Maha fight: Uddhav, Narwekar lock horns over disqualification of MLAs

Thackeray was addressing the Maha Patrakar Parishad, a mega press conference, along with legal experts Asim Sarode and Supreme Court lawyer Rohit Sharma.
Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde
Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath ShindeFile Photo

MUMBAI: Upping the ante against Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday sought to know if his father Balashaeb Thackeray founded party was not the real Shiv Sena, then why did the BJP seek its support for the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Thackeray was addressing the Maha Patrakar Parishad, a mega press conference, along with legal experts Asim Sarode and Supreme Court lawyer Rohit Sharma. The senior leader went on to say how he was elected as leader of the party and shared the constitution and its amendments to bolster his stand. He said Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Speaker Narwekar should come out in public and tell people “who the real Shiv Sena is”.

“BJP national president JP Nadda earlier said only his party will remain while the others shall be wiped out. Narwekar’s order on the disqualification of the Shiv Sena MLAs are part of this conspiracy,” Thackeray alleged.

He said as per the Election Commission of India and Speaker Narwekar, if the Shiv Sena constitution had not existed since 1999, then how did the BJP ask him to support Narendra Modi in 2014?

“Why in 2019 the BJP called me for my signature on a support letter? They should have taken the signature of any random person. How did Devendra Fadnavis enjoy being chief minister of Maharashtra for five years in 2014 to 2019? Why did the people who ditched me enjoyed the post and positions in Shiv Sena and government if our constitution was not valid and legally tangible,” asked Thackeray.

Meanwhile, responding to the allegations, Speaker Narwekar said the Opposition, especially Uddhav Thackeray, is terming his order “wrong”. They should specify the wrongs and lapses in the order, he added. “If I have done anything wrong, then they should point it out, but he should not abuse him and use derogatory words against the erstwhile government and make comments on the Supreme Court and election commission of India. If they had no faith over constitutional institutions, how do they trust the constitutions? The wrong information has been spread against the person who is holding constitutional positions. Therefore, I have to replay and clarify it,” he said.

‘Specify the wrong’

Responding to the allegations, Speaker Narwekar said the Opposition, especially Uddhav Thackeray, is terming his order “wrong”. They should specify the wrongs and lapses in the order, he added. “If I have done anything wrong, then they should point it out, but he should not abuse him and use derogatory words against the erstwhile government and comment on the Supreme Court and the ECI,” Narwekar said.

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