BJP planning to corner Uddhav Thackeray through legal way

Umakant Deshpande

Mumbai: As rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde claims that the original Shiv Sena is his own, the BJP has come up with a strategy to legally embarrass Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. As we have more than 37 MLAs, it should be recognized as the original Shiv Sena Legislative Party and an application will be submitted to the Central Election Commission by the Shinde group to get the official election symbol of the bow and arrow. The BJP has started consulting legal experts on whether the legal issues raised after the expulsion of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from the Congress can be relied upon.

We are not out of Shiv Sena, we are Shiv Sena activists following the ideology of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray. I am also the leader of the Legislative Group, claims Eknath Shinde. His group has chosen Bharat Gogavale instead of Sunil Prabhu as its chief spokesperson and has requested the vice-president to approve it. I will resign from the post of Chief Minister and Shiv Sena party chief, but the Shinde faction has rejected the appeal made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that the rebel MLAs should step back. Therefore, the BJP is now preparing to fight a legal battle with the Legislature, the Election Commission and the Supreme Court with the help of legal experts.

Trying to keep the government, ready to sit in opposition, the role of the Nationalist Congress

With Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray, there are only 17 MLAs left. If the Chief Minister does not resign on his own, the Shinde faction will ask the Governor to direct the government to come up with a no-confidence motion. BJP will also support Shinde’s demand. Eknath Shinde will issue a whip for Shiv Sena MLAs to vote against the no-confidence motion of the government if they do not get the approval of the Vice President by forming a separate group of MLAs with Thackeray. The BJP is playing a game of disqualifying MLAs along with Thackeray if they do not abide by it. Before that, the Assembly Speaker will be selected by BJP and Shinde faction. Therefore, the only option for Thackeray to get the approval of the Legislature and the Election Commission is to form a separate group of MLAs with him to save the legislature, BJP sources told Loksatta.

Play again on the lines of Syndicate-Indicate

The then Congress President S. Nijlingappa had expelled former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from the Indian National Congress on November 12, 1969 for violating party discipline. Many leaders, office bearers and MLAs from the original Congress had gone with Indira Gandhi. The original Congress Congress (O) became the Syndicate and Indira Gandhi’s Congress came to be known as the Congress (R). The Central Election Commission had approved the Congress group led by Indira Gandhi. Based on this, the BJP now intends to fight the Shinde faction.

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