Sena Vs Sena: Uddhav faction moves SC against Maha Speaker's order on disqualification plea

The Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) faction has challenged the decision of Maharashtra speaker Rahul Narwekar to recognise the Eknath Shinde faction as the real Shiv Sena.
Uddhav Thackeray and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.Uddhav
Uddhav Thackeray and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.Uddhav (File Photo)

NEW DELHI: Uddhav Thackeray faction on Monday had moved the Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra State Assembly Speaker, Rahul Narwekar's order, dismissing the disqualification petitions against Eknath Shinde and 38 MLAs ruling that the Shind faction of Shiv Sena is the real Shiv Sena, Advocate-on-Record (AOR) Nishant Patil in the case, told TNIE.

"The appeal has been filed before the Top court by Uddhav Thackeray group challenging the Maharashtra State Assembly Speaker's orders," Patil told TNIE.

He said that keeping in view the sensitivity, urgency and importance of the case, the matter would most probably likely to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court within a week or so.

Maharashtra State Assembly Speaker, Rahul Narwekar on January 10 had in his order declared that the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde was “the real political party” and "real Shiv Sena".

Besides recognizing Shinde faction as the real Shiv Sena, UT group has also challenged before the Top court the dismissal of the disqualification pleas against Shinde faction MLAs who rebelled & split party in June 2022 and bringing Sena (UT) MLAs under Shinde faction's control.

Uddhav Thackeray and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.Uddhav
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The UT Group's petition copy, accessed by this newspaper, revealed that the state Assembly Speaker's orders are erroneous, as it holds that the 2018 leadership structure cannot be relied upon as it purportedly does not confirm with the provisions of the Shivsena constitution.

"The orders of the State Assembly Speaker, is, without the consideration of the main grounds of the disqualification pleas, which have been filed by them (UT group)," the plea stated.

"The Speaker's order is ex-facie ultra vires the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution in as much as it appreciates the legislative majority of the ‘Shinde faction’ for the purpose of determining who is the political party. The order is a complete colourable exercise of power and is based on extraneous and irrelevant considerations. The Speaker has relied upon ‘legislative majority’ to determine who is the real political party," the petition of UT faction, said.

The Speaker must not base their decision as to which group constitutes the political party on a blind appreciation of which group possesses a majority in the Legislative Assembly. This is not a game of numbers, but of something more, it said.

The Speaker’s order is also in flagrant violation of the judgement of the Supreme Court in Subhash Desai, which has categorically laid down the fundamental difference between ‘legislature party’ and ‘political party’.

"The Speaker's orders in prima facie determining ‘which faction is the political party’ under the Tenth Schedule has by a roving enquiry and perverse reasoning has held the leadership structure of the Shiv Sena cannot be relied upon for the purpose of determining Shiv Sena Political Party," the plea said.

The Speaker's order is completely perverse in its appreciation on merits as it has not even considered the admitted factual position regarding disqualification under relevant statute. These are simply brushed away by stating that since ‘Shinde faction’ has been held to be the political party “none of the grounds could  be a ground to seek disqualification”.

The Speaker has perversely failed to consider the clear evidence demonstrating the service of whips on the MLAs through unimpeached emails.

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