Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena faction has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Election Commission from deciding who controls the party – whether it’s Mr Thackeray or Chief Minister Eknath Shinde – until a decision is made. taken on the disqualification of MPs who had rioted against Mr. Thackeray, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The Shinde team, after forming the government with the support of the BJP, claims that this is the ‘real Shiv Sena’.
The Election Commission has asked the two Sena groups to provide documentary evidence and written statements by August 8 to prove who represents the Maharashtra party. Only then will the Electoral Commission hear the case.
The Thackeray team, in a petition, told the Supreme Court that the Electoral Commission cannot decide which group represents the Shiv Sena until there is clarity on the disqualification of rebel Sena MPs – who jumped from Gujarat to Assam to Goa in a political operation last month – and dethroned Mr Thackeray.
In a letter to the constitutional body responsible for awarding party symbols and holding elections, the Shinde team said it had the support of 40 of Lok’s 55 MPs and 12 of Lok’s 18 MPs. Sabha.
“… It is obvious that there is a split in the Shiv Sena, of which one group is led by Eknath Shinde and the other group is led by Uddhav Thackeray, both groups claim to be the real Shiv Sena with their leader being the presumed chairman of the Shiv Sena party,” the election commission said on Saturday in a notice to both sides asking for documentary evidence for control of the party by August 8.
The election commission said it would only move to the next stage for a “substantive hearing” after obtaining the documentary evidence and written statements.
The Shinde camp had asked the Maharashtra assembly speaker to disqualify the Thackeray team. On July 11, the Supreme Court, however, told President Rahul Narwekar not to proceed with the plea seeking the disqualification of the Thackeray team.
The Shinde camp said its Sena rivals should be disqualified for challenging the party whip in the vote of confidence and election of the president last month.
Both sides have been asked to formulate questions by Wednesday for consideration by a broader Supreme Court bench, and the case would be heard on August 1.