the Supreme Court that the Election Commission cannot decide which group represents Shiv Sena until there is clarity on the removal of the Sena MLA rebel’s status. – who jumped from Gujarat to Assam to Goa in a political activism last month – and dethroned Mr Thackeray.
In a letter to the constitutional body responsible for allocating party symbols and organizing elections, Team Shinde stated that it had the backing of 40 of the 55 MLA and 12 of the 18 Lok Sabha MPs. .
“…There is clearly a split within the Shiv Sena, one group is led by Eknath Shinde and the other is led by Uddhav Thackeray, both groups claiming to be the real Shiv Sena with the given Leader. is the chairman of the Shiv Sena party,” the Election Commission said Saturday in a notice to the two factions seeking documentary evidence for control of the party by August 8.
The Election Commission said it would take the next step for a “substantive hearing” only after receiving documentary evidence and a written statement.
Shinde Camp asked Maharashtra Council Speaker to remove Team Thackeray. However, the Supreme Court on 11 July told Speaker Rahul Narwekar not to proceed with the plea seeking Team Thackeray’s disqualification.
Camp Shinde has said its Sena rivals need to be disqualified for defying the party’s whip in last month’s confidence vote and Presidential election.
Both camps were asked to frame the issues Wednesday for a larger Supreme Court bench to review, and the matter will be heard on August 1.