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Amidst the political turmoil in Maharashtra, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to all the parties and sought a response within five days. The court will now hear the matter on July 11. On the other hand, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has taken action against the rebel ministers and snatched their ministries.
The court sought response on the petitions of the rebel MLAs challenging the legality of the disqualification notice. The top court, however, refused to pass an interim order on the Maharashtra government’s plea seeking non-conduct of the floor test in the assembly. The court said they can approach it against any illegal move.
A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala also directed the Maharashtra government to safeguard the life, liberty and property of 39 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and their families. Issuing a notice to the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court directed him to keep on record the affidavit of no-confidence motion notices given by the rebel MLAs.
The top court also took on record the statement of the counsel appearing for the Maharashtra government that adequate steps have been taken to protect the life and property of the rebel MLAs. The next hearing of the case will be on July 11.
Earlier, senior advocate NK Kaul, appearing for the rebel MLAs, told the bench that the Uddhav Thackeray group of the legislature party was in a “minority” and was “damaging the state’s system”. The atmosphere is not conducive for these MLAs in the state as they have been threatened. Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena MLA and Minister Eknath Shinde has moved the apex court against the disqualification notice issued to him and other rebel MLAs by the Deputy Speaker.
It is noteworthy that Shinde and a large number of MLAs revolted against the leadership of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 21 and are currently in Guwahati, Assam.
On the other hand Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been summoned by the ED in a land scam case and asked to appear tomorrow. On the other hand, the meeting of BJP’s core committee has started at Devendra Fadnavis’s house.
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Shinde faction may ask the governor for a floor test. Shinde party can demand a no-confidence motion from the governor. It can withdraw its support to the Mahavikas Aghadi government and claim itself to be the real Shiv Sena.