BJP to follow ‘wait and watch’ policy after SC order on Maharashtra political crisis

A core committee meeting of the Maharashtra branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party addressed the political climate in the state and resolved to adopt a “wait and watch” strategy in light of the crisis the MVA administration was experiencing as a result of the Shiv Sena uprising.

Chandrakant Patil, the head of the Maharashtra BJP, and other BJP leaders attended the meeting, which was held at the mansion of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“Meeting of the BJP core committee was conducted. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the political climate in the state was analyzed and debated. It was also mentioned that Eknath Shinde claimed his side to be the original Shiv Sena. We spoke about the future role we should play in the present situation. “After the discussion, Sudhir Mungantiwar spoke with the media.

However, according to ANI’s report, the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who are now camped out in Assam are expected to remain there for a few more days.

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“Rebel MLAs from Maharashtra are likely to stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati, Assam, for longer. The hotel was reserved until July 5, but the reservation may now be extended if needed.”

“Following discussion, it was determined that we should wait and see what happens before calling another meeting of the core team, depending on the circumstances in the next days. The BJP would then decide in the best interests of the people, Maharashtra, “Source reported by ANI.

Uday Samant, the minister for higher and technical education from the Uddhav Thackeray camp, joined the rebels under the command of Eknath Shinde on Sunday in Guwahati.

Shinde’s followers wrote to the state governor asserting that he was still in charge of the Shiv Sena parliamentary group, while the Thackeray group deposed Shinde as head of the legislative party and named a new chief whip.

The Supreme Court intervened in the conflict between the two sides on Monday, allowing Shinde and other MLAs to respond to notifications of disqualification sent to them by the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly by July 12 at 5.30 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker had already given them till Monday at 5.30 p.m. to prepare a reply. In its ruling on Monday, a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala stated: “As a temporary remedy, the Deputy Speaker has extended the deadline for the petitioners and other MLAs in a similar position to make their arguments till July 12. Without jeopardizing their legal standing in the writ case, the petitioners or additional MLAs are free to make their reply.”

The supreme court heard the Shinde group’s petitions contesting the Deputy Speaker’s notifications of 16 rebel MLAs’ disqualification as well as the choice of Ajay Choudhary to head the Shiv Sena Legislative Party. The Deputy Speaker, Secretary of the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly, the Center, Ajay Chaudhary, and Sunil Prabhu were also sent notices by the SC bench, and they were instructed to respond in writing within five days.

In response to 39 MLAs’ request for security due to alleged threats against them, the Supreme Court noted the statement of Rahul Chitnis, the Maharashtra government’s standing counsel, that sufficient measures have already been taken, and the state government will go further to ensure that the MLAs’ lives, liberties, and property are not endangered.

Senior attorney Neeraj Kishan Kaul argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Eknath Shinde and others that the Deputy Speaker cannot begin the disqualification process while the resolution calling for his removal is still under consideration.

After the Supreme Court postponed the disqualification proceedings of dissident MLAs till July 11, Eknath Shinde tweeted, “This is the triumph of the Hindutva of Balasaheb Thackeray and the principles of Anand Dighe.”

On June 25, the Shiv Sena’s national executive meeting approved six resolutions granting Maharashtra Chief Minister and party leader Uddhav Thackeray unlimited authority to take action against the rebels to put the rebellion inside the party under control.

On June 26, two MLAs demanded the dismissal of the Maharashtra Deputy Speaker, who may be the one who decides whether or not to disqualify the dissident MLAs. Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, a member of Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, has been petitioned to be removed by independent MLAs Mahesh Baldi and Vinod Agarwal, who are reportedly allied with the BJP (NCP).

Mahesh Baldi, an independent MLA from the Uran assembly district, arrived at Vidhan Bhavan today and sent a letter to the Deputy Speaker’s office stating that he cannot dismiss the 12 MLAs.

He included many Supreme Court rulings in his letter, adding, “The whole Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration lacks a majority, making it impossible for them to exclude any MLA from office. I oppose the NCP and the Congress, and if the MLAs are disqualified, we will also file a lawsuit.”

Notably, the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly has been vacant since February 2021. The Deputy Speaker also approved Ajay Chaudhary’s selection to head the governing Shiv Sena in the assembly in lieu of Eknath Shinde, who objected to the choice. Since Chaudhary stands in for the “true Sena,” the “minority group” suggested his name, Shinde continued.

Shinde, ousted as the Shiv Sena’s legislative party leader by Ajay Chaudhary on Friday, is presently camped out in Guwahati with more than 40 opposition MLAs. Eknath Shinde, a prominent Shiv Sena minister, and several dissident MLAs turned against the party on June 20, setting up camp in Surat to shock the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration in Maharashtra. Later, the dissident MLAs moved their headquarters to a hotel in Guwahati.