The Supreme Court today admitted Uddhav Thackeray’s plea over the Shiv Sena name and symbol, which was allotted to the rival Eknath Shinde faction last week by the Election Commission of India.
The Supreme Court has also assured status quo on the issue that has been the bone of contention since the split of the party last year.
The Uddhav Thackeray faction had urged the Supreme Court to decide the disqualification proceedings against Mr Shinde and the MLAs belonging to the rival camp.
Eknath Shinde was named as the Shiv Sena chief at a key meeting of the party yesterday. This came days after the poll body’s decision.
Here are the updates on the case:
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The Supreme Court rejected the suggestion of the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena to decide the disqualification proceedings pending against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and MLAs belonging to his camp, saying it cannot assume the role of the Speaker as doing so will have “serious ramifications”.
Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar today reacted on the battle between the Thackeray and Shinde factions and said “I’ve never seen the Election Commission take away control of one party.”
Mr Pawar earlier said he “doesn’t want to get involved in the controversy regarding the name and symbol given to Eknath Shinde.”
He advised Uddhav Thackeray to accept the election body’s decision and said “It will not impact as people will accept (the new symbol). It would just remain in the discussion for the next 15-30 days.”
The Supreme Court admitted Uddhav Thackeray’s plea today.
The ‘mashal’ or the flaming torch election symbol will remain with Uddhav Thackeray for now, the Supreme Court said today.
The Supreme Court refused to put a stay on the Election Commssion order recognizing the Elmath Shinde faction as a real Shiv Sena.
A notice has been issued to the Shinde camp for not ordering whips.
The Supreme Court has admitted Uddhav Thackeray’s plea and the hearing is underway. Mr Sibal appearing for Team Thackeray is seeking an interim relief over taking control of offices, he said the parliament offices have been taken over.
We want protection and we don’t want our properties and bank accounts to be taken over, Mr Sibal said.
Mr Sibal appearing for Uddhav Thackeray responded and said this is “untenable”
Why should the Thackeray faction come to the Supreme Court directly, the matter was heard and the Election Commission was allowed to go ahead and take a decision, the Eknath Shinde told the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.
Mr Shinde’s lawyer Mahesh Jethamalani earlier said they will explain why the Supreme Court should not intervene in this matter as the high court has already rejected it.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal will be appearing for team Thackeray, and had sought an urgent hearing before the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.
The Uddhav Thackeray faction has questioned then Governor BS Koshyari’s decision to swear-in Mr Shinde as the Chief Minister in 2022 when disqualification proceedings against him and other MLAs were pending before the deputy speaker.
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