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The fight between two factions of Shiv Sena, led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, is on. Meanwhile, even during the election of the Speaker of the State Assembly on Sunday, legislators from both the sides issued separate whips to vote in favor of their respective candidates.
Thackeray-led group gives letter to deputy speaker
The Shinde-led group voted in favor of BJP’s Rahul Narvekar as its president, while 16 MLAs from the Thackeray-led camp voted against him. The Thackeray-led group later submitted a letter to Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal claiming that some of the MLAs had violated the party’s instructions.
Rahul Narvekar elected Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
BJP’s Rahul Narvekar was elected its president after the two-day special session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly began at 11 am. Narvekar, who secured 164 votes, defeated Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi, who got 107 votes. Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs in the house.
After the announcement of the new Speaker, Jirwal informed the House that he had received a letter from Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu (of Thackeray’s side) against some MLAs for alleged violation of his party’s directions. Prabhu also said in the House, “We have given letters to about 39 Shiv Sena MLAs who violated the party’s instructions to Jirwal. Later, Deepak Kesarkar, MLA of Eknath Shinde faction, said, a letter has been given to the deputy speaker against us. We also issued whip to the remaining 16 MLAs who are not with us.
Deputy Speaker said – Video recording of voting is available
Jirwal said that he had received a letter from Shiv Sena (Thackeray group) regarding non-compliance of party whip by some MLAs. Jirwal did not issue any directions in the matter and said that a video recording of the voting was available apart from other documentary evidence.
Hearing on Sunil Prabhu’s petition in the Supreme Court on July 11
On July 11, the Supreme Court will hear Sunil Prabhu’s plea seeking suspension of the assembly of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs. Last month, Shinde had started a rebellion against the party. Most of the MLAs supported him, which led to the fall of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress included) government.
Shinde took oath as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, while BJP veteran Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy CM. After stepping down from the chief minister’s post, Thackeray removed Shinde from the post of ‘Shiv Sena leader’.