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Sanjay Raut demands President rule in Maharashtra until SC verdict on Shiv Sena factions disqualification pleas

The two groups, led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde respectively, have called for the disqualification of lawmakers from the rival faction. The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments on July 20

File photo of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. ANI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is due to hear pleas filed by rival factions of the Shiv Sena on July 20 regarding the disqualification of MPs. A three-judge bench consisting of CJI NV Judges Ramana Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli will hear the arguments.

Ahead of the hearing, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut demanded the imposition of presidential rule in Maharashtra until the constitution bench delivers its verdict. Raut lashed out at the newly formed government of Eknath Shinde over the delay in forming the new cabinet.

“Barbados has a population of 2.5 lakh and yet a cabinet of 27. Maharashtra’s population of 12 million has a cabinet of 2 members who make arbitrary decisions. Where is the respect for the constitution?” he tweeted.

Rauthas demanded that until the constitution bench of the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the disqualification of the rebel Shiv Sena deputies, presidential rule be imposed in the state.

“Section 164 (1-A) of the Constitution stipulates that the number of ministers, including the chief minister of the state, shall not be less than 12. During the past two weeks, the cabinet consisting of only two ministers made decisions that are not in accordance with the valid Constitution. Governor, what is going on? he asked.

After his rebellion led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray, Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30 along with Devendra Fadnavis, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in as Deputy Chief Minister.

According to the latest speculation, the formation of the new council of ministers could take place a few days after the presidential elections, scheduled for July 18. A senior BJP official said the cabinet could be expanded on July 20 or 21.

Raut, who is in Delhi, criticized the Shinde-led government on Sunday for failing to expand the cabinet. “It (cabinet expansion) did not happen because there is a constitutional problem. the Supreme Court. If they take the oath as ministers, they will be disqualified,” he said.

Last Monday, the Supreme Court requested the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly not to take any decision on the disqualification of Shiv Sena MPs.

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat had issued show cause notices to 53 Shiv Sena MPs. Forty of the notices were sent to the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the remaining 13 belong to the Uddhav Thackeray group. Both groups have called for the disqualification of lawmakers from the rival faction.

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