New Delhi: Ready to move the Lok Sabha Speaker for the disqualification of 12 Shiv Sena MPs alleging allegiance to the rebel faction led by Eknath Shinde, the Uddhav Thackeray-led faction on Wednesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Tax challenged the decision of the president to recognize the new army. Leader and Chief Whip in Lok Sabha.
After 12 of the 19 Shiv Sena MLAs supported the Shinde group, the Thackeray-led MVA government in Maharashtra was toppled through a coup, with the speaker replacing Rahul R Shewale and Bhavna Gawle as the leader of the Sena’s legislature party in the Lok Sabha, respectively. Recognized as Chief Whip. In place of Vinayak Bhaurao Raut and Rajan Vichare.
Raut and Vichare said in a joint petition that the Speaker has “illegally, arbitrarily and unilaterally” removed them from the posts decided by the party and decided to recognize Shewale and Gawle as leaders and chief whips. “Prima facie illegal, unconstitutional and against the prevailing parliamentary conventions and precedents”.
This is done at the behest of ‘criminal’ (rebel) MPs who are guilty of anti-party activities and against whom separate disqualification proceedings are being initiated, he said. Sources said the petitions disqualifying the 12 MPs are likely to be filed before the Lok Sabha Speaker on Thursday.
“The Speaker made the impugned changes in the posts of Leader and Chief Whip without following the basic rules of natural justice or even without seeking explanation from the Shiv Sena political party or the petitioners here, in spite of the explicit request in this regard that is,” he said.
Thackeray-faction MP Petitioners said, “MLA or legislature party is only a product of political party. Legislature party is species and political party is genus. There is a umbilical cord which connects legislature party with political party. … MLAs or No action of the Legislature Party can be taken away from the objectives/objects and directions of the political party.”