New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked Uddhav Thackeray And Eknath Shinde Each has to produce documentary evidence to prove that he alone has the support of the concerned majority in Shiv Sena.
The Election Commission has asked the warring factions to submit a signed letter of support to the legislative and organizational wing of the party and a written statement by 1 pm on August 8.
After his rebellion led to the fall of the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Shinde was sworn in as the CM of Maharashtra along with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on June 30. Since then he has claimed that most of the MLAs are with him.
Shinde’s faction has selected the speaker as well as the chief whip in Maharashtra, and most recently the party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha, when 12 out of 19 MPs extended their support to the rebel camp.
The Uddhav-led Shiv Sena has claimed that the appointments are ‘illegal’ till the Supreme Court decides on the disqualification notices issued against the rebel MLAs before the fall of the MVA government.
Meanwhile, the Shinde camp is now reportedly moving to take control of the Shiv Sena’s Council of Representatives. The council is the Shiv Sena’s largest official forum with 282 members and includes Shiv Sena office-bearers ranging from party presidents to branch chiefs.
The CM’s camp has already written to the Election Commission to gain recognition as the real Shiv Sena.
(with inputs from agencies)