Aaditya Thackeray’s name not in disqualification list, Shinde factions say it is out of respect…

The Eknath Shinde-led faction in Shiv Sena did not name Aaditya Thackeray for disqualification for violating party whip during a floor test on Monday.

Bharat Gogawale, chief whip of Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction, told ANI, “We have given notices to disqualify all the MLAs who violate our whip. We have not given his (Aditya Thackeray’s) name (for disqualification) out of respect for Balasaheb Thackeray… Chief Minister will take a decision on this.

Aditya is a former cabinet minister and son of Uddhav Thackeray.

Gogavale has filed a petition seeking disqualification of Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar, seeking suspension of 16 MLAs of the Uddhav camp for violating the whip during the floor test.

Earlier in the day, Shinde won the Maharashtra Assembly with a thumping majority of 164 to 99 during the trust vote. Three MLAs abstained from voting during the trust vote, while Congress’s Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar were among those who did not vote.

Recently after the death of a Shiv Sena MLA, the present strength of the assembly has come down to 287, thus the majority mark is 144.

Ahead of the floor test, Shiv Sena MLA Santosh Bangar, from the Uddhav Thackeray camp, joined CM Shinde’s faction, taking the tally to 40. Speaking in the House after the floor test, Fadnavis said that when some MLAs were voting, members of the opposition bench shouted “ED, ED”.

“It is true that the new government has been formed by the ED, which is for Eknath and Devendra, the BJP leader remarked. Without naming former CM Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis claimed that Maharashtra has seen a “lack of availability of leadership” over the years.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear on July 11 a plea by Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu, seeking suspension from the Assembly of CM Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs, against whom disqualification petitions are pending, Having said that he is fully aware of the issue.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Prabhu, urged a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala that the interim petition needs urgent hearing as disqualification proceedings are pending against 16 MPs, including the chief minister.

(with PTI inputs)

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