No action against Aaditya Thackeray, because of respect for Balasaheb: Shinde group
The Eknath Shinde group Chief Whip Bharat Gogawale has served disqualification notices to all the Shiv Sena MLAs who defied his Whip for the floor test of the new government on Monday.
However, Gogawale also said that the notice has not been issued to Worli MLA and ex-Minister Aaditya Thackeray — the son of former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray — as a sign of respect for Balasaheb Thackeray‘.
Earlier, late on Sunday, the newly-appointed speaker Rahul Narvekar of the Maharashtra Assembly reinstated Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena Legislative Party Lleader. Narvekar struck down the appointments of Ajay Chaudhary as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party Leader (SSLP) and the Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu.
Prior to the Speaker’s election and the House trust vote, Chief Minister Shinde and his group had cautioned the Shiv Sena MLAs that they could face action for defying Gogawale’s Whip — as both sides are attempting to exercise their authority over the 56-year-old party.
On Sunday and Monday, the Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu and Shinde group’s Gogawale had issued separate Whips to both sides to vote as per their directives or face disqualification.
However, the Shinde Group faction had defied Prabhu’s whip and the government cleared both the major tests — July 3 Speaker election and July 4 vote of confidence — smoothly on the expected lines.
The next round is likely to unfold after the Supreme Court hearing on the matter scheduled on July 11.
Earlier, Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis led the Maharashtra government to clear the floor test in 23 minutes with a whopping 164 votes.
Following the rebellion in the Sena which erupted on June 20, the Thackeray faction had removed Eknath Shinde and appointed Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the legislative party leader, besides naming Prabhu as the Chief Whip.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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